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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Professor Emeritus, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501


  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Professor Emeritus, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Guest Professor, College of Life Sciences/Center for Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science, Beijing Normal University


Dr. Smith primarily conducts field work in the mountains of western United States and on the Tibetan Plateau in China. His research concerns the determination of mammalian population structure. Knowledge of local population structure is necessary to our understanding of the management of threatened populations and to the manner in which natural selection may act on populations. In natural systems it is often difficult to unmask the variety of important factors that may determine population structure: population size and demography, habitat selection and availability, patterns of dispersion, gender and age differences, genetics, and behavior. In addition, he investigates the behavior of metapopulation dynamics that results from dispersal of populations that occupy fragmented habitats.

Dr. Smith also investigates the ecosystem services and keystone species status of small mammals; primarily Plateau Pikas on the high grasslands of the Tibetan plateau. His collaborative work on these alpine grasslands is designed to deepen the understanding of the complex interactions involving geophysical, biological, social, and policy factors and feedback systems in determining grassland status. A goal of this work is to enhance understanding of this socio-ecological system and to provide important inference for policies on grassland restoration, biodiversity, and economic development. Dr. Smith also serves as Chair of the IUCN/Species Survival Commission Lagomorph Specialist Group, coordinating determination of the Red List status of all lagomorphs (rabbits, hares and pikas), as well as research activities on these species throughout the world. This year (2016) he was awarded the Aldo Leopold Award from the American Society of Mammologists for his contributions.


  • PhD, Biology, University of California-Los Angeles, 1973
  • AB, Zoology, University of California-Berkeley, 1968


Journal Articles


Badingqiuying, , A. T. Smith, J. Senko and M. U. Siladan. 2016. Plateau pika Ochotona curzoniae poisoning campaign reduces carnivore abundance in southern Qinghai, China. Mammal Study 41(1):1-8. DOI: 10.3106/041.041.0102. (link )

Fontanesi, L., F. Di Palma, P. Flicek, A. T. Smith, C. Thulin, P. C. Alves and . Lagmorphs Genomics Consortium. 2016. LaGomiCs -- Lagomorph Genomics Consortium: An international effort for sequencing the genomes of an entire mammalian order. Journal of Heredity 107(4):295-308. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esw010. (link )

Harris, R. B., L. H. Samberg, E. T. Yeh, A. T. Smith, W. Wenying, W. Junbang, . Gaerrang and D. J. Bedunah. 2016. Rangeland responses to pastoralists' grazing management on a Tibetan steppe grassland, Qinghai Province, China. The Rangeland Journal 38(1):1-15. DOI: 10.1071/RJ15040. (link )

Ma, Y., X. Li, M. Wilson, X. Wu, A. Smith and J. Wu. 2016. Water loss by evaporation from China's South-North Water Transfer Project. Ecological Engineering 95(Oct):206-215. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.06.086. (link )

Smith, A. T., J. D. Nagy and C. I. Millar. 2016. Behavioral ecology of American pikas (Ochotona princeps) at Mono Craters, California: Living on the edge. Western North American Naturalist 76(4):459-484. DOI: 10.3398/064.076.0408. (link )


Harris, R. B., W. Wenying, . Badinqiuying, A. T. Smith and D. J. Bedunah. 2015. Herbivory and competition of Tibetan steppe vegetation in winter pasture: Effects of livestock exclosure and plateau pika reduction. PLOS One 10(7):e0132897. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132897. (link )

Li, W. and A. Smith. 2015. In search of the illusive and iconic Ili pika (Ochotona iliensis). Mountain Views 9(1):21-27. (link )

Smith, A. T. and J. D. Nagy. 2015. Population resilience in an American pika (Ochotona princeps) metapopulation. Journal of Mammalogy 96(2):394-404. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyv040. (link )

Wilson, M. C. and A. T. Smith. 2015. The pika and the watershed: The impact of small mammal poisoning on the ecohydrology of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. AMBIO 44(1):16-22. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-014-0568-x. (link )


Kessler, A. E., N. Batbayar, T. Natsagdon, D. Batsuur and A. T. Smith. 2013. Satellite telemetry reveals long-distance migration in the Asian great bustard Otis tarda dybowskii. Journal of Avian Biology 44(4):311-320. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2013.00072.x. (link )


Boyle, S. A., C. E. Zartman, W. R. Spironello and A. T. Smith. 2012. Implications of habitat fragmentation on the diet of bearded saki monkeys in central Amazonian forest. Journal of Mammalogy 93(4):959-976. DOI: 10.1644/11-MAMM-A-286.1. (link )

Ge, D., A. A. Lissovsky, L. Xia, C. Cheng, A. T. Smith and Q. Yang. 2012. Reevaluation of several taxa of Chinese lagomorphs (Mammalia: Lagomorpha) described on the basis of pelage phenotype variation. Mammalian Biology 77(2):113-123. DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2011.09.009. (link )


Delibes-Mateos, M., A. T. Smith, C. N. Slobodchikoff and J. E. Swenson. 2011. The paradox of keystone species persecuted as pests: A call for the conservation of abundant small mammals in their native range. Biological Conservation 144(5):1336-1346. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2011.02.012. (link )

Tian, Y., J. Wu, X. Kuo, T. Wang, A. T. Smith and J. Ge. 2011. Methods and applications of population viability analysis (PVA): A review. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 22(1):257-267 [in Chinese, English abstract].

Tian, Y., J. Wu, A. T. Smith, T. Wang, X. Kuo and J. Ge. 2011. Population viability of the Siberian tiger in a changing landscape: Going, going and gone?. Ecological Modelling 222(17):3166-3180. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.06.003. (link )


Boyle, S. A. and A. T. Smith. 2010. Behavioral modifications in northern bearded saki monkeys (Chiropotes satanas chiropotes) in forest fragments of central Amazonia. Primates 51(1):43-51. DOI: 10.1007/s10329-009-0169-7. (link )

Boyle, S. A. and A. T. Smith. 2010. Can landscape and species characteristics predict primate presence in forest fragments in the Brazilian Amazon?. Biological Conservation 143(5):1134-1143. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.02.008. (link )

Hafner, D. J. and A. T. Smith. 2010. Revision of the subspecies of the American pika, Ochotona princeps (Lagomorpha: Ochotonidae). Journal of Mammalogy 91(2):401-417. DOI: 10.1644/09-MAMM-A-277.1. (link )

Harris, R. B., D. J. Bedunah, E. T. Yeh, A. T. Smith and J. M. Anderies. 2010. Determinants of rangeland dynamics on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, China: livestock, wildlife, and pastoralism. Pastoralism: Research, Policy, and Practice 1:325-326.

Hoffmann, M., C. Hilton-Taylor, A. Angulo, M. Bohm, T. M. Brooks, S. H. Butchart, K. E. Carpenter, J. S. Chanson, B. Collen, N. A. Cox, W. R. Darwall, N. K. Dulvy, L. R. Harrison, V. Katariya, C. M. Pollock, S. Quader, N. L. Richman, A. S. Rodrigues, M. F. Tognelli, J. Vie, J. M. Aguiar, D. J. Allen, G. R. Allen, G. Amori, N. B. Ananjeva, F. Andreone, P. Andrew, A. L. Aquino Ortiz, J. E. Baillie, R. Baldi, B. D. Bell, S. D. Biju, J. P. Bird, P. Black-Decima, J. J. Blanc, F. Bolanos, W. Bolivar-G, I. J. Burfield, J. A. Burton, D. R. Capper, F. Castro, G. Catullo, R. D. Cavanagh, A. Channing, N. Labbish Chao, A. M. Chenery, F. Chiozza, V. Clausnitzer, N. J. Collar, L. C. Collett, B. B. Collette, C. F. Cortez Fernandez, M. T. Craig, M. J. Crosby, N. Cumberlidge, A. Cuttelod, A. E. Derocher, A. C. Diesmos, J. S. Donaldson, J. W. Duckworth, G. Dutson, S. K. Dutta, R. H. Emslie, A. Farjon, S. Fowler, J. Freyhof, D. L. Garshelis, J. Gerlach, D. J. Gower, T. D. Grant, G. A. Hammerson, R. B. Harris, L. R. Heaney, S. B. Hedges, J. Hero, B. Hughes, S. A. Hussain, J. I. M, R. F. Inger, N. Ishii, D. T. Iskandar, R. K. Jenkins, Y. Kaneko, M. Kottelat, K. M. Kovacs, S. L. Kuzmin, E. la Marca, J. F. Lamoreux, M. W. Lau, E. O. Lavilla, K. Leus, R. L. Lewison, G. Lichtenstein, S. R. Livingstone, V. Lukoschek, D. P. Mallon, P. J. McGowan, A. McIvor, P. D. Moehlman, S. Molur, A. Munoz Alonso, J. A. Musick, K. Nowell, R. A. Nussbaum, W. Olech, N. L. Orlov, T. J. Papenfuss, G. Parra-Olea, W. F. Perrin, B. A. Polidoro, M. Pourkazemi, P. A. Racey, J. S. Ragle, M. Ram, G. Rathbun, R. P. Reynolds, A. G. Rhodin, S. J. Richards, L. O. Rodriguez, S. R. Ron, C. Rondinini, A. B. Rylands, Y. Sadovy de Mitcheson, J. C. Sanciangco, K. L. Sanders, G. Santos-Barrera, J. Schipper, C. Self-Sullivan, Y. Shi, A. Shoemaker, F. T. Short, C. Sillero-Zubiri, D. L. Silvano, K. G. Smith, A. T. Smith, J. Snoeks, A. J. Stattersfield, A. J. Symes, A. B. Taber, B. K. Talukdar, H. J. Temple, R. Timmins, J. A. Tobias, K. Tsytsulina, D. Tweddle, C. Ubeda, S. V. Valenti, P. P. van Dijk, L. M. Veiga, A. Veloso, D. C. Wege, M. Wilkinson, E. A. Williamson, F. Xie, B. E. Young, H. R. Akcakaya, L. Bennum, T. M. Blackburn, L. Boitani, H. T. Dublin, G. A. de Fonseca, C. Gascon, T. E. Lacher Jr, G. M. Mace, S. A. Mainka, J. A. McNeely, R. A. Mittermeier, G. McGregor Reid, J. P. Rodriguez, A. A. Rosenberg, M. J. Samways, J. Smart, B. A. Stein and S. N. Stuart. 2010. The impact of conservation on the status of the world's vertebrates. Science 330(6010):1503-1509. DOI: 10.1126/science.1194442. (link )


Schipper, J., J. S. Chanson, F. Chiozza, N. A. Cox, M. Hoffmann, V. Katariya, J. F. Lamoreux, A. S. Rodrigues, S. N. Stuart, H. J. Temple, J. E. Baillie, L. Boitani, T. E. Lacher Jr, R. A. Mittermeier, A. T. Smith, D. Absolon, J. M. Aguiar, G. Amori, N. Bakkour, R. Baldi, R. J. Berridge, J. Bielby, P. A. Black, J. J. Blanc, T. M. Brooks, J. A. Burton, T. M. Butynski, G. Catulio, R. Chapman, Z. Cokeliss, B. Collen, J. Conroy, J. G. Cooke, G. A. da Fonseca, A. E. Derocher, H. T. Dublin, J. W. Duckworth, L. Emmons, R. H. Emslie, M. Festa-Bianchet, M. Foster, S. Foster, D. L. Garshelis, C. Gates, M. Gimenez-Dixon, S. Gonzalez, J. F. Gonzalez-Maya, T. C. Good, G. A. Hammerson, P. S. Hammond, D. Happold, M. Happold, J. Hare, R. B. Harris, C. E. Hawkins, M. Haywood, L. R. Heaney, S. Hedges, K. M. Helgen, C. Hilton-Taylor, S. Ainul Hussain, N. Ishii, T. A. Jefferson, R. K. Jenkins, C. H. Johnston, M. Keith, J. Kingdon, D. H. Knox, K. M. Kovacs, P. Langhammer, K. Leus, R. L. Lewison, G. Lichtenstein, L. F. Lowry, Z. Macavoy, G. M. Mace, D. P. Mallon, M. Masi, M. W. McKnight, R. A. Medellin, P. Medici, G. Mills, P. D. Moehlman, S. Molur, A. Mora, K. Nowell, J. F. Oates, W. Olech, W. R. Oliver, M. Oprea, B. D. Patterson, W. F. Perrin, B. A. Polidoro, C. M. Pollock, A. Powel, Y. Protas, P. A. Racey, J. Ragle, P. Ramani, G. Rathbun, R. R. Reeves, S. B. Reilly, J. E. Reynolds III, C. Rondinini, R. G. Rosell-Ambal, M. Rulli, A. B. Rylands, S. Savini, C. J. Schank, W. Sechrest, C. Self-Sullivan, A. Shoemaker, C. Sillero-Zubiri, N. De Silva, D. E. Smith, C. Srinivasulu, P. J. Stephenson, N. van Strien, B. K. Talukdar, B. L. Taylor, R. Timmins, D. G. Tirira, M. F. Tognelli, K. Tsytsulina, L. M. Veiga, J. Vie, E. A. Williamson, S. A. Wyatt, Y. Xie and B. E. Young. 2008. The status of the world's land and marine mammals: Diversity, threat, and knowledge. Science 322(5899):225-230. DOI: 10.1126/science.1165115. (link )



Smith, A. T. and Y. Xie eds. 2013. Mammals of China. Princeton University Press. ISBN: 9780691154275.


Smith, A. T. ed. 2009. Lagomorphs [English translation of Russian text: V. E. Sokolov, E. Yu, Ivanitskyay, V. V. Gruzdev, and V. G. Heptner. 1994. Lagomorphs. Nauka, Moscow]. Smithsonian Institution LIbraries. Washington, D.C.

Smith, A. T. and Y. Xie eds. 2009. A Guide to the Mammals of China [revised edition, in Chinese]. Hunan Education Publishing House. Changsha, Hunan, China.


Smith, A. T. and Y. Xie eds. 2008. A Guide to the Mammals of China. Princeton University Press. ISBN: 9780691099842.

Book Chapters


Lacher Jr, T. E., W. J. Murphy, R. Rogan, A. T. Smith and N. S. Upham. 2016. Evolution, phylogeny, ecology and conservation of the clade Glires: Lagomorpha and Rodentia. Pp. 15-26 In: Wilson, D. E., T. E. Lacher Jr and R. A. Mittermeier eds., Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Lagomorphs and Rodents I. Vol 6. Lynx Edicions. Barcelona, Spain. ISBN: 978-84-941892-3-4.


Boyle, S. A., A. T. Smith, W. R. Spironello and C. E. Zartman. 2013. The behavioural ecology of northern bearded sakis (Chiropotes satanas chiropotes) living in forest fragments of central Brazilian Amazonia. Pp. 255-261 In: Veiga, L. M., A. A. Barnett, S. F. Ferrari and M. A. Norconk eds., Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Titis, Sakis and Uacaris. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Reid, D. G., D. Berteaux, K. L. Laidre, A. A. , R. Angliss, E. W. Born, P. Boveng, D. Cluff, D. Ehrich, S. H. Ferguson, J. Garlich-Miller, G. Gauthier, A. Gunn, K. M. Kovacs, N. Lecomte, L. F. Lowry, P. McLoughlin, D. Litovka, S. Moore, K. Mustonen, T. Mustonen, L. Nguyen, E. Peacock, K. Poole, L. Quakenbush, D. Russell, N. M. Schmidt, B. Sheftel, M. Simpkins, B. Sittler, B. Slough, A. T. Smith, F. Ugarte, D. Vongraven and O. Wiig. 2013. Mammals. Pp. 78-141 In: Meltofte, H. ed., Arctic Biodiversity Assessment: Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Arctic Council. ISBN: 978-9935-431-22-6. (link )