Ian Smith

Earth & Environment

  • Title Earth & Environment
  • Education Boston University, B.S.

Ian Smith is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth & Environment. He graduated from Boston University in 2017 with a major in Environmental Science and minor in Economics. Previously, he worked as a visiting fellow at Boston University where he studied landscape fragmentation and urbanization impacts on forest productivity and respiration. His research interests center around anthropogenic influences on the carbon cycle. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending time with his Boston Terrier, Kobe.



Smith IA, Hutyra LR, Reinmann AB, Thompson JR, Allen DW. Evidence for edge enhancements of soil respiration in temperate forests. Geophysical Research Letters. 2019 Apr 28;46(8):4278-87.

Smith IA, Dearborn VK, Hutyra LR. Live fast, die young: Accelerated growth, mortality, and turnover in street trees. PloS one. 2019 May 8;14(5):e0215846.

Smith IA, Hutyra LR, Reinmann AB, Marrs JK, Thompson JR. Piecing together the fragments: elucidating edge effects on forest carbon dynamics. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2018 May;16(4):213-21.


Check out Ian’s talk about his research at the 2021 URBAN Spring Symposium here!

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