The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Steve Smith

Steve Smith
Associate Professor
Ph.D., 1984, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
M.S., 1982, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
B.S., 1979, University of California, Davis, CA
Office Location: 
ENR2 N359
Mailing Address: 
1064 E. Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ 85721
Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands
Our group focuses on the evolution of plant adaptation, specifically on how grasses and shrubs native to the Sonoran Desert respond to water which is the most variable and important environmental factor affecting plant growth and survival in deserts.
I teach three courses: Plant Biology (PLS 240) and Field Botany (RNR 230R/L) have laboratory components and are offered in Fall. Grazing Ecology and Management (RAM 436a/536a) is lecture only and is offered in Spring. Field Botany is also online.
Research Topics: 
Climate Adaptation and Sustainability
Conservation Biology
Ecology Management and Restoration of Rangelands
Geospatial Science and Modeling
Plant and Soil Ecology
Population and Community Ecology