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James L. David Smith

FWCB-faculty-smithimgProfessor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Phone: 612-624-5369
CLAWS - the Collaborative Lab for Asian Wildlife Studies
Ph. D. University of Minnesota

Fields of Interest

Biology and conservation of mammals in Asia; conservation data bases; individual based modeling of large mammal and human dynamics, metapopulation structure of large mammals in relation to landscape patterns and the human dimension context, ecosystem management.


My research focuses on the biology and conservation of mammals in Asia, including individual based modeling of large mammals, metapopulation structure of large mammals in relation to landscape patterns and human-wildlife conflict. Most of my personal research has focused on tigers but I have advised students studying a number of other species (e.g. gaur, banteng, fishing cat, sloth bear, snow leopard). My current research is in Thailand and Nepal but I have also worked in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh. Through my research I have also developed study abroad programs at U Minnesota for undergraduates in Thailand and Nepal.

Recent Publications

Simcharoen, A. T. Savini, G. Gale, S. Simcharoen, S. Duangchantrasiri, S. Pakpien and J.L.D. Smith. In Press. Female tiger (Panthera tigris) home range size and prey abundance:
important management metrics. Oryx.

Lemin, F. L. Wang, B. Wang, J.L.D. Smith, and L. Zhang. 2013. Population status of the Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti) and density of the three primary ungulate prey species in Shangyong Nature Reserve, Xishuangbanna, China. Acta Theriologica Sinia. 33 (4): 308-318.

Barlow, A.C.D., J.L.D. Smith, I.U. Ahmad, A.N.M. Hossain, M. Rahman and A. Howlader. 2011. Female tiger, Panthera tigris, home range size in the Bangladesh Sundarbans: the value of this ecosystem for species conservation. Oryx 45: 125-128.

Dhakal, N.P., K.C. Nelson, J.L.D. Smith. 2011. Resident well-being in conservation resettlement: The case of Padampur in the Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Society and Natural Resources. 24:597-615.

Barlow, A.C.D., C.J. Greenwood, I.U. Ahmad, and J.L.D. Smith. 2010. Use of an action–selection framework for human–carnivore conflict in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. Conservation Biology. 24:1338-1347.

Gurung, B., K. Nelson, J.L.D. Smith. 2010. Impact of a conservation policy: grazing restrictions on livestock composition and husbandry practices. Environmental Conservation 36:1-10..

Barlow, A.C.D., C. McDougal, J.L.D. Smith, B. Gurung, S.R. Bhatta, S. Kumal, B. Mahatoand D.B. Tamang. 2009 Temporal variation in tiger (Pantera tigris) populations and its implications for monitoring. J. Mammal. 90: 472-478.

Gurung, B., J.L.D. Smith, C. McDougal, J. Karki, & A. Barlow. 2008. Factors associated with man-eating tigers in Chitwan National Park. Biological Conservation 141: 3069-3078.

Barlow, A.C.D., I.U. Ahmed, M. Rahman, A. Howlader, A.C. Smith & J.L.D. Smith. 2008. Linking monitoring and intervention for improved management of tigers in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh. Biological Conservation 141: 2032-2040.

Ranganathan, J., K.M.A. Chan, K. Ullas Karanth, and J.L.D. Smith. 2008. Where can tigers persist in the future? A landscape-scale, density-based population model for the Indian Subcontinent. Biological Conservation 141: 67-77.

Luo, S.J., J.H. Kim, W.E. Johnson, J. Wait, J. Martenson, N.Yuhki, D.G. Miquelle, O. Uphyrkina, J.M Goodrich, H.B. Quigley, R. Tilson, G. Brady, P. Martelli, V. Subramaniam, C. McDougal, S. Hean, S. Huang, W. Pan, U.K. Karanth, M. Sunquist, J.L.D. Smith, S.J. O’Brien. 2004. Phylogeography and genetic ancestry of tigers. PLoS Biol. 2(12): 442.