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Employment

Postdoctoral Researcher, Middleton Lab, University of California, Berkeley (2017 – present)

Education

PhDUniversity of California, Santa Cruz (2017)
            Environmental Studies

BAUniversity of Colorado, Boulder (2010)
            Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology
            Summa cum laude, with distinction

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Wang, Y., J. A. Smith, and C. C. Wilmers. 2017. Anthropogenic development influences on puma behavior, movement, and energetics in a fragmented landscape. PLoS ONE 2: e0184687.

Smith, J. A., J. Suraci, L. Zanette, A. Crawford, D. Sampson, M. Clinchy, and C. C. Wilmers. 2017. Fear of the human “super predator” reduces feeding time in large carnivores. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences 284: 20170433.

Suraci, J. P., M. Clinchy, B. Mugerwa, M. Delsey, D. W. Macdonald, J. A. Smith, C. C. Wilmers, L. Y. Zanette. 2016. A new Automated Behavioural Response system to integrate playback experiments into camera trap studies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:957-964.

Smith, J. A., Y. Wang, and C. C. Wilmers. 2016. Spatial characteristics of residential development shift large carnivore prey composition. Journal of Wildlife Management 80(6):1040–1048.

Allen, M. L., H. U. Wittmer, P. Houghtaling, J. A. Smith, L. M. Elbroch, and C. C. Wilmers. 2015. The role of scent marking in mate selection by female pumas (Puma concolor). PloS ONE 10(10):e0139087.

Wilmers, C. C., B. Nickel, C. M. Bryce, J. A. Smith, R. E. Wheat, and V. Yovovich. 2015. The golden age of bio-logging: how animal-borne sensors are advancing the frontiers of ecology. Ecology 96(7):1741–1753.

Smith, J. A., Y. Wang, and C. C. Wilmers. 2015. Top carnivores increase their kill rates on prey as a response to human-induced fear. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences 282 (1802):20142711.

Smith, J. A., and L. P. Erb. 2013. Patterns of selective caching behavior of a generalist herbivore, the American pika (Ochotona princeps). Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 45(3):396-403.

Scholarships and Fellowships

American Association of University Women: American Dissertation Fellowship (2016)
UC Santa Cruz Social Sciences Division: Dissertation Quarter Fellowship (2016)
Phi Beta Kappa: Norall Graduate Scholarship (2015)
National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2013)
Phi Beta Kappa: Crisp Graduate Fellowship (2011)
UC Santa Cruz Environmental Studies Department: Regent’s Fellowship (2011)

Honors and Awards

UC Santa Cruz Graduate Division: Grad Slam Three Minute Thesis® Winner (2015)
UC Santa Cruz Environmental Studies Department: Teaching Assistant of the Year Award (2014)
University of Colorado, Boulder: Cundiff Biology Endowment Award: Highest GPA of EEB graduating seniors (2010)

Grants

Society for Conservation Biology: Chapter Event Grant (2017)
UC Santa Cruz Graduate Student Association: Event Sponsorship Grant (2016)
Society for Conservation Biology: Chapter Travel Award (2016)
The Wildlife Society Sac-Shasta Chapter: Student Travel Grant (2015)
UC Santa Cruz Environmental Studies Department: Research Grant Award (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
UC Santa Cruz Graduate Student Association: Travel Grant (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance: David Paddon Memorial Scholarship (2009)
University of Colorado, Boulder: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grant (2008, 2009)

Other Publications

Smith, J. A. 2016. How humans threaten pumas just by being nearby. The Conversation. Invited publication.

Smith, J. A. 2015. Pumas increase kill rates when disturbed by development. Urban Wildife News 11(1):10-11.

Smith, J. A., and L. P. Erb. 2013. Large-scale foraging behavior of the American pika: Linking behavior and environment. Mountain Views 7(2):14-17. Invited publication.

Presentations
  • Smith, J, A. 2017. Fear of the human “super predator” reduces feeding time in large carnivores. Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Smith, J, A. 2016. Predator conservation and restoration in human-dominated landscapes: A case study from pumas in central California. Symposium: Large Carnivore Restoration and Management in North America. Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Raleigh, NC. (Invited)
  • Smith, J, A., Y. Wang, and C. C. Wilmers. 2016. Spatial characteristics of residential development shift large carnivore prey habits. Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Raleigh, NC.
  • Smith, J. A., A. Thomas, and C. C. Wilmers. 2016. Human-induced activity shifts in mesocarnivores alter dietary composition and overlap. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, WI.
  • Smith, J. A., M. L. Allen, and C. C. Wilmers. 2016. When the cat’s away: how anthropogenic disturbance alters puma subsidies to scavengers. American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Smith, J. A., A. Thomas, and C. C. Wilmers. 2016. Investigating the impacts of human-induced activity shifts in mesocarnivores on dietary composition. Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Smith, J. A., and C. C. Wimers. 2016. When the cat’s away: Scavenger use of puma kills across a housing density gradient. Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions, Ventura, CA.
  • Smith, J, A., Y. Wang, and C. C. Wilmers. 2015. Scaredy cats: Human-induced fear alters predator-prey interactions. Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Smith, J, A., and Y. Wang. 2015. What’s in the bag? Citizen science as a tool for efficient non-invasive sample collection. Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium, UC Berkeley, CA.
  • Smith, J, A., Y. Wang, and C. C. Wilmers. 2015. Scaredy cats: Human-induced fear alters predator-prey interactions. UCSC Graduate Symposium, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA.
  • Smith, J, A. 2014. Scaredy cats: Human-induced fear alters predator-prey interactions. Stanford/UCSC Species Interactions Workshop, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA.
  • Smith, J. A. 2014. Puma habitat selection in a fragmented landscape: A dynamic state variable model comparing alternative scenarios of prey composition. Research Frontiers Day, Division of Social Sciences, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA. (Invited)
  • Smith, J. A. and C. C. Wilmers. 2014. Impacts of density, proximity, and spatial clustering of residential development on puma prey composition. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA.
  • Smith, J. A., Y. Wang and C. C. Wilmers. 2014. Puma sex-specific behavioral shifts at kill sites across housing density levels. North America Congress for Conservation Biology, Missoula, MT.
  • Smith, J. A. 2014. Puma habitat selection in a fragmented landscape: A dynamic state variable model comparing alternative scenarios of prey composition. Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions, Ventura, CA.
  • Smith, J. A. 2013. Puma habitat selection in a fragmented landscape: A dynamic state variable model comparing alternative scenarios of prey composition. Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, Boulder, CO.
  • Smith, J. A. and C. C. Wilmers. 2013. Accounting for individual variation in predicting puma kill behavior along an urban-rural gradient. International Congress for Conservation Biology, Baltimore, MD.
  • Smith, J. A. and L. P. Erb. 2012. Patterns of selective caching behavior of a generalist herbivore, the American pika (Ochotona princeps). North America Congress for Conservation Biology, Oakland, CA.
  • A. T. Smith, J. D. Nagy, and L. Nichols. 2010. Bodie pikas: What they have to tell us (presented by J. A. Smith). North American Pika Conference, Teton Science Schools, Jackson, WY.
Invited Seminars and Lectures
  • Balancing Risk and Reward in Extreme Landscapes. 2017. Biological Sciences Department Seminar, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • The Only Thing We Have to Fear: Humans as a Top Behavioral Predator in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 2017. Centro de Ecologia Aplicada del Neuquen, Junin de los Andes, Argentina.
  • The Only Thing We Have to Fear: Humans as a Top Behavioral Predator in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 2016. Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Series, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Anthrophobia: Studying Fear in the Animal World. 2016. ENVS 123: Animal Ecology and Conservation, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • Ushering in the Big Bad Wolf: The Path to Integrating Large Carnivores into Global Ecosystem Conservation. 2015 (x2), 2016 (x2). ENVS 100: Ecology and Society, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • Life and Death in the Santa Cruz Mountains: Ecology and Conservation of Urban Pumas. 2015. BIOE 124: Mammalogy, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • Puma Ecology and Research in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 2014. BIO 14: California Plants and Animals. West Valley College.
  • Politics, Public Opinion, and Preservation. 2012. ENVS 120: Conservation Biology, UC Santa Cruz.
  • Ecology of Alpine Systems Under Climate Change: The American Pika as a Case Study. 2012. Wildland Studies: The Montana Project.
  • Revisiting “The Trouble with Wilderness”. 2012. Wildland Studies: The Montana Project.
Research Experience

“Santa Cruz Puma Project” Graduate Researcher (2011 – 2017). University of California at Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Mountains, California.

“Conservation Scats” Project Director, Founder, and Citizen Science Coordinator (2014 – 2015). University of California at Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Mountains, California.

Wolf Capture Field Technician (2011). United States Geological Survey. Superior National Forest, Minnesota.

Mountain Lion Field Technician (2011). California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Mendocino National Forest, California.

Pika Genetics Laboratory Technician (2010). University of Colorado at Boulder.

“Pikas in Peril” Crew Leader (2010). University of Colorado at Boulder and National Park Service. Rocky Mountain National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.

Wolf Den Field Technician (2010). Trent University and Ministry of Natural Resources. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

Pika Abundance Field Technician (2009). University of Colorado at Boulder. Southern Rocky Mountains, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Pika Survey Field Technician (2008). University of Colorado at Boulder. Southern Rocky Mountains, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Professional Affiliations

American Association of University Women • American Society of Mammalogists • Animal Behavior Society • Ecological Society of America • Phi Beta Kappa • Society for Conservation Biology • Wild Felid Research and Management Association • The Wildlife Society

Professional Training and Workshops
  • Ethics and Language of Conservation Colloquium (invited participant; 2017)
  • Known-Fate Survival Modeling and Assessments of Competing Risk Workshop (2015)
  • Global Wildlife Resources: Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization Training (2014)
  • UCSC Environmental Health and Safety: Constrolled Substances Training (2012)
  • Advanced Modeling in R Workshop (2012)
  • CITI: Responsible Conduct of Research Training (2012)
  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute: Wilderness First Aid Certification (2012)
  • Red Cross: First Aid and CPR certified (2012)
  • Conservation in No-Man’s Land Colloquium (2012)
  • IACUC: Laboratory Animal Training (2011)

 

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