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Lora L. Smith
Herpetology

Dr. Lora L. Smith’s research program is centered on the ecology of amphibians and reptiles of the Southeastern Coastal Plain, and in particular on herpetofaunal linkages between aquatic and terrestrial systems and keystone species in these systems. She is also investigating the interactions between natural and human disturbance legacies in longleaf pine forests and herpetofaunal communities. Aspects of her research program are incorporated into field courses for university students.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, December 1999
  • MS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, August 1992
  • BS in Biology, Eckerd College, May 1982

Professional Experience

  • 2017- present: Scientist, J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center
  • 2007- 2017: Associate Scientist, J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center
  • 2001-2007: Assistant Scientist, J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center
  • 2000-2001: Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey
  • 1999: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, University of North Florida
  • 1998-1999: Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey
  • 1998: Field Biologist, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
  • 1996-1997: Zoologist, Florida Natural Areas Inventory
  • 1992: Field Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
  • 1985-1988: Associate Scientist, Water and Air Research, Inc.
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