Smith Fellows
Class of 2023

Kendall Calhoun
“Conserving California’s Wildlife Communities in the Age of Megafires” 
Mentors: Dr. Justine Smith at University of California, Davis and in partnership with Dr. Brett Furnas at California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Amber Datta
“Pathways to power: supporting Indigenous peoples and local communities to achieve local and global conservation goals” 
Mentors: Dr. Jack Kittinger at Arizona State University and Conservation International and in partnership with Luna Kekoa at the Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources and Kevin Chang of Kua'āina Ulu 'Auamo (KUA)

Caroline Kisielinski
“Reconstructing Lahontan cutthroat trout population history to inform future management strategies in Summit Lake, NV” 
Mentors: Dr. Jocelyn Colella at the University of Kansas, Dr. Paula Noble at the University of Nevada, Dr. Darren Larsen at Occidental College and in partnership with James Simmons, Natural Resources Director, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe

Meixi Lin
“Genomics informed Biodiversity Forecasting in the Anthropocene” 
Mentors: Dr. Moisés Expósito Alonso at Carnegie Institution of Science and in partnership with Dr. Bridget Baumgartner at Revive & Restore and Dr. Jamison Ervin at United Nations Development Programme

Vaughn Shirey
“Towards a Novel Integrative Framework for Rapid Conservation Assessments of Insect Decline in the Anthropocene” 
Mentors: Dr. Laura Melissa Guzman at University of Southern California and Dr. Rob Guralnick at University of Florida - Florida Museum of Natural History  and in partnership with Dr. Pedro Cardoso at the Finnish Museum of Natural History - University of Helsinki and Dr. Kevin Burls and Scott Black at Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation