Stephen Smith

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, and my primary interests are in computational evolutionary
biology. Most of my research involves tackling tough questions about
how things evolve by looking at large and broad datasets. This often
requires software development of one sort or another. Some of the
question that I ask include: “Why do things live where they live?”
“How do rates of evolution differ between species?” “How can we best
use all of our available data to address questions in evolutionary

In some ways, I have always been a nerd. As a preteen, I
started programming and installing early versions of linux on any
machine available. I enjoy reading books (the more academic the
better) in history and social sciences, and have accumulated over
3,000 books in my personal library. I also love music and play
clawhammer banjo (old timey), guitar, and drums. Before grad school, I
typically played in hardcore/punk bands until I switched to more banjo
playing. I still make it to shows when I can, but that is getting less