Scholarships and Awards

Jobs Held

Research and Management Interests

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant and Instructor, University of Texas

Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine

Adjunct Professor and Reserve Manager, University of California

Research Experience

Thesis Committees (date finished)

Doctoral Masters Undergraduate

Charles Wisdom (1985) Amy Salzman (1981) Derek Sikes (1991)

Manuel Aregullin (1986) Kathy Kuletz (1983) Tad Nakatani (2005)

Jan Cavin (1987) Jeffrey Mitchell

Margo Griswold (1989) Deborah Lawhon (1984)

Nathan Rank (1990) Michael Kingston (1984)

Luis Mota (1992) Jim Sayce (1982)

Svarup Wood (1995) Tim Holtsford (1984)

Invited Papers and Seminars

Contributed Papers and Poster Presentations

Professional Service

Administrative Experience

Public Recognition

Grant Support


  1. Otte, D and JT Smiley. 1977. Synchronous flashing in Texas fireflies: a consideration of interaction models. Biology of Behavior 2: 143-158.
  2. Smiley, JT. 1978. Plant chemistry and the evolution of host specificity: New evidence from Heliconius and Passiflora. Science 201: 745-747
  3. Gilbert, LE and JT Smiley. 1978. Determinants of local diversity in phytophagous insects: Host specialists in tropical environments. In: LA Mound and N Waloff, eds., Diversity of Insect Faunas. Blackwell, London
  4. Boggs, CL, JT Smiley and LE Gilbert. 1981 Patterns of pollen exploitation by Heliconius butterflies. Oecologia 48:284-289
  5. Waage, JK, JT Smiley, and LE Gilbert. 1981 The Passiflora problem in Hawaii, prospects and problems of controlling forest weed Passiflora mollissima (Passifloracae) with heliconiine butterflies. Entomophaga 26: 275-284
  6. Smiley, JT and CS Wisdom 1982 Photographic estimation of weight of insect larvae. Annals of Entomological Society of America 75: 616-618
  7. Smiley, JT The herbivores of Passiflora: Comparison of monophyletic and polyphyletic feeding guilds. Proceedings of V International Symposium on Insect-Plant Interactions, Wageningen, The Netherlands
  8. Smiley, JT. 1983 Passiflora foetida and P. vitifolia. In: D Janzen, ed., Costa Rican Natural History. University of Chicago Press
  9. Wisdom, CS, JT Smiley and E Rodriguez. 1983 Toxicity and deterrency of sequiterpene lactones and chromenes to Heliothis zea (Boddie). J. Economic Entomology 76: 993-998
  10. Smiley, JT 1985 Are chemical barriers necessary for butterfly- host plant coevolution? Oecologia 65: 580-583
  11. Smiley, JT 1985 Heliconius caterpillar mortality during establishment on plants with and without defending ants. Ecology 66: 845-849
  12. Smiley, JT and CS Wisdom. 1985 Determinants of insect growth rate on heterogeneous host plants in a rainforest environment. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 13: 305-312
  13. Smiley, JT, NE Rank and JM Horn. 1985 Ecological effects of salicin at three trophic levels: New problems from old adaptations. Science 229: 649-651
  14. Smiley, JT. 1986 Ant constancy at Passiflora extrafloral nectaries: effects on caterpillar survival. Ecology 67: 516-521
  15. Smiley, JT and NE Rank. 1986 Predator protection versus rapid growth in a montane leaf beetle. Oecologia 70: 106-112
  16. Smiley, JT. 1986 Chemical ecology of willows, leaf beetles, and predators: Adaptation along an elevation gradient in the eastern Sierra Nevada. In: CA Hall and DJ Young, eds. White Mountain Research Station Symposium 1: 106-113.
  17. Smiley, JT, PR Atsatt and NE Pierce. 1988 Local distribution of Jalmenus evagoras (Lycaenidae) in response to host ants and plants. Oecologia 76:416-422.
  18. Smiley, JT and NE Rank. 1990. Bitterness of Salix along the North Fork of Big Pine Creek, eastern California: Species and community elevational trends. Pages 132-147 in: CA Hall and V. Doyle-Jones, eds. Natural History of the Eastern California and High-altitude Research, White Mountain Research Station Symposium Volume 3. 25 pages.
  19. Smiley, JT and D. Giuliani. 1991. Common Insects of the White Mountains. In: CA Hall, ed., Natural History of the White-Inyo Range, Eastern California. University of California Press 1991
  20. Shawn C Saving, Paul M Rich, John T. Smiley and Stuart B. Weiss, (1993). GIS-based Microclimate Models for Assessment of Habitat Quality in Natural Reserves. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Technical Papers, Vol. 3, GIS, Photogrammetry, and Modeling. 319-330.
  21. Nathan E. Rank and John T. Smiley, (1994). Host Plant Effects on Parasyrphus melanderi (Diptera:Syrphidae) feeding on a willow leaf beetle Chrysomela aenicollis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Economic Entomology 19: 31-38.
  22. Nathan Rank, John Smiley, and Alfred Kopf, (1996). Natural Enemies and Host Plant Relationships for Chrysomeline Leaf Beetles feeding on Salicaceae, in: Chrysomelidae Biology vol. 2 Ecological Studies, page 147-171, Edited by P.H.A.Jolivet and M.L.Cox, SPB Academic Publishing Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  23. Sears, A.L.W., Smiley, J.T., Hilker, M., Muller, F. and N.E. Rank. 2001. Nesting behavior and prey use in two geographically separated populations of the specialist wasp Symmorphus cristatus (Vespidae: Eumeninae). American Midland Naturalist 145:233-246.
  24. Smiley, J.( 2001). Habitats For Willow Beetles and Ecologists: Choosing a Site Really Matters. Views of a Coastal Wilderness: 20 Years of Research at Big Creek Reserve. Edited by John Smiley, Rohana Mayer and Eric Engles. Santa Cruz, CA, University of California Natural Reserve System: 49-58.
  25. Otto, SB, EL Berlow, NE Rank, JT Smiley and U Brose. 2008. The diversity and identity of predators drive interaction strengths and trophic cascades in a montane food web. Ecology, 89:134-144.
  26. Dahlhoff, E. P., S. L. Fearnley, D. A. Bruce, A. G. Gibbs, R. Stoneking*, D. M. McMillan*, K. Deiner*, J. T. Smiley and N. E. Rank. 2008. Effects of temperature on physiology and reproductive success of a montane leaf beetle: implications for persistence of native populations enduring climate change. Invited paper, in review for focused collection in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, “Predicting Extinction: Investigating the Interface of Physiology, Ecology, and Climate Change”.