Jennifer A. Smith
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Derring Hall, Room 4103, 1405 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
phone: 863-273-5335

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on the effects of landscape management decisions on avian populations, specifically those of conservation concern. She is interested in the mechanisms that drive changes in spatial ecology, breeding performance, and survival that may manifest through changes in habitat availability, predation risk, and food availability and in applying the results to management decisions to aid in the conservation of imperiled species. Past research projects have focused on the effects of supplementary feeding on the reproductive behavior of birds (PhD), the effects of land conversion on Crested Caracaras, and the effects of wind farms on Greater Prairie-Chickens. Her current research focuses on habitat selection and population viability of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. She regularly presents at scientific meetings and engages with non-scientists of all ages through outreach events and various media (e.g. newspaper, radio, magazine articles). She has published papers in numerous journals including the Journal of Field Ornithology and has recently published a book chapter. She was recently an Associate Editor for the Condor and is the current editor for AFO Afield.

Ph.D. (Biology) University of Birmingham, UK