Dr. Smithwick is an assistant professor of geography and ecology at The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Geography. Dr. Smithwick received her B.S. from Tufts University in Geological Science and Environmental Studies, her M.S. from the University of Montana in Forest Ecology, and a Ph.D. in Forest Science from Oregon State University. She worked for several years as a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of Wisconsin in the Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology laboratory of Dr. Monica Turner. Her research explores how wildfire reorganizes nutrient and carbon cycling in subalpine forests of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (Wyoming, U.S.A.). Recent work explores the use of landscape simulation models to simulate post-fire biogeochemistry under climate change. Other research activities in her lab include modeling fire-vegetation-climate interactions along the Appalachian Trail and the effects fire on nutrient limitations on forest and grass productivity in South Africa at landscape scales.
Biography Updated on 21 October 2010