Irene Smail

Office 218B
Social Sciences Building
IHO Affiliated Graduate Student
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


Irene is a current graduate student in the department of Evolutionary Anthropology, within the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC). Her research addresses primate community ecology of living and fossil Old World Monkeys and explores whether and how primate diets change in response to local environmental conditions or competition with other species.

Irene's broader research interests include primate responses to past and present climate change, and the integration of anatomical and behavioral data to make inferences in the fossil record. She has participated in paleoanthropological fieldwork with the Ledi-Geraru Research Project in Ethiopia led by Dr. Kaye Reed. In addition, Irene has worked in the Archaeological Chemistry Lab under the direction of Dr. Kelly Knudson learning and performing isotopic analysis of archaeological material.

Irene also works as a Teaching Assistant within SHESC for both in-person and online courses. In the past these have included ASM 104 (Intro to Biological Anthropology), ASB 222 (Old World Archaeology), ASB 337 (Mesoamerican Archaeology), and ASM 345 (Disease and Human Evolution). Irene is currently serving as a table instructor for Clinical Gross Anatomy at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

Research Interests

Irene's research interests concern the community ecology of living and fossil Old World Monkeys, with a focus on how communities and the populations within them adapt to new environmental conditions.

Expertise Areas