Smith Fellows

All Fellows

Reza Goljani Amirkhiz, Class of 2024
“Monitoring the impact of climate change on the abundance and distribution of breeding bird communities”

Sean Anderson, Class of 2015
“Forecasting catastrophes in marine population dynamics”

Jonathan Armstrong, Class of 2013
"Trophic resource portfolios:  incorporating spatial and temporal patterns of species abundance into ecosystem-based management of mobile consumers"

Clare Aslan, Class of 2010
“Dissecting taxon substitution: Can nonnative mutualists rescue native species from extinction?”

Juliann Aukema, Class of 2003
“Identifying priority areas for conservation in complex tropical regions: Within-island patterns of species richness and endemism in Puerto Rico.”

Rebecca Barak, Class of 2017
“Effective seed mix design for ecological restoration”

Victoria Bakker, Class of 2007
“Connecting monitoring to action for rare and endangered carnivores”

Julia Baum, Class of 2007
“Sharks on coral reefs: estimating baseline abundances and ecosystem consequences for their elimination”

Anat Belasen, Class of 2019
“Leveraging the Past to Preserve the Future: Finding a Litmus Test for Amphibian Disease Susceptibility”

Miranda Bernard, Class of 2021
“Justice and equity in marine protected areas: understanding the differential impacts of marine threats and management actions within coastal communities”

Molly Bletz, Class of 2017
“Proactive conservation: curbing the threat of an emerging salamander pathogen by assessing disease risk and developing effective mitigation strategies”

Michael Bogan, Class of 2014
“Of farmers and fish: balancing salmon populations, aquatic biodiversity and water resource needs during drought”

Israel Borokini, Class of 2021
“Conservation prioritization of the United States flora using metrics of phylodiversity, land management, and vulnerability to climate change”

Stephanie Borrelle, Class of 2018
“Mitigating oceanic plastic pollution: modeling inputs and interventions to identify effective reduction strategies”

Jedediah Brodie, Class of 2007
“Understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change on the elk-aspen interaction in the northern Rocky Mountains, USA”

Kendall Calhoun, Class of 2023
“Conserving California’s Wildlife Communities in the Age of Megafires”

Charlotte Chang, Class of 2019
“Effective conservation messaging under political polarization and social change”

Tony Chang, Class of 2017
“Forest disturbance detection and hydrologic response in the Western US”

Caroline Christian, Class of 2002
“Fire disturbance and plant invasion: consequences of fire variability, life history diversity and grazing for plant communities”

Melissa Cronin, Class of 2022
“Conservation and Food Security Implications of Large- and Small-Scale Fisheries Interactions”

Graeme Cumming, Class of 1999
“Prediction of freshwater biodiversity from landscape setting”

Emily Darling, Class of 2013
“Biodiversity hot spots and climate cool spots: Strategic action for coral reef conservation in a changing climate

Amber Datta, Class of 2023
"Pathways to power: supporting Indigenous peoples and local communities to achieve local and global conservation goals"

Brett Dickson, Class of 2008
“Restoring native ecosystems on the Kaibab Plateau, Arizona: integrated models of fire, vegetation, plant invasion, and wildlife to guide sciencebased management and conservation”

Joan Dudney, Class of 2019
“Science-based solutions for an endangered but unlisted species”

Paul Elsen, Class of 2016
“Identifying collaborative conservation priorities for managing climate change impacts in topographically diverse areas”

Myra Finkelstein, Class of 2006
“Understanding the effects of interacting threats on the survival of long-lived species.”

Brenna Forester, Class of 2020
“Integrating genomics into Endangered Species Act listing frameworks”

Helen E. Fox, Class of 2002
“Marine Conservation by Design: evaluating networks of marine protected areas in Hawaii”

Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao, Class of 2020
“Advancing migratory shorebird conservation through transboundary governance”

Leo Gaskins, Class of 2024
“Restoring diversity and increasing function in Great Lakes wetlands with native ecosystem engineer biomimicry” 

Ann Marie Gawel, Class of 2022
“Ecology, conservation, and recovery of endangered Pacific Island land snails”

Keryn Gedan, Class of 2010
“Ecosystem services provided by shellfish: Improving water quality in nutrient-polluted estuaries”

Holly Gibbs, Class of 2008
“The implications of evolving U.S. energy policy for tropical conservation and climate change and U.S. biofuels demand and tropical deforestation”

David Gill, Class of 2016
“The social impacts of marine protected areas: A comparative study of the USA and beyond”

Karen Goodell, Class of 2000
“Impact of an introduced Insect-pollinated Invasive Plant into Wetlands and the Implications of its Removal for Native Plant and Pollinator Communities”

Rebecca Gooley, Class of 2022
“Is rat poison raptor poison? Investigating the sublethal effects of anticoagulant rodenticide exposure in burrowing owls and golden eagles.”

Jacqualine Grant, Class of 2004
"Landscape approaches to preserving genetic diversity in fragmented habitats".

Tabitha Graves, Class of 2012
"Designing an integrated, adaptive, and cost-effective sampling tool for wildlife populations"

Stephanie Green, Class of 2013
"Reconciling Invasion Processes and Conservation Action: Functional Eradication as a Framework for Invasive Species Control"

Kimberly Hall, Class of 2001
“Planning for bird conservation in managed forests: do simple demographic data improve habitat quality predictions from a spatially explicit management model”

Benjamin Halpern, Class of 2003
“Predicting community-level responses to marine reserve protection: understanding the causes of food web stability.”

Brian Harvey, Class of 2015
“Managing for resistance and resilience during a period of accelerating tree mortality in Rocky Mountain subalpine forests”

Christine Hawkes, Class of 2000
“Alteration of the soil microbial and AM fungal communities when exotic species invade: Implications for management and restoration of plant communities”

David Hayman, Class of 2012
“Understanding White Nose Syndrome dynamics to mitigate the precipitous decline of North American bats”

Robert Hilderbrand, Class of 1999
“Design of freshwater conservation reserves; a methodology using landscape level analyses of cutthroat trout distributions”

Meredith Holgerson, Class of 2016
“Conserving both species and ecosystems: A multiple-scale approach to improving floodplain restoration outcomes”

Brent Hughes, Class of 2015
“Can sea otters help defend and restore our coastlines?”

Kurt Ingeman, Class of 2018
“Ecosystem-based recovery: Coordinating predator-prey management to optimize conservation outcomes and accelerate restoration of marine food webs”

Sarah Keenan Jacobi, Class of 2009
"A Framework for Optimal Spatial and Temporal Resource Allocation for Large Scale Conservation Problems"

Peter Jacobson, Class of 1999
“Flood pulse control of organic matter, nutrient, and microbial dynamics in dryland riparian ecosystems: implications for management and restoration”

Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins, Class of 2009
"Global oceans, global knowledge: Codifying approaches for successful cross-cultural adoption of marine conservation technologies"

Olaf Jensen, Class of 2008
“Understanding fisheries collapse and recovery: biological, management, and economic correlates of failed fisheries”

Liana Joseph, Class of 2010
"Implications for farming as a conservation tool: Consumer preference for the wild"

Caroline Kisielinski, Class of 2023
“Reconstructing Lahontan cutthroat trout population history to inform future management strategies in Summit Lake, NV” 

Ezra Kottler, Class of 2022
“Restoration genomics of endangered vernal pool annuals: sourcing seeds through space and time to maximize adaptive variation”

Sara Kross, Class of 2013
"Conservation in the agricultural landscape: Investigating the tradeoffs between avian conservation and farm production in an ecosystem services framework"

Jonathan Koch-Uhuad, Class of 2018
"The nalo meli 'āpa‘akuma project: Characterizing population genomic diversity of imperiled Hawaiian Hylaeus bees to inform stakeholders on in situ breeding and habitat management strategies"

Sara Kuebbing, Class of 2016
“Invasion Treadmills: mechanisms that promote reinvasion of sites after removal of nonnative species”

Max Lambert, Class of 2019
"Do amphibians sink or swim with urbanization? Using evolutionary lessons to conserve urban biodiversity"

Joshua Lawler, Class of 2004
"Climate change and biodiversity: assessing conservation planning approaches in a changing climate"

Meixi Lin, Class of 2023
“Genomics informed Biodiversity Forecasting in the Anthropocene” 

David Lytle, Class of 2000
“Designing flow regimes that favor native over non-native communities”

Sarah Mabey, Class of 2001
“Applying remote sensing tools to regional conservation planning for migratory landbirds”

Jim Manolis, Class of 2003
“Integrating Biodiversity and Timber Management in Forest Landscapes Using Spatially Explicit Forest Models.”

Michelle María Early Capistrán, Class of 2022
“Going coastal: Integrating diverse knowledge sources to generate species distribution models for endangered green turtles (Chelonia mydas)”

Shayle Matsuda, Class of 2021
“Microbial consequences of translocation for coral reef conservation”

Robert McDonald, Class of 2006
“Urbanization and conservation priority setting: scaling from global patterns to local processes.”

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, Class of 2017
“Conservation Challenges for Tundra Refugia under Climate Change: A Paleoecological Perspective on Subalpine and Alpine Vegetation in Maine”

Bonnie McGill, Class of 2018
“Farming for a smaller Dead Zone: How agricultural conservation practices, artificial drainage, and climate change affect water quality in Iowa”

Peter McIntyre, Class of 2007
“Connecting fish management to ecosystem functioning: a nutrient-based approach”

Mariah Meek, Class of 2015
“Conserving fish species by understanding local adaptation and predicting responses to climate change”

Gisselle Mejía, Class of 2024
“Shaping Urban Biodiversity: A Multi-Scale Analysis of Nursery Trends, Stakeholder Preferences, and Tree Composition in Urban Landscapes” 

David Merritt, Class of 1999
“Mechanisms of tamarisk dominance in western riparian ecosystems: roles of hydrologic modification and autogenic processes”

Cinnamon Mittan-Moreau, Class of 2024
“Genomically-informed solutions to ‘small population problems’ in a critically endangered species”

Christopher Nadeau, Class of 2020
“Is Genetic Management Critical to the Success of Climate Change Adaptation or a Costly Distraction?”

Desiree Narango, Class of 2020
“Investigating multi-trophic linkages between plants, insects and migratory birds to inform effective forest habitat management and restoration strategies”

Maile Neel, Class of 2001
“Conservation of multiple levels of biological diversity using community based reserve selection approaches”

Cara Nelson, Class of 2004
"Evaluating prescribed fire as a tool for forest restoration: Implications for old-growth ponderosa pine mortality and vigor".

Mallika Nocco, Class of 2017
“Water scarcity amidst abundance: A call for adaptive strategies to manage freshwaters, forests, and irrigated agroecosystems throughout sandy aquifers in the Northern Great Lake States”

J. Cully Nordby, Class of 2002
“Impacts of an invasive cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) on avian communities in San Francisco Bay salt marshes: implications for the management of exotic species”

Julian Olden, Class of 2004
"Conservation planning and prioritization for invasive species: forecasting invasions and their impacts in freshwater systems using process-based modeling"

Kennan Oyen, Class of 2020
"Predicting continental-scale impacts of winter ticks using environment, host, and ectoparasite traits to mitigate declines of North American moose"

Oliver R. W. Pergams, Class of 2002
“Use of museum collections to evaluate captive breeding programs for conservation: genetic and morphological change in Volo Bog (IL) white-footed mice over 100 years”

Garry Peterson, Class of 2002
“Practical methods for estimating ecological resilience: lakes and forests of Northern Wisconsin”

Malin Pinsky, Class of 2011
"Conservation in a changing climate: Predicting range shifts for marine spatial planning"

Raina Plowright, Class of 2009
"Climate Change, Wildlife Corridors, and Health Consequences in the US Northern Rockies"

Viorel Popescu, Class of 2012
"Estimating the cumulative impact of small hydropower on species conservation and ecosystem services"

Christopher R. Pyke, Class of 2002
“Climate, ecosystems, and land-use: understanding environmental variability in human-dominated landscapes”

Tatyana Rand, Class of 2000
“Effects of landscape context on the colonization, ecological impact and potential management of invasive weeds and insect preserves”

Maia Raymundo, Class of 2021
“Loss of a key frugivore disperser: assessing effects on ecosystem structure and identifying priority areas for restoration”

Sarah Reed, Class of 2009
"Can conservation development conserve wildlife habitat connectivity?"

Chelsea Rochman, Class of 2014
“Mitigating pollution and conserving fish populations through science-based management of microplastic debris in large urban watersheds”

Kristina Rothley, Class of 1999
“Conservation priority setting for sandplain natural communities in the eastern United States”

Maureen Ryan, Class of 2011
"Restoring resilience to climate change: Synergistic benefits of exotic predator removal for preserving wetland biodiversity"

Anne Salomon, Class of 2008
“Forecasting the ecological effects of marine reserves to inform ecosystem-based management”

Rachel Scarlett, Class of 2021
“Social Equity and Freshwater Conservation: A Case Study of the Chicago Region”

Martin Schlaepfer, Class of 2003
“Novel selective environments for indigenous species as a result of biological invasions.”

Tania Schoennagel, Class of 2006
“Fire risk and forest restoration in the wildland-urban interface of the Colorado Front Range.”

Vaughn Shirey, Class of 2023
“Towards a Novel Integrative Framework for Rapid Conservation Assessments of Insect Decline in the Anthropocene” 

Benjamin Sikes, Class of 2010
"Utilizing natural soil biotic communities to enhance ecosystem resilience and recovery".

Brian Silliman, Class of 2004
"Do top-down and bottom-up forces interact to cause massive die-off of southeastern salt marsh?".

Katherine Smith, Class of 2006
"Forecasting infectious disease emergence resulting from the global trade in wildlife.".

Ashley Smyth, Class of 2014
“Using bivalves to control nutrient pollution: implications for management, aquaculture and conservation”

Scott Stephens, Class of 2003
“Identifying Functional Grassland Landscapes in the Northern Great Plains.”

Diego Ellis Soto, Class of 2024
“Environmental justice, socioeconomics, and biodiversity conservation in the Bay Area”

Sara Souther, Class of 2011
"Disrupting environmental and genetic associations: Can managed relocation rescue species threatened by climate change?"

Jeffrey Su, Class of 1999
“Refining the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems for coarse-filter biodiversity protection”

Amy Teffer, Class of 2019
"The Infectious Disease Ecology of Improved Watershed Connectivity: Reducing Uncertainty in Population Forecasts"

Kimberly Terrell, Class of 2011
"Conservation physiology of the eastern hellbender: Identifying biological constraints to climate change adaptation for effective management of Appalachian salamanders"

David Theobald, Class of 2000
“Incorporating Landscape Context into the Design of Functional Conservation Networks”

Morgan Tingley, Class of 2012
“Long-term trends in the avifauna of the southern Appalachians: disentangling climate change from habitat change”

Rebecca Tonietto, Class of 2015
“Urban bee community structure, pollination services and conservation in shrinking cities across North America.”

Jake Vander Zanden, Class of 1999
“Application of a food web approach to acquatic conservation”

Diogo Veríssimo, Class of 2014
“Using social return on investment to evaluate and improve conservation outreach”

Neal Williams, Class of 2001
“Landscape influences on pollinator function and pollinator faunas in restored riparian forests”

Grace Wu, Class of 2018
“Mapping sustainable land use pathways for biodiversity, food, and climate change mitigation”

Talia Young, Class of 2016
“Conservation implications of community-supported fishery (CSF) programs: A multidisciplinary analysis of ecological, economic and social outcomes”

Patricia Zaradic, Class of 2003
“Determining conservation thresholds in freshwater ecosystems: modeling mechanistic relationships using a spatially explicit artificial neural net.”

Erika Zavaleta, Class of 2001
“The biodiversity effects of adding and removing single invaders in exotic-dominated systems: Genista monspessulana in California coastal prairies”