Ian Smith wins NSF Grad Research Fellowship

Ian Smith, a Visiting Fellow and incoming PhD student, has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF GRF Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.

Ian’s research focuses on the impacts of landscape fragmentation and urbanization on the carbon cycle. Specifically, he is interested in characterizing the forest edge microenvironment, quantifying how forest edge effects influence forest structure, productivity, and respiration, and considering how interactions between forest fragmentation and climate change might affect the carbon dynamics of the world’s remaining forests.

Ian will continue to work with Dr. Lucy Hutrya.