Frank W Smith

Assistant Professor

Biology • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Evolutionary developmental biology, comparative genomics, comparative morphology

Education

B.S. University of Rhode Island (2007)

Ph.D. University of Connecticut (2013)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013-2017)

Biography

My research focuses on the origin and diversification of body plans found in the superphylum Panarthropoda (Arthropoda, Onychophora, Tardigrada)--a lineage renowned for its diversity of segmental body plans. In order to investigate body plan evolution in this lineage, I have built an integrative research program that combines comparative approaches to developmental genetics, genomics, and morphology. My approach allows me to reconstruct body plans of ancient panarthropod ancestors and elucidate the developmental changes that led to modern forms. My goal is to identify the developmental principles that govern the origin and diversification of segmented body plans. My recent studies have focused on the tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini.  At UNF, I am continuing my investigations of H. dujardini and working to establish distant tardigrade relatives of this species for comparative studies.     

Awards

2012                Introductory Biology Teaching Assistantship Award (excellence in teaching), University of Connecticut

2011, 2012      Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Connecticut

2011                Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut

2008                Mentoring Fellowship, Northeastern Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

2007                Brett Santoro Scholarship, University of Rhode Island

2007                Alpha Award, University of Rhode Island

Affiliations

European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology              

Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Society for Developmental Biology

Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology

Society for the Study of Evolution

Grants and Contracts Awarded

2011               Research exchange grant, Evo-Devo-Eco Network, NSF/EDEN grant no. IOS-0955517 

2010               Society for the Study of Evolution, Rosemary Grant Award

2010               Sigma Xi, Grant-in-Aid of Research

2010-2012      UConn EEB and James A. Slater Endowment Fund

2008               National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, honorable mention

Publications & Presentations

Publications

 

Smith, F.W. 2017. Embryonic In Situ Hybridization for the Tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols (in press).

 

Smith, F.W., Gabriel, W. 2017. Embryonic Immunostaining for the Tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols (in press).

 

Smith, F.W. and Goldstein, B. 2017. A Hypothesis for the Composition of the Tardigrade Brain and its Implications for Panarthropod Brain Evolution. Integrative and Comparative Biology (in press).

 

Smith, F.W. and Goldstein, B. 2017. Segmentation in Tardigrada and diversification of segmental patterns in Panarthropoda. Arthropod Structure & Development 46: 328-340.

 

Smith, F.W., Boothby, T.C., Giovannini, I., Rebecchi, L., Jockusch, E.L., Goldstein, B. 2016. The compact body plan of tardigrades evolved by the loss of a large body region. Current Biology 26: 224-229.  

 

Boothby, T.C., Tenlen, J.R., Smith, F.W., Wang, J.R., Patanella, K.E., Osborne Nishimura, E., Tintori, S.C., Li, Q., Jones, C.D., Yandell, M., Messina, D.N., Glassock, J., Goldstein, B. 2015. Evidence for extensive horizontal gene transfer from the draft genome of a tardigrade. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 15976-15981.

 

Jockusch, E.L., Smith, F.W., 2015. Hexapoda: Comparative aspects of later embryogenesis and metamorphosis. In: Evolutionary Developmental Biology of Invertebrates volume 5, Wanninger, Andreas (Ed.), Springer, 2015, pp. 111-208.

 

Smith, F.W., Jockusch, E.L., 2014. The Metameric pattern of Hypsibius dujardini (Eutardigrada) and its relationship to that of other panarthropods. Frontiers in Zoology 11: 1-16.

 

Smith, F.W., Jockusch, E.L., 2014. Hox genes require homothorax and extradenticle for body wall identity specification but not for appendage identity specification during metamorphosis of Tribolium castaneum. Developmental Biology 395: 182-197.

 

Smith, F.W., Angelini, D.R., Jockusch, E.L., 2014. A Functional genetic analysis in flour beetles (Tenebrionidae) reveals an antennal identity specification mechanism active during metamorphosis in Holometabola. Mechanisms of Develoment 132: 13-27.

 

Smith, F.W., Angelini, D.R., Gaudio, M.S., Jockusch, E.L., 2014. Metamorphic labral axis patterning in the beetle Tribolium castaneum requires multiple upstream, but few downstream, genes in the appendage patterning network. Evolution & Development 16: 78-91.

 

Angelini, D.R., Smith, F.W., Jockusch, E.L., 2012. Extent with modification: Leg patterning in the beetle Tribolium castaneum and the evolution of serial homologs. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 2: 235-248.

 

Presentations

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

 

2017                Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology Meeting, New Orleans, LA

2016                Biology Department Seminar, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

2015                Society for Developmental Biology Meeting, 4th EDEN Symposium, Snowbird, UT

2104                Biology Lunch Bunch Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2014                Evo-Devo Seminar, Duke University

2014                Developmental Biology Club, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2012                Wellesley Science Center Summer Research Program, Wellesley College                   

2011                Community College Institute, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

PLATFORM PRESENTATIONS

 

2015                13th International Symposium on Tardigrada, Modena, Italy 

2015                Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL

2012                4th Euro Evo Devo Conference, Tribolium Satellite Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal

2012                Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology Meeting, Charleston, SC

2011                2nd International Congress of Invertebrate Morphology, Cambridge, MA

2011                Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

 

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

 

2015                13th International Symposium on Tardigrada, Modena, Italy

2013                Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology Meeting, San Francisco, CA

2013                Evolution 2013, Snowbird, UT

2012                4th Euro Evo Devo Conference, Lisbon, Portugal

SmithContact Information

Building 59, Room 2315

(904) 620-2883

frank.smith@unf.edu