Gregory A. Smith, Ph.D.

Department of Biology, University of Akron

Executive Director, Ohio Biological Survey

I am a terrestrial ecologist studying anthropogenic changes to landscapes and how those changes impact wildlife population dynamics and community structure. Mammals and birds are the taxa of choice. Research projects, past and present, include:  an investigation of home range size and space use of coyotes in an urbanizing landscape; the impact of "biotic homogenization" on the structure of vertebrate communities in the Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio; long-term small mammal population dynamics in northeastern Ohio and eastern Kansas; the role of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) within the Great Plains ecosystem; base-line inventories of terrestrial vertebrates at a National Park Service site in western Oklahoma; and an analysis of winter habitat use by American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) in eastern Mississippi. Integration of the human dimension allows theory to come full-circle via on-the-ground management applications.


Currently, I am on the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Biology at The University of Akron and serve as Manager of the Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education. I am also Executive Director of the Ohio Biological Survey, a consortium of over 115 research and environmental education organizations dedicated to the collection and dissemination of scientific information on Ohio's flora and fauna.  Over the years I have taught a number of courses (see "Teaching" below) and have advised students with research and career interests in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Ecology.


Contact Information:                                                                                                  

Gregory A. Smith

Department of Biology                                                                                   

University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325-3908


Phone:  (330) 972-7501

FAX:  (330) 972-8445



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