Faculty & Staff Detail
Dr. Greg Smith
Title: Field Station Manager
Office: ASEC D411
I am a terrestrial ecologist studying birds and mammals to investigate how and why populations and communities are structured across space and time. I am also interested in patterns of biodiversity and how that diversity might be explained and preserved. Research projects, past and present, include an investigation of 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.
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. 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. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Organization of Biological Field Stations. I am also a member of the Board of Trustees 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.