Jeroen B. Smaers
Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History
Associate Editor, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Director, Ph.D. program ( IDPAS).
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, UK, 2010
Courses taught at Stony Brook include EBH 204: Research Skills, EBH 230: Computer-based Biostatistics, EBH 316: The Evolution of the Human Brain, ANT/DPA 536: Advanced Biostatistics and Phylogenetic Comparative Methods
My research is dedicated to the macroevolutionary study of the brain. My lab investigates comparative differences in neural structure, and draws information from recent advances in molecular phylogenetic inference to estimate how traits have changed across millions of years of evolution. The primary objective is to elucidate the evolutionary pathways that underlie present-day variation, and investigate how neuroanatomical changes in deep time relate to diversity, adaptation and function.