Matt Smith



Broadly, my interests intersect applied and conceptual ecology, and I strive to contribute to our understanding of the natural world while also identifying methods and solutions that can inform effective conservation. I am motivated by questions of species recovery and incorporate a multi-discipline approach, including genetics, landscape ecology, demography, and simulations to understand drivers of population persistence and conservation outcomes. My PhD research focuses on understanding the different mechanisms that may facilitate recovery of American martens in the Great Lakes Region following decades of translocations. This research includes piecing together the genetic history of regional populations, linking environmental conditions to demographic processes, understanding the role of competition in shaping dietary niches, and simulating future population dynamics in the context of environmental change.