Dr. Deborah Roan Smith

Deborah Smith
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Dr. Deborah Smith's research combines molecular systematics with the study of social arthropods


CURRENT RESEARCH AREAS (1) Population genetics of presocial and social spiders in the genus Stegodyphus (Eresidae): with Dr. Yael Lubin, University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel. (2) Population structure in the colonial orb-weaver, Cyrtophora citricola (Araneidae) with Dr. Yael Lubin, University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel. (3) Social behavior in group-living kleptopasasitic spiders (Araneae: Argyrodinae) with Yong-Chao Su, University of Kansas. (4) Biogeography of Asian Apis. (5) Coevolution of Apis and Varroa in Asia. (6) Biology of Asian stingless bees.

Selected Publications

Sivayyapram, V., Smith, D. R., WeingdowNatapot, S., & Warrit, N. (2017). A new Liphistius species (Mesothelae: Liphistiidae: Liphistiinae) from Thailand, with notes on its natural history [Other]. In Journal of Arachnology (Vol. 45, Issue 3, pp. 287–295). Allen Press.
Ventura, L., Smith, D. R., & Lubin, Y. (2017). Crowding leads to fitness benefits and reduced dispersal in a colonial spider. [Journal Articles]. Behavioral Ecology, 28(5), 1384–1392. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arx106
Chomphuphuang, N., Smith, D. R., Wongvilas, S., Sivayyapram, V., Songsangchote, C., & Warrit, N. (2017). New species of Southeast Asian Dwarf Tarantula from Thailand: Phlogiellus Pocock, 1897 (Theraphosidae, Selenocosmiinae). [Journal Articles]. ZooKeys, 684, 57–73. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.684.12558
Yip, E. C., Berner-Aharon, N., Smith, D. R., & Lubin, Y. D. (2016). Coy males and seductive females in the sexually cannibalistic colonial spider, Cyrtophora citricola [Journal Articles]. PLoS1, 11(6), e0155433. https://doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pone.0155433
Smith, D. R., Su, Y.-C., Berger-Tal, R., & Lubin, Y. D. (2016). Population genetic evidence for sex-specific dispersal in an inbred social spider [Journal Articles]. Ecology and Evolution, 6(15), 5479–5490. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2200
DeFelice, D. S., Ross, C., Simone-Finstrom, M., Warrit, N., Smith, D. R., Burgett, M., Sukumalanand , P., & Rueppell, O. (2015). Geographic variation in polyandry of the eastern honey bee, Apis cerana, in Thailand [Journal Articles]. Insectes Sociaux, 62, DOI 10.1007/s00040-01400371-5. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00040-014-0371-5
Su, Y.-C., & Smith, D. R. (2014). Evolution of host use, group-living, and foraging behaviors in kleptoparasitic spiders: Molecular phylogeny of the Argyrodinae (Araneae: Theridiidae) [Journal Articles]. Invertebrate Systematics., 28, 415–431. https://doi.org/10.1071/IS14010
Berger-Tal, R., Tuni, C., Lubin, Y., Smith, D., & Bilde, T. (2014). Fitness consequences of outcrossing in a social spider with an inbreeding mating system  [Journal Articles]. Evolution, 68(2), 343–351. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.12264
Al-Ghamdi, A. A., Nuru, A., Khanbash, M. S., & Smith, D. R. (2013). Geographical distribution and population variation of Apis mellifera jemenitica Ruttner [Journal Articles]. Journal of Apicultural Research, 52(3), 124–133. https://doi.org/10.3896/IBRA.

Selected Presentations

Sivayyapram, V., Smith, D., & Warrit, N. (7/2/2016 - 7/9/2016). A new primitive trap door spider in Thailand. International Congress of Arachnology. Golden, CO, USA
Su, Y., & Smith, D. (7/2/2016 - 7/9/2016). Geographic structure and gene flow in a range expanding communal spider, Cyrtophora citricola (Araneidae) in Israel. International Congress of Arachnology. Golden, CO, USA
Smith, D. R. (5/31/2016). Why study abroad at the University of Kansas?. Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand