I am a terrestrial ecologist studying anthropogenic changes to landscapes and how those changes impact wildlife population dynamics and community structure. Integration of the human dimension allows theory to come full-circle via on-the-ground management applications. I am also interested in science education; focusing on strategies to recruit, retain, and graduate STEM majors.
Find me on Twitter ('X') @GA_Smith and on ResearchGate.
- Life on Planet Earth (BSCI 10002)
- Lab Experience in Biology (BSCI 10003)
- Biological Diversity (BSCI 10110)
- Career Pathways in Biology (BSCI 30105)
- Biogeography (BSCI 30361)
- Conservation Biology (BSCI 40374)
- Wildlife Resources (BSCI 40525)
- Vertebrate Zoology (BSCI 40556)
Current and Recent Service
- Ramey, J.E., S.A. Merritt, and G.A. Smith 2023. Potential biases in data collection for an unstructured citizen science platform. Kent State University at Stark Student Conference. 21 April.
- Smith, G.A. 2020. Personal safety in the outyard: skunks, bears, coyotes...Oh my! LEAD for Pollinators Women in Beekeeping Conference: Becoming 21st Century Leaders. 25 October.
- Smith, G.A. 2020. An introduction to biological diversity long-term datasets. Symposium on Biological Diversity. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting (virtual). 28-29 September.
- Smith, G.A. 2019. Wildlife in an urbanizing world: coyotes as a case study. Bath Township “State of the Parks” Meeting, University of Akron Field Station, 21 March.
- Lehnert, M., K. Reiter, G. Smith, and G. Kritsky. 2019. Cicada ovipositors are enriched with cuticular metal deposits. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, 17-20 November, St. Louis, MO.
- Ohm, R.A., K.R. Ruegg, and G.A. Smith. 2019. Utilizing citizen science to monitor invasive species in Ohio. Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, 3-6 April, Memphis, TN. (Poster)
- Ruegg, K.R., R.A. Ohm, and G.A. Smith. 2019. Citizen science and the conservation of biological diversity: taxonomic bias and threatened and endangered species. Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting, 13 April, Columbus, OH.
- Pace, C.K., A.C. Hoffman, C.A. Bahlai, and G.A. Smith. 2018. Activity dynamics of urban wildlife associated with feral cat colonies in northeast Ohio. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Annual Meeting, 18-21 July, Ontario, Canada.
- Smith, G.A., and A.C. Hoffman. 2017. Population dynamics of feral and free-ranging domestic cat colonies in NE Ohio: landscape, turnover, and sympatric wildlife. Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative Conference, 8 November, Columbus, OH. (Invited Poster)
- Smith, G.A., R.J. Trimbath, and D.R. Garrett. 2017. Nesting success of Hooded Warblers in exotic shrubs: multi-trophic interactions in the forest understory. Joint meeting of American Ornithological Society and Society for Canadian Ornithologists, 31 July - 5 August, East Lansing, MI. (Poster)
- Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. 2023. Collaborative research and education - Conservation genetics of deep-sea fishes: biodiversity, genome structure, and molecular adaptation. PI with Co-PI's R. Hamilton and M. Shivji. ($189,192)
- Ohio Department of Transportation. 2022. Updated GIS model for predicting bat use of bridges in Ohio. PI with Co-PI’s R. Liu, A. Scholl, and A. Sharag-Eldin. ($100,000 – Not Funded)
- Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. 2019. Collaborative research and education - Flood risk reduction benefits of Florida's mangroves: ecosystem conservation at the land-water interface. PI with Co-PI’s M. Beck, R. Hamilton, and S. Narayan. ($100,000)
- Ohio Department of Higher Education, Choose Ohio First. 2016. Choose Ohio First STEMM Scholarship Program: enhancing STEMM opportunities at a regional campus. Co-PI with A. Kasturiarachi and C. Kauth. ($61,425; renewable, $327,871 total)
- National Science Foundation – Division of Undergraduate Education. 2016. Enhancing STEM opportunities at a regional campus: pathways to STEM degrees and careers. PI with Co-PI’s C. Earley, A. Guercio, M. Lehnert, and C. Schweitzer. ($649,980 – Not Funded)
- Dominion Foundation Higher Educational Partnership. 2016. Wired wetland: technology-enhanced education in the environmental sciences. ($25,000)
- Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, Kent State University. 2015. Population dynamics of feral and free-ranging domestic cat colonies with implications for management. ($6,500)
- Summit Metro Parks. 2011-2014. Industrial/Community Assistantship Program in Graduate Education. ($86,168)
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. 2012. Movement and migratory behavior of tree bats (Lasiurus and Lasionycteris) within the western basin of Lake Erie. ($110,997)
- National Science Foundation – Division of Integrative Organismal Systems: Processes, Structures, and Integrity. 2011. Collaborative Research: Natural selection on growth and locomotor development in eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus). Co-PI with J. Young and M. Butcher. ($350,558 total with all collaborators)
- National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. 2009. GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network) Subgrant - Northeast Ohio Collaborative Cluster. Co-PI with T. Beyerle. ($45,000)
- National Science Foundation – Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement. 2009. Collaborative Research: Transformative Model of STEM Education for First-Year Students at an Urban-Commuter Campus. Co-PI with L. Chism, J. Cordonnier, J. Crooks, W. Donovan, A. Gavrin, K. Ross-Alaolmolki, E. Wheland, and B. Williams. ($257,856 total with all collaborators)
- SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Implementation Award. 2008. SENCERizing an exploratory learning community: increasing interest in STEM disciplines through experiential learning. Co-PI with J. Brantner, W. Donovan, H. Qammar, K. Ross-Alaolmolki, S. Strnad, E. Wheland, and B. Williams. ($3000)
- National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates. 2008. Ecology at the urban-rural interface. Co-PI with R. Mitchell and J. Pan. ($180,001)