US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Max Smith

Research Ecologist (Cooperator/Contractor)
333 Broadway SE, Suite 115
New Mexico
United States

Phone: 503-720-9730
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Current Research

I obtain and analyze data from a variety of sources to conduct water resource assessments for national forests in the western US. I work with datasets compiled via remote sensing, spatial modeling, and field measurements. 

Research Interests

Riparian ecology, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, water rights and uses, fish and wildlife management, climate change

Past Research

Effects of wildfire on riparian ecosystems; breeding biology of riparian-nesting birds; invasive species management

Why This Research is Important

Riparian, wetland, and aquatic ecosystems depend on surface water and groundwater from our national forests. This water also benefits municipalities, agriculture, and other users. In the Arid West, water resources face numerous stressors, many of which are exacerbated by human population growth and a warming climate. To address these issues, adaptive management must be informed by estimates of the natural range of variation and projections of future conditions.


  • University of Oklahoma, M.S. Zoology 2005
  • University of Montana, B.S. Wildlife Biology 2000

Awards & Recognition

  • Wings Across the Americas Research and Partnership Award, 2012
    For outstanding achievement in conservation


Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

Last updated on : 11/03/2020