Dr. Smith is the Charles H. Babcock Chaired Professor in Botany (Biology) at Wake Forest University.  His research focuses on the adaptations of plants living in harsh and extreme environments, with a current focus on global change impacts.  Current projects include studies of the global occurrence of the alpine treelines and the impacts of episodic, extreme events (e.g. hurricanes) on barrier island ecosystems.  Based on the adaptive characteristics of individual species, projections about future survival are being evaluated.  Over the past 26 years Smith has authored  approximately 200 refereed publications, received more than 40 NSF grants totally over $8 M, and currently leads the NSF-funded Coastal Barrier Island Network composed of a broad multidisciplinary group of scientists with expertise in ecology, geology, economics, and cultural and political sciences.