Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Meghan Balk

Peter Buck Fellow

I am a macroecologist: a scientist that researches the patterns and underlying mechanisms about species and their environment across large spatial and temporal scales. This perspective is useful to identify universal patterns, and subsequent drivers, of natural phenomena. Specifically, my research interests include investigating how dramatic changes in climate affects body size evolution of organisms at the population, species, and community level. I accomplish my research by using the geologic record. I select time periods that may serve as analogs for future climatic and environmental change.

Department / Division
  • Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 2017
  • B.S. University of California, Davis, 2010