Erica Smithwick

Professor of Geography

Erica Smithwick

Research Summary

Understanding how a wide range of disturbances, especially fire, affect ecosystem function at landscape scales.

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Nitrogen Deer Sulfur Carbon Turnover Phenology Rate Ecosystems Ecosystem Herbivores Climate Forests Introduced Plants Odocoileus Virginianus Palatability Fine Roots Fine Root Rhizosphere Growth Life History Traits Public Soil Property Ecological Models Fires Biofuels

Most Recent Publications

Douglas Baldwin, Salvatore Manfreda, Henry Lin, Erica Smithwick, Remote Sensing on p. 2013

Susan M. Kotikot, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Helen Greatrex, 2024, Scientific Reports

Casey W. Hamilton, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Katie V. Spellman, Andrew P. Baltensperger, Blaine T. Spellman, Guangqing Chi, 2024, Landscape Ecology

Melissa S. Lucash, Neil G. Williams, Vivek Srikrishnan, Klaus Keller, Robert M. Scheller, Casey Hegelson, Robert E. Nicholas, Erica A.H. Smithwick, 2023, Trees, Forests and People

Ellie Nasr-Azadani, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Stuart J. Steidle, Melissa S. Lucash, Denice H. Wardrop, Nathan T. Fregien, Thomas R. Kenote, 2023, Sustainability Science on p. 2605-2628

Stuart Steidle, Melissa Lucash, Ellie Nasr-Azadani, Erica Smithwick, 2023, Journal of Environmental Management

Kaitlyn Spangler, K , Erica Smithwick, Stephanie Buechler, Jennifer Baka, 2023, Energy Research and Social Science on p. 12

E Smithwick, Jennifer Baka, D Bird, Christopher Blaszscak-Boxe, C Blaszczak-Boxe, C Cole, J Fuentes, Sarah Gergel, Leland Glenna, C Grady, A Graefe, C Hunt, L Iulo, Carter Hunt, L Iulo, Jason Kaye, Klaus Keller, J Kaye, Klaus Keller, 2023, Conservation Ecology

Hong Wu, Zachary D. Miller, Rui Wang, Katherine Zipp, Peter Newman, Yau-Huo Shr, Cody L. Dems, Alan Taylor, Margot W. Kaye, Erica A.H. Smithwick, 2022, Journal of Environmental Management on p. 10

Most-Cited Papers

Variability in root production, phenology, and turnover rate among 12 temperate tree species

M. Luke McCormack, Thomas S. Adams, Erica A.H. Smithwick, David M. Eissenstat, 2014, Ecology on p. 2224-2235

John L. Field, Tom L. Richard, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Hao Cai, Mark S. Laser, David S. LeBauer, Stephen P. Long, Keith Paustian, Zhangcai Qin, John J. Sheehan, Pete Smith, Michael Q. Wang, Lee R. Lynd, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 21968-21977

Erica A.H. Smithwick, Melissa S. Lucash, M. Luke McCormack, Gajan Sivandran, 2014, Ecological Modelling on p. 193-204

Representing climate, disturbance, and vegetation interactions in landscape models

Robert E. Keane, Donald McKenzie, Donald A. Falk, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Carol Miller, Lara Karena B. Kellogg, 2015, Ecological Modelling on p. 33-47

D. Baldwin, S. Manfreda, K. Keller, E. A.H. Smithwick, 2017, Journal of Hydrology on p. 393-404

Kendra K. McLauchlan, Philip E. Higuera, Daniel G. Gavin, Steven S. Perakis, Michelle C. Mack, Heather Alexander, John Battles, Franco Biondi, Brian Buma, Daniele Colombaroli, Sara K. Enders, Daniel R. Engstrom, Feng Sheng Hu, Jennifer R. Marlon, John Marshall, Matt McGlone, Jesse L. Morris, Lucas E. Nave, Bryan Shuman, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Dunia H. Urrego, David A. Wardle, Christopher J. Williams, Joseph J. Williams, 2014, BioScience on p. 105-116

Kevin J. Horn, R. Quinn Thomas, Christopher M. Clark, Linda H. Pardo, Mark E. Fenn, Gregory B. Lawrence, Steven S. Perakis, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Douglas Baldwin, Sabine Braun, Annika Nordin, Charles H. Perry, Jennifer N. Phelan, Paul G. Schaberg, Samuel B.St Clair, Richard Warby, Shaun Watmough, 2018, PLoS One

Deer feeding selectivity for invasive plants

Kristine M. Averill, David A. Mortensen, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Eric Post, 2016, Biological Invasions on p. 1247-1263

Kristine M. Averill, David A. Mortensen, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Susan Kalisz, William J. McShea, Norman A. Bourg, John D. Parker, Alejandro A. Royo, Marc D. Abrams, David K. Apsley, Bernd Blossey, Douglas H. Boucher, Kai L. Caraher, Antonio DiTommaso, Sarah E. Johnson, Robert Masson, Victoria A. Nuzzo, 2018, AoB PLANTS

M. Luke McCormack, Elizabeth Crisfield, Brett Raczka, Frank Schnekenburger, David M. Eissenstat, Erica A.H. Smithwick, 2015, Ecological Modelling on p. 107-117

News Articles Featuring Erica Smithwick

Climate change is making heat waves like this week's more common and severe in Pa.

The first significant heat wave of this season is affecting much of the Midwest to the Northeast this week, including Pennsylvania. That's according to the National Weather Service. All of central and northern Pennsylvania is under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. on Saturday, with heat index values up to 101 degrees.

How a group of scientists and moms are fighting back against climate change

The Science Moms are working to protect the future of our kids and giving you the tools to demand change. Dr. Erica Smithwick, a professor at Penn State, joined us to talk about the group's important message.

Stable profits, land preservation matter to farmers debating solar leases

Stable and predictable profit is an important factor to Pennsylvania farmers considering leasing out their land for solar energy development, it’s not enough on its own

Radio Clip on rural zone updates

There have been rural zone updates because of climate change and its affect on plant life

Climate in Crisis: AGU conference in San Francisco this week

Experts share their research to better understand the environment and collaborate on solutions at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting

Climate Consortium announces call for workshop proposals

The Penn State Climate Consortium has launched the Climate Solutions Accelerator, an innovative effort aimed at catalyzing research projects geared towards offering impactful climate solutions for communities in Pennsylvania and globally.

Collaborative landscape design approach may improve resiliency, human well-being

A newly proposed landscape stewardship framework may lead to a more resilient and adaptable environment and improved quality of life for people.

From Jane to the Octonauts, Children’s TV Is Taking on the Climate Crisis

Including climate change in children's tv shows are helping parents talk with their kids about the topic

PSU expert shares advice on how to navigate extreme heat closures with students

Changes in the climate have been forcing many schools to temporarily close or cancel activities

Climate change strains Pa. farmers with extreme heat, floods, droughts

Climate change is impacting Pennsylvania farmers

How much good does recycling do these days?

What can and cannot be recycled and what impact it has

Erica Smithwick: A practical, financially helpful way to fight climate change

The impact heat pumps can help make a difference on climate change

A Penn State expert on learning to live with wildfires, as climate change heats up

Wildfires in Canada are breaking records this year, burning more than 20 million acres so far. One effect has been days of haze and unhealthy air in Pennsylvania.

'This is on our doorstep now': Wildfire smoke is new hazard in upper Midwest

Smoke from Canadian wildfires that turned skies along the East Coast a sickly yellow also brought air quality alerts to much of the Midwest last week. State health departments cautioned people with heart and lung conditions to reduce outdoor exposure.

Canada Wildfires and Air Quality Impact

This broadcast TV segment features Erica Smithwick, Distinguished Professor of Geography and director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. Similar segments aired on at least a dozen local stations across the country.

'This is on our doorstep now': Wildfire smoke a reminder that climate change impacts human health

Smoke from Canadian wildfires that turned skies along the East Coast a sickly yellow has become yet another illustration of how changes in our climate foster extreme weather events.

What’s actually in all that smoke you’re breathing

Billowing clouds of Canadian wildfire smoke have transformed blue skies into apocalyptic orange scenes across the eastern United States.

Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to interdisciplinary research teams

Nineteen interdisciplinary research teams received funding through the Institutes of Energy and the Environment’s (IEE) Seed Grant Program for 2023.

Climate Solutions Symposium to take place at Penn State on May 22 and 23

Penn State will host the Climate Solutions Symposium on May 22 and 23 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Eissenstat retires from College of Ag Sciences after three decades at Penn State

David Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology, retired recently after a distinguished 28-year career on the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences faculty, including a two-year stint as interim head of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Smithwick appointed new director of Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

Erica Smithwick, distinguished professor of geography, has been named director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, effective Jan. 1.

This group of ‘science moms’ is working to make a cleaner, better future for their children: ‘Moms have superpowers’

As everyone is aware, moms always know best. And now, one group of climate scientist moms is sharing their expert knowledge to help parents and kids understand our planet’s warming temperatures.

Fighting fire with fire: Study gauges public perception of prescribed burns

Setting planned, controlled fires — or prescribed burns — on landscapes can reduce wildfire risks and support habitat restoration, but to be successful these policies also require public support.

Macalady named Ecology Institute director

Microbe expert Jennifer Macalady replaces outgoing director Erica Smithwick, who oversaw the research unit for the past five years.

Advanced biofuels show promise for replacing some fossil fuels

Plant-based biofuels can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and growing these crops in certain landscapes offers net climate benefits compared to other land use options, according to a team of international scientists.