William K. Smith is the Charles H. Babcock Chaired Professor in Botany at Wake Forest University. He received his PhD from UCLA and was formerly at the University of Wyoming for over 15 years. His research focuses on the adaptations of plants living in harsh and extreme environments, with a current focus on global change impacts. Current projects include studies of the global occurrence of the alpine treelines and the impacts of episodic, extreme events (e.g. hurricanes) on barrier island ecosystems. Based on the adaptive characteristics of individual species, projections about future survival are being evaluated. Dr. Smith has served on the editorial board of four international journals and has been lead editor on three books and co-edited a third, as well as authored approximately 200 refereed publications, received more than 40 NSF grants and currently leads the NSF-funded Coastal Barrier Island Network (CBIN) (www. coastalbarrierisland.org), a broad multidisciplinary group of scientists with expertise in ecology, geology, hydrology, economics, and cultural and political sciences. The primary goal of this diverse group of scientists is to formulate a strategic plan for sustaining the biodiversity and critical ecosystem services provided by coastal barrier islands.
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