Andrew Smith is a conservation biologist whose work includes the behavioral ecology of mammals, effects of habitat fragmentation, and ecosystem services provided by small mammals. He primarily works in the mountains of western United States and on the Tibetan plateau. His research focuses on the pika, a small relative of rabbits.
Professor Smith is involved in global conservation issues and served as Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Lagomorph Specialist Group from 1991 - 2020. He has also served as an advisor to the Chinese government on issues concerning biodiversity. His “A Guide to the Mammals of China” is the first comprehensive treatment of the 556 mammal species found in China. The American Society of Mammalogists chose Smith as the recipient of its 2015 Aldo Leopold Conservation Award.
When an active faculty member he taught mammalogy; conservation of biodiversity; conservation in practice; and field techniques in conservation biology and ecology.
Conservation Biology, Mammalogy, Behavioral Ecology, Science Policy
Human Dimensions of Biology https://sols.asu.edu/about/human-dimensions
American Society of Mammalogists
Society for Conservation Biology
World Lagomorph Society
Arizona State University
• Palden Choying Syupo [Badingqiuying] (Ph.D. 2016). Pikas, grasslands, and pastoralists: understanding the roles of plateau pikas in a coupled social-ecological system.
• Jesse Senko (Ph.D. 2015). Sustaining small-scale fisheries: ecological, social, and policy challenges and solutions.
• Aimee Kessler (Ph.D. 2015). Asian great bustards: from conservation biology to sustainable grassland development)
• Samridhi Shrestha (Ph.D. 2015). The role of environmental education for biodiversity conservation: a case study in the protected areas of Nepal.
• Maxwell Wilson (MS 2012). The pika and the watershed.
• Brigitte Hogan (Ph.D. 2010). The plateau pika: A keystone engineer on the Tibetan plateau.
• Benjamin Campbell (MS 2008). Variation in territoriality between two geographically separate red squirrel populations.
• Sarah Boyle (Ph.D. 2008). Effects of forest fragmentation on primates in the Brazilian Amazon.
• Philip Tarrant (Master of Natural Science 2007). A review of the urban raptor population of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
• Chien Hsun Lai (Master of Natural Science 2006)
• Todd Katzner (Ph.D. 2003). Ecology and behavior of four coexisting eagle species at Naurzum Zapovednik, Kazakhstan.
• Mary Richardson (Master of Natural Science 2000). Characteristics of occupied Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum cactorum) habitat at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona.
• J. Marc Foggin (Ph.D. 2000). Biodiversity protection and the search for sustainability in Tibetan plateau grasslands (Qinghai, China).
• John Frisch (Master of Natural Science 1999).
• Heather Triplett (Master of Natural Science 1998). The economic and social value of biodiversity: A case study in Kazakhstan.
• Brenda Andrews (Master of Natural Science 1997). Environmental contaminants in fish and wildlife of Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona.
• John D. Nagy (Ph.D. 1996). Evolutionarily attracting dispersal strategies in vertebrate metapopulations.
• Lyle B. Nichols (Ph.D. 1996). The interaction between dispersl distance and reproductive success in cactus mice (Peromyscus eremicus)
• Mary M. Peacock (Ph.D. 1995). Dispersal patterns, mating behavior, and population structure of pikas (Ochotona princeps).
• Mark A. Newton (Ph.D. 1990). The ecology, behavior and evolutionary dynamics of the white-throated woodrat (Neotoma albigula).
• Carolyn Engel Wilson (MS 1986). Effects of resource distribution and kinship on spacing patterns of round tailed ground squirrels.
• James W. Popp (MS 1984). Interspecific interactions and mixed ungulate species exhibits in zoos.
• John R. Hisey (MS 1984). Functional adaptations in microtine ailmentary morphology.
• Kevin D. Roberts (MS 1983). Competition and microhabitat selection among small mammals in southeastern Arizona.
University of Miami
• Frank J. Mazzotti (MS 1981). Zone maintenance behavior of an intertidal chiton.
• James A. Bohnsack (Ph.D. 1979). Experimental biogeography of coral head reef fishes.
• Sandra L. Hersh (MS 1978). Ecology of the Key Largo Woodrat.