Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

School of Life Sciences

Andrew Smith teaches courses on biodiversity conservation and mammalogy. His work involves investigation of the ecosystem services and keystone species status of small mammals – primarily Plateau Pikas on the high grasslands of the Tibetan plateau. His collaborative work on these alpine grasslands is designed to deepen our understanding of the complex interactions involving geophysical, biological, social, and policy factors and feedback systems in determining grassland status. A goal of this work is to enhance understanding of this socio-ecological system and to provide important inference for policies on grassland restoration, biodiversity, and economic development. This work is being supported by a 5-year NSF CNH grant. He recently completed A Guide to the Mammals of China (Princeton University Press), which has also been translated and published in a Chinese edition.

a.smith@asu.edu