Listed below are my and my lab’s research publications from 2007 onwards. Magazine, newspaper, and online articles can be found under Essays and Writers in Residence.

Some of our work has been highlighted by news media. See Press for details.

Also, here are my GoogleScholarImpactStory, ResearchGate, ResearcherID, and ORCID profiles. (I know, that’s a lot of academic social media profiles. Too many? Great question.)









  • Crosby K, Smith DR (2012) Does the mode of plastid inheritance influence plastid genome architecture? PLoS ONE. 7:e46260. PDF
  • Smith DR (2012) Updating our view of organelle genome nucleotide landscape. Frontiers in Genetics. 3:175. PDF
  • Smith DR (2012) Making your GenBank entry count. Frontiers in Genetics. 3:123. PDF
  • Smith DR, Hua J, Lee RW, Keeling PJ (2012) Relative rates of evolution among the three genetic compartments of the red alga Porphyra differ from those of green plants and do not correlate with genome architecture. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 65:339–44. PDF
  • Smith DR (2012) Not seeing the genomes for the DNA. Briefings in Functional Genomics. 11:289–90. PDF
  • Smith DR, Keeling PJ (2012) Twenty-fold difference in evolutionary rates between the mitochondrial and plastid genomes of species with secondary red plastids. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 59:181–4. PDF
  • Smith DR, Kayal E, Yanagihara AA, Collins AG, Pirro S, Keeling PJ (2012) First complete mitochondrial genome sequence from a box jellyfish reveals a highly fragmented, linear architecture and insights into telomere evolution. Genome Biology and Evolution. 4:52–8. PDF
  • Leliaert F, Smith DR, Moreau H, Herron M, Verbruggen H, Delwiche CF, De Clerk O (2012) Phylogeny and molecular evolution of the green algae. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences. 31:1–46. PDF
  • Hua J, Smith DR, Borza T, Lee RW (2012) Similar relative mutation rates in the three genetic compartments of Mesostigma and Chlamydomonas. Protist. 163:105–15. PDF


  • Smith DR, Burki F, Yamada T, Grimwood J, Grigoriev IV, Van Etten JL, Keeling PJ (2011) The GC-rich mitochondrial and plastid genomes of the green alga Coccomyxa give insight into the evolution of organelle DNA nucleotide landscape. PLoS ONE. 6:e23624. PDF
  • Smith DR (2011) Extending the limited transfer window hypothesis to inter-organelle DNA migration. Genome Biology and Evolution. 3:743–8. PDF
  • Smith DR, Lee RW (2011) Nucleotide diversity in the colorless green alga Polytomella parva (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta): high for the mitochondrial telomeres, surprisingly low everywhere else. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 58:471–3. PDF
  • Smith DR, Crosby K, Lee RW (2011) Correlation between nuclear plastid DNA abundance and plastid number supports the limited transfer window hypothesis. Genome Biology and Evolution. 3:365–71. PDF 
    • This article was highlighted by the journal in a commentary article by science writer Nick Lane: (2011) Plastids, genomes, and the probability of gene transfer. Genome Biology and Evolution. 3:372–4. PDF 


  • Smith DR, Hua J, Lee RW (2010) Evolution of linear mitochondrial DNA in three known lineages of Polytomella. Current Genetics. 56:427–38. PDF
  • Smith DR, Lee RW, Cushman JC, Magnuson JK, Tran D, Polle JEW (2010) The Dunaliella salina organelle genomes: large sequences, inflated with intronic and intergenic DNA. BMC Plant Biology. 10:83. PDF
  • Smith DR, Lee RW (2010) Low nucleotide diversity in the organelle and nuclear genomes of Volvox carteri provides support for the mutational-hazard hypothesis. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 27:2244–56. PDF


  • Smith DR (2009) Unparalleled GC content in the plastid DNA of Selaginella. Plant Molecular Biology. 71:627–39. PDF
  • Smith DR, Lee RW (2009) Nucleotide diversity of the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii plastid genome: addressing the mutational-hazard hypothesis. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 9:120. PDF
  • Smith DR, Lee RW (2009) The mitochondrial and plastid genomes of Volvox carteri: bloated molecules rich in repetitive DNA. BMC Genomics. 10:132. PDF


  • Smith DR, Lee RW (2008) Nucleotide diversity in the mitochondrial and nuclear compartments of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: investigating the origins of genome architecture. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 8:156. PDF
  • Smith DR, Lee RW (2008) Mitochondrial genome of the colorless green alga Polytomella capuana: a linear molecule with an unprecedented GC content. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 25:487–96. PDF


  • Smith DR, Snyder M (2007) Complete mitochondrial DNA sequence of the scallop Placopecten magellanicus: evidence of transposition leading to an uncharacteristically large mitochondrial genome. Journal of Molecular Evolution. 65:380–91. PDF