Peter E. Smouse

Distinguished Professor


001 Waller Hall, Cook Campus
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Phone: (848) 932-1124
FAX:(732) 932-2587


B.S. University of California at Berkeley (Forestry) 1960-1965
Ph.D. North Carolina State University at Raleigh (Genetics) 1965-1970
Postdoc University of Texas at Austin (Zoology) 1970-1972

Research Interests:

I was originally trained in forestry, but have subsequently worked in anthropology and human genetics, demography and mathematical ecology, bacterial ecology, statistical epidemiology and immunology, and psychometrics. I have worked on quantitative analysis of humans and higher primates, propagule flow in forest trees, taxonomic diversity in forbs and agronomic grasses, clinal variation in insects, ecological niche partitioning in bacteria, and forensic genetics of marine and freshwater fish. In more recent years, my group has focused primarily on mathematical modeling and statistical analysis of theoretical population biology problems, both those in evolution and ecology. Our recent work is theoretical, but modeling and data analysis have played a role in the program. Our concentration on the mathematical and statistical aspects has inevitably been linked to organismal and field context, most notably in forestry, agronomy, and marine science, but also with some forays into public health context.

We currently work on: (a) the analysis of spatial organization of genetic variation and diversity across the landscape, from micro- to macro- scales, (b) the evaluation of the propagule flow that moves genes, (c) the translation of such information into taxonomically nested and evolutionarily informative pattern of the biota. In the process, we (d) develop novel statistical and mathematical tools for molecular genetic analysis.

Selected Publications (2006 - 2015):

Sork VL, Smouse PE (2006) Genetic analysis of landscape connectivity in tree populations. LANDSC ECOL 21:821-836.

Peakall R, Smouse PE (2006) GenAlEx 6: Genetic Analysis in Excel. Population genetic software for teaching and research. MOLEC ECOL NOTES 6:288-295.

Smouse PE, Peakall R, Gonzales E (2008) A heterogeneity test for fine-scale genetic structure. MOLEC ECOL 17:3389-3400.

Nathan R, Getz WM, Revilla E, Holyoak M, Kadmon R, Saltz D, Smouse PE (2008) A movement ecology paradigm for unifying organismal movement research. PROC NATL ACAD SCI USA 105:19052-19059.

Smouse PE, Focardi S, Moorcroft P, Morales JM, Kie J, Reynolds J (2010) Stochastic modelling of animal movement. PHIL TRANS ROY SOC LOND B 365:2201-2211.

Struwe L, Smouse PE, Heiberg E, Haag S, Lathrop RG (2011) Spatial evolutionary and ecological vicariance analysis (SEEVA), a novel approach to biogeography and speciation research, with an example for Brazilian Gentianacea. J BIOGEOGR 38:1841-1854.

Peakall R, Smouse PE (2012) GenAlEx 6.5: Genetic analysis in Excel. Population genetic software for teaching and research - an update. BIOINFORM 28:2537-2539.

Scofield DG, Smouse PE, Karubian J, Sork VL (2012) Use of α, β, and γ diversity measures to characterize seed dispersal by animals. AMER NATUR 180:719-732. (with on-line Dryad Appendix, supporting material,

Ledig FT, Hom JL, Smouse PE (2013) The evolution of the New Jersey pine plains. AM J BOT 100:778-791.

Smouse PE, Whitehead MR, Peakall R (2015) An informational diversity analysis framework, illustrated with sexually deceptive orchids in early stages of speciation. MOLEC ECOL RESOUR 15:1375-1384.

Sork VL, Smouse PE, Scofield DG, Grivet D (2015) Impact of asymmetric male and female gamete dispersal on allelic diversity and spatial genetic structure in valley oak (Quercus lobata Née). EVOL ECOL 29:927-945.

Ledig FT, Smouse PE, Hom JL (2015) Post-glacial migration and adaptation for dispersal in pitch pine (Pinaceae). AM J BOT 102:1-18.


Current Position:

Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources (13-16)


UC-Berkeley, BS (Forestry) 65; North Carolina State University, PhD (Genetics) 70

Professional Experience:

Univ. Texas, Postdoc (70-72, Zoology)

Univ. Michigan, Asst. to Full Prof. (72-89, Human Genetics), Prof. (85-89, Biology)

Rutgers Univ., Prof. II (89-96, Marine & Coastal Sci); Assoc. Director (89-96, Cntr Theoret Applied Genet), Assoc. Dean Grad School (93-95); Acting Assoc. Provost (95-96), Prof. II (96-pres, Ecology, Evolution, Nat Resour, Chair 97-01)

Concurrent Positions:

NIH Committee Quant Genetics & Common Diseases 78; Assoc Editor Theoret Popl Biol 79-82; NSF Popl Biol Phys Ecol Panel 80-83; NIH Study Sect Mamm Genet 81; U Texas, Visit Prof Demogr Popl Genet 84-85; Assoc Editor Evolution 87-89; Ed Board Internat J Quant Anthropol 88-91; NRC Ad Hoc Comm Endang Amphibians 90; Assoc Editor J Heredity 90-92; NIH/NSF/DoE Human Genome Diver Proj 92; Counc Amer Genetic Assoc 94-96; Sloan/NSF Workshp Emerg Relev Evol Biol Appl Prob Oppor 94; NY State Foren Comm DNA Subcomm 95-98; US Nat Comm IUBS 95-98; Visit Scholar Austr Natl Univ 96-97; NSF Popul Biol Panel Disser Grants 98-99; Advis Comm Columb Earth Instit 98; FISHTEC Sci Advis Brd 98-01; NRB/Howard Hughes Doct Awards Pan 98; NJ High Educ Part Sustain Steer Comm (VP 00-01, Strat Plan Comm 03-04), Rev Brd Molec Ecol 00-03; NRC Comm on Atl Salmon Maine 00-04; Adv Brd Ecol Evol Biol., Columbia Univ 01-pres; Land Instit Adv Brd 01-pres; Special Study Section, NIGMS 03; Spanish For Univ Prof Res, (INIA) 04; Tech Disput Settle Brd Pac Salmon Comm 04-07; NW Power Conserv Coun 05-10; Hebrew Univ Fellow Inst Advan Stud 07; Extern Rev Nat Sci Dept Baruch Coll, CUNY 08; NESCent DipNet Work Group 15-


Biometrics & population theory, spanning the fields of evolution and ecology

Mailing Address:

Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources, ENRS Building, Cook College, Rutgers University, 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551

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