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 Climate Change Planning Sulfur Climate Ecosystems Carbon Ecosystem Forests Turnover Phenology Quercus Deer Oak Longevity Prescribed Burning Rate Biodiversity Vegetation Fine Root Fine Roots Disturbance Forest Fires Pine Managers

Most Recent Publications

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

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

Erica Smithwick, Jennifer E. Baka, Douglas Warren Bird, Christopher Blaszscak-Boxe, Charles Andrew Cole, Jose D. Fuentes, Sarah E. Gergel, Leland L. Glenna, Caitlin Grady, Carter A. Hunt, Lisa Domenica Iulo, Jason Philip Kaye, Klaus Keller, 2023, Conservation Ecology

Testing presence, assessing attitudes: Study of a 3D virtual tour in an “aesthetically challenged” landscape

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

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

Interactions between landscape and local factors inform spatial action planning in post-fire forest environments

Jamie L. Peeler, Erica A.H. Smithwick, 2021, Landscape Ecology on p. 3523-3537

Stacey K. Olson, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Melissa S. Lucash, Robert M. Scheller, Robert E. Nicholas, Kelsey L. Ruckert, Christopher M. Caldwell, 2021, Ecosystems on p. 1756-1774

Anthony Zhao, Alan H. Taylor, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Margot Kaye, Lucas B. Harris, 2021, Forest Ecology and Management

Cody L. Dems, Alan H. Taylor, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Jesse K. Kreye, Margot W. Kaye, 2021, Fire Ecology on p. 1-13

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

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

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

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

Erica A.H. Smithwick, David M. Eissenstat, Gary M. Lovett, Richard D. Bowden, Lindsey E. Rustad, Charles T. Driscoll, 2013, New Phytologist on p. 712-719

M. Luke McCormack, David M. Eissenstat, Anantha M. Prasad, Erica A.H. Smithwick, 2013, Global Change Biology on p. 1697-1708

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

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

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

News Articles Featuring Erica Smithwick

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.