I have spent over a decade now living and working in the outdoors as a field biologist, experiential outdoor educator, and tall ship sailor.
Most recently, I have worked as a field biologist for the National Park Service, National Audubon Society, Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research, and other organizations and research labs in Maine, Alaska, and throughout the Four Corners of the Southwest.
My interests are eclectic but primarily focused on ornithology, biodiversity, natural history, conservation biology, science communication, and arts-science integration.
Mahoney, Sean M., Anna Nellis B Smith; Peter J Motyka; Erick J Lundgren; Matthew J Johnson; Raemy R Winton; Bo Stevens. 2019. Russian olive habitat along an arid river supports fewer bird species, functional groups, and a different species composition relative to mixed vegetation habitats. Journal of Arid Environments. Vol 167: 26-33. doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2019.04.018.
NON-REFEREED / EDITED
Smith, Anna Nellis and Merkle, B.G. Meaning-Making in Science Communication: A Case for Precision in Word Choice. In prep for the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America
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PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS
Anna Nellis Smith. 2020. Russian olive habitat along an arid river supports fewer bird species, functional groups and a different species composition relative to mixed vegetation habitats. Poster for the North American Ornithological Conference.
Zeke Smith & Nell Smith. 2019. Stratton & Bluff Islands Annual Update. Prouts Neck Audubon Society Meeting, Prouts Neck, ME.
Anna Nellis Smith. 2012. One island, two nations: deforestation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Conservation Biology Symposium Presentation at Prescott College, Prescott, AZ.