William Smith

Associate Professor

Arid Lands


Understanding complex responses of the terrestrial biosphere to rising atmospheric CO2, climate change, & land-use change across temporal & spatial scales through application of satellite observations, field network data, & ecosystem process models


Currently designing a course on Ecological Climatology, an interdisciplinary framework that combines aspects of ecology and climatology to improve understanding of how natural- and human-driven changes in vegetation affect the climate system.


  • PhD, 2013, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • MSc, 2008, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • BSc, 2005, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC