Adam Smith

Quantitative Ecologist

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

As a Quantitative Ecologist with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service Inventory and Monitoring Program, I provide ecological inventory and monitoring design and analytical assistance to the roughly 130 National Wildlife Refuges. In addition, I engage in diverse partnerships with conservation and resource management agencies and organizations to support a research program built around modern quantitative tools and approaches to understand the ecology and conservation of migratory animals. Most of my active projects are collaborative and integrate digitally-coded telemetry or GPS logging technology to answer landscape and local scale questions relevant to conservation and management. I am an open science advocate.


  • Avian Ecology
  • Migration Ecology
  • Movement Ecology
  • Quantitative Ecology
  • R
  • GIS
  • Open Science


  • PhD in Environmental Science (Avian Ecology), 2013

    University of Rhode Island

  • MSc in Raptor Biology, 2006

    Boise State University

  • BSc in Wildlife Biology, 2000

    Murray State University

Recent Posts

Recent Publications

Modeling spatiotemporal abundance of mobile wildlife in highly variable environments using boosted GAMLSS hurdle models

Modeling organism distributions from survey data involves numerous statistical challenges, including accounting for zero‐inflation, …

Gradient boosting for distributional regression: faster tuning and improved variable selection via noncyclical updates

We present a new algorithm for boosting generalized additive models for location, scale and shape (GAMLSS) that allows to incorporate …

Where's the Grass? Disappearing submerged aquatic vegetation and declining water quality in Lake Mattamuskeet

Major threats to aquatic systems such as shallow lakes can include declining water quality, the loss of macrophyte beds, and the …