Assistant Station Director for Research & Program Development
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Contact Katherine Smith
As Assistant Director for Research and Program Development, I provide oversight and direction for all Pacific Northwest Research Station programs in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Specifically, I focus on shaping research strategies, coordinating research, and delivering science that achieves our core priorities: to inform management for forest resilience and ecosystem services; to connect people to natural environments; and to mitigate risks to people, property, and forests. To that end, I lead a team in developing a framework that prioritizes our research so that we can achieve high-impact, user-oriented science, align our research to agency priorities, and deliver it more effectively to partners, stakeholders, and the public.
I also cultivate partnerships with other Forest Service leaders, government agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure that our work remains relevant to pressing forest conservation challenges. In particular I strive to connect our forestry science with the land management community and policymakers. I also provide research program leadership through program reviews, partner sensing, science delivery, and coordination with other deputy areas of the Forest Service and other agencies.
Forested landscapes and grasslands provide clean air, clean water, human health benefits, jobs, recreation, and a wide range of other resources. Much depends on the sustainability of these ecosystems. Therefore, we are working to produce translational forestry research that is grounded in a collaborative relationship between researchers and land managers. My goal is to help the Pacific Northwest Research Station continue to provide internationally recognized science and to bridge the gaps between discovery, knowledge, and sustainable forest management.
My science background traces my interest in aquatic ecosystems and natural resource management. These interests led me to a master’s degree from Michigan State University where I focused on sampling strategies for assessment of fish species composition in Great Lakes watersheds, and a PhD from the University of Georgia on institutional and ecological aspects of freshwater inflow to estuaries in Puerto Rico. As a resource specialist at the National Marine Fisheries Service, I led a habitat science team and worked with a range of partners to advance fish passage objectives for federal and private hydropower projects. Prior to coming to the Pacific Northwest Research Station, I served as National Program Lead for Fisheries and Watershed Research at the US Forest Service Research and Development national office in Washington, DC. Other fieldwork has taken me from fish habitat studies in Canada to remote wetland habitats in Glacier National Park.
Citations of non US Forest Service Publications
Mockrin M.H., Bowker J.M., Smith K.L., West C.D. 2014. Outdoor Recreation in Shifting Societal and Natural Landscapes. Proceedings of the 2014 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.
NMFS. 2010. Marine fisheries habitat assessment improvement plan. Report of the National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Assessment Improvement Plan Team. U.S. Dep. Commerce., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-F/SPO-108, 115 p.
Haro A.J., K.L. Smith, R.A. Rulifson, C.M. Moffitt, R.J. Klauda, M.J. Dadswell, R.A. Cunjak, J.E. Cooper, K.L. Beal, and T.S. Avery, editors. 2009. Challenges for Diadromous Fishes in a Dynamic Global Environment. American Fisheries Society Symposium 69. 943 pp. Bethesda, Maryland.
Smith K.L. and M.L. Jones. 2008. Sampling effort allocation strategies for optimizing watershed-level fish faunal inventories. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 137: 1500-1506.
Smith K.L., Corujo Flores I., and Pringle C.M. 2008. A comparison of current and historical fish assemblages in a Caribbean island estuary: Conservation value of historical data. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 18: 993-999
Smith K.L, Daves N, and Mahon R. 2008. Commercially exploited aquatic species and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES): the listing of queen conch (Strombus gigas). In W. Taylor, M. Schechter, and N. Leondard, Eds. International Governance of Fisheries Ecosystems: learning from the past, finding solutions for the future. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.
Beard T.D., Allen H, Anderson B.A., and Smith K.S. 2008. Tradeoffs in management of freshwater ecosystem services under international environmental conventions: the case of inland waters fisheries. In W. Taylor, M. Schechter, and N. Leondard, Eds. International Governance of Fisheries Ecosystems: learning from the past, finding solutions for the future. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.
Seares J., Smith K.L., Olivas, E.A., and Pringle C.P. 2007. Effects of globalization on freshwater systems and strategies for conservation. In W. Taylor and M. Schechter, Eds. Globalization: Effects on Fisheries Resources. Cambridge University Press.
Smith K.L and M.L. Jones. 2007. When are historical data sufficient for making watershed-level stream fish management and conservation decisions? Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 135: 291-331
Smith K.L and M.L. Jones. 2005. Watershed-level sampling effort requirements for determining riverine fish species composition. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science. 62: 1580-88.
Hayes D.B, Taylor W.B, and Smith K.L. 2005. Factors influencing fisheries sustainability. In D. MacDonald and E. Knudsen, Eds. Fish in our future: perspectives on fisheries sustainability. Sustainable Fisheries Foundation. Nanaimo, British Columbia.