Steve Smith

Associate Professor

Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands


My research focuses on the evolution of plant adaptation, specifically on how plants native to the Sonoran Desert respond to water and high-temperature stress.


I teach the following courses: Field Botany (RNR 230R), Field Botany Laboratory (RNR 230L), Our Place in Nature: Biology and the Environment (RNR 170C1), and Sustainable Earth: Natural Resources and the Environment (RNR 150C1).


  • Ph.D., 1984, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.S., 1982, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • B.S., 1979, University of California, Davis, CA