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Angela Smilanich

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Dr. Angela M. Smilanich grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado and attended Colorado Mesa University, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in 2002. After getting the opportunity to do research in the Costa Rican rainforest as an undergraduate, she was hooked on research, and continued on to a Ph.D program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University in New Orleans. After weathering Hurricane Katrina and yearly Mardi Gras events, she graduated in 2008, then continued on to a postdoctoral position at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After two years in Connecticut, she moved to Reno, Nevada and officially joined the Biology Department at UNR in 2013. Her research is dedicated to studying the intricate interactions between insects and their environment (mostly plants). Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband, especially large rocks worthy of climbing, and playing with her 5 year old son, Hank.

Research interests

  • Ecological immunology
  • disease ecology
  • chemical ecology


  • Postdoctoral Research, Wesleyan University, 2008-2012
  • Ph.D., Tulane University, 2008
  • B.S. Colorado Mesa University, 2002


View Dr. Smilanich's publication at AngelaSmilanich.com/publications

Courses taught

  • Biology 100a Non-majors
  • Biology 394 Lab in Ecology and Population Biology