J. L. David Smith
Ph. D. University of Minnesota
Areas 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.
FW 4103 – Principles of Wildlife Management – 3 cr.
FW 5625 – Wildlife Handling and Immobilization – 2 cr.
CFANS 3504 - Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods – 3 cr.
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 developed study abroad programs at U Minnesota for undergraduates in Thailand and Nepal.
Wang, T.M., Feng, L.M., Mou, P., Wu, J.G., Smith, J.L.D., Xiao, W.H., Yang, H.T., Dou, H.L., Zhao, X.D., Cheng, Y.C., Zhou, B., Wu, H.Y., Zhang, L., Tian, Y., Guo, Q.X., Kou, X.J., Han, X.M., Miguelle, D.G., Oliver, C.D., Xu, R.M., Ge, J.P., 2015c. Amur tigers and leopards returning to China: direct evidence and a landscape conservation plan. Landscape Ecol., DOI 10.1007/s10980-10015-10278-10981.
Wang, T.M., Feng, L.M., Mou, P., Ge, J.P., Li, C., Smith, J.L.D., 2015b. Long-distance dispersal of an Amur tiger indicates potential to restore the North-east China/Russian Tiger Landscape. Oryx 49, 578-579.
Kenney, J., F. W. Allendorf, C. McDougal and J. L.D. Smith. 2014. How much gene flow is needed to avoid inbreeding depression in wild tiger populations? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 281(1789).
Luo, S.J., Y. Zhang, W.E. Johnson, L. Miao, P. Martelli, A. Antunes, J.L.D. Smith, S.J. O’Brien. 2014. Sympatric Asian felid phylogeography reveals a major Indochinese-Sundaic divergence. Molecular Ecology 23: 2072-2092.
Simcharoen, A., T. Savini, G.Gale, E. Roche, V. Chaimchome, and J.L.D. Smith. 2014. Ecological factors that influence sambar (Rusa unicolor) distribution and abundance in western Thailand: implications for tiger conservation. Raffles 62: 100-106.
Simcharoen, A., S. Simcharoen, S. Duangchantrasiri, S. Pakpien, G. Gale, T. Savini, J.L.D. Smith. 2014. Female tiger home range size and prey abundance: important management metrics. Oryx.
Feng, L., L. Wang, B. Wang, J.L.D. Smith and L. Zanf. 2013. Population status of the Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbeti) and the density of the three primary ungulate prey species in Shangyung Nature Reeseerve, Xishuangbanna, China. Acta Theologica Sinica 33: 308-313.
Elkan, P.W. and J.L.D. Smith. 2013. Bongo, Tragelaphus euryceros. In: Mammals of Africa Vol VI, Eds. J. Kingdon and M. Hoffmann. Bloomsbury Press, London. Pp. 179-185.
Driscoll, C.A., I Chestin, H Jungius, Y Darman, E Dinerstein, J Seidensticker, J Sanderson, S Christie, S J. Luo, M Shrestha, Y Zhuravlev, O Uphyrkina, Y V. Jhala, S P. Yadav, D G. Pikunov, N Yamaguchi, D E. Wildt, J L. D. Smith, Marker, Philip J. Nyhus, R Tilson, D W. Macdonald, and S J. O'Brien. 2012. A postulate for tiger recovery: the case of the Caspian Tiger. J. Threatened Taxa 4: 2637-2643.
Smith, J.L.D., S. Simcharoen, A. Simcharoen, P. Cutter, B. Gurung, R. Chundawat, C. McDougal, and J. Seidensticker. 2011. Seasonally dry tropical forest is essential tiger habitat. In: W.J. McShea, S.J. Davies, and N. Bhumpakphan. The Ecology and Conservation of Seasonally Dry Forests in Asia, John Wiley & Sons.
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.
Kapfer, P.M., H M. Streby, B. Gurung, A Simcharoen, C. McDougal, and J.L.D. Smith. 2011. Fine-scale spatio-temporal variation in tiger Panthera tigris diet: effect of study duration and extent on estimates of tiger diet in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Wildlife Biology 17:277-285.
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.
Smith, J.L.D., C. McDougal, B. Gurung, N. Shrestha, M. Shrestha, T. Allendorf, A. Joshi, and N. Dhakal. 2010. Securing the Future for Nepal's Tigers: Lessons from the Past and Present. In R. Tilson and P.J. Nyhus (eds.), Tigers of the World (2nd ed.), Elsevier Press.
Walston, J., J.G. Robinson, E.L. Bennett, U. Breitenmoser, … J.L. D. Smith, …2010. Bringing the Tiger Back from the Brink: the six percent solution. PLoS Biol. September 8:1-4 (e1000485).
Seidensticker, J.,…J.L.D. Smith, … 2010. Tiger range collapse and recovery at the base of the Himalayas. In: D.W. MacDonald and A. J. Loveridge, eds. Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids. Oxford Press.
Luo, Shujin, W.E. Johnson, J.L.D. Smith and S.J. O’Brien. 2010. What is a Tiger? Genetics and Phylogeography. In R. Tilson and P.J. Nyhus (eds.), Tigers of the World (2nd ed.), Elsevier Press.
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.