Matthew M. Smith
Research Ecologist & Team Lead
1945 North 38th Street
Phone: 402-437-5178 x4021
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My research background includes agroforestry, agroecosystems, forestry, waste-to-energy systems and natural resource management. This interdisciplinary background ultimately led me to the U.S. Forest Service National Agroforestry Center. As the Research Lead, I work with a group of scientists to provide national leadership in agroforestry, which is a sustainable land management system used to enhance the economic and environmental benefits that occur when trees are deliberately integrated into an agricultural landscape. My current research explores the human dimensions of agroforestry and how economic, social, environmental and cultural drivers impact adoption. I am also interested in the ability of silvopasture to potentially reduce the severity of wildfires.
Provide national leadership in agroforestry for the purpose of advancing the health, diversity, and productivity of America's working lands.
- University of New Hampshire, Doctor Of Philosophy Natural Resources 2016
- University of New Hampshire, Master Of Science Resource Administration and Management 2011
- University of New Hampshire, Bachelor Of Science Environmental Conservation Studies 2008
- National Agroforestry Center Research Ecologist & Team Lead , US Forest Service
2019 - Current
- Research Scientist & Site Manager - Agroecosystems Study, University of New Hampshire
2016 - 2018
- Research Assistant & Site Manager - Agroecosystems Study, University of New Hampshire
2011 - 2016
- Biological Science Research Assistant, US Forest Service
2006 - 2016
- Research Farm Assistant, University of New Hampshire
2004 - 2006
Citations of non US Forest Service Publications
Smith, M. M., Park, C., Andam, C. and Aber, J. D. 2018. Utilization of low grade wood for use as animal bedding: A case study of eastern hemlock. Journal of Forestry. 116(6): 520-528.
Smith, M. M., and Aber, J. D. 2018. Energy recovery from commercial-scale composting as a novel waste management strategy. Applied Energy. 211:194-199.
Smith, M. M., Aber, J. D., and Simms, C. L. 2017. Animal bedding cost and somatic cell count across New England dairy farms: Relationship with bedding material, houseing type, herd size and management system. The Professional Animal Scientist. 33(5):616-626.
Smith, M. M., Aber, J. D., and Howard, T. E. 2017. Economic viability of producing animal bedding from low quality and small diameter trees using a wood shaving machine. The Professional Animal Scientist. 33(6):771-779.
Smith, M. M., Aber, J. D., and Rynk, R. 2017. Heat recovery from composting: A comprehensive review of system design, recovery rate and utilization. Compost Science & Utilization. 25(S1):11-22.
Smith, M. M., and Aber, J. D. 2017. Heat recovery from composting: A step-by-step guide to building an aerated static pile heat recovery composting facility. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension; Research Report. 64 p.
Smith, M. M., and Aber, J. D. 2015. Heat extraction & utilization from composting as an alternative to anaerobic digestion for reducing energy costs on dairy farms. In: UNH Dairy Report 2015. New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. 33-35.
Simms, C. L., Smith, M. M., Alvez, J., Colby, J., and Aber, J. D. 2015. Alternatives for rising bedding costs in New England Dairies. Cooperative Extension, Dairy Briefs, 62:3-4.
Smith, M. M., and Aber, J. D. 2014. Heat recovery from compost: A guide to building an aerated static pile heat recovery composting facility. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension; Research Report. 81 p.
Smith, M. M., and Aber, J. D. 2017. Recover energy from composting to heat water on farms. Progressive Dairyman. 19:61-63 and Progressive Dairyman Canada. 3:63-65.
Smith, M. M., and Aber, J. D. 2014. Heat recovery from compost. BioCycle. 55(2):27-29.