Professor of Geography
Uunderstanding how a wide range of disturbances, especially fire, affect ecosystem function at landscape scales.
Publication TagsWater Basalt Climate Climate Change Nitrogen Ecosystem Herbivores Herbivore Carbon Turnover Forage Phenology Plain Oak National Parks Diet Grazing Quercus National Park Deer Forests Ecosystems Effect Vegetation Prescribed Burning
Most Recent Papers
Quantifying spatial patterns of grass response to nutrient additions using empirical and neutral semivariogram models
Erica Smithwick, Douglas Baldwin, K Naithani,
Prescribed fire alters structure and composition of a mid-Atlantic oak forest up to eight years after burning
Cody L. Dems, Alan H. Taylor, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Jesse K. Kreye, Margot W. Kaye, 2021, Fire Ecology
Simulated fire regimes favor oak and pine but affect carbon stocks in mixed oak forests in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Anthony Zhao, Alan H. Taylor, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Margot Kaye, Lucas B. Harris, 2021, Forest Ecology and Management
Landscape-Scale Forest Reorganization Following Insect Invasion and Harvest Under Future Climate Change Scenarios
Stacey K. Olson, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Melissa S. Lucash, Robert M. Scheller, Robert E. Nicholas, Kelsey L. Ruckert, Christopher M. Caldwell, 2021, Ecosystems
Hunter and Non-Hunter Perceptions of Costs, Benefits, and Likelihood of Outcomes of Prescribed Fire in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Zachary D. Miller, Hong Wu, Katherine Zipp, Cody L. Dems, Erica Smithwick, Margot Kaye, Peter Newman, Anthony Zhao, Alan Taylor, 2020, Society and Natural Resources on p. 1321-1327
Robust paths to net greenhouse gas mitigation and negative emissions via advanced biofuels
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
Seed source pattern and terrain have scale-dependent effects on post-fire tree recovery
Jamie L. Peeler, Erica A.H. Smithwick, 2020, Landscape Ecology on p. 1945-1959
Patch-scale selection patterns of grazing herbivores in the central basalt plains of Kruger National Park
Cyanne Young, Hervé Fritz, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Jan A. Venter, 2020, African Journal of Range and Forage Science on p. 199-213
Conceptual links between landscape diversity and diet diversity
Sarah E. Gergel, Bronwen Powell, Frédéric Baudron, Sylvia L.R. Wood, Jeanine M. Rhemtulla, Gina Kennedy, Laura V. Rasmussen, Amy Ickowitz, Matthew E. Fagan, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Jessica Ranieri, Stephen A. Wood, Jeroen C.J. Groot, Terry C.H. Sunderland, 2020, BioScience on p. 563-575
The landscape-scale drivers of herbivore assemblage distribution on the central basalt plains of Kruger National Park
Cyanne Young, Hervé Fritz, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Jan A. Venter, 2020, Journal of Tropical Ecology on p. 13-28
Continued warming could transform greater yellowstone fire regimes by mid-21st century
Anthony L. Westerling, Monica G. Turner, Erica A.H. Smithwick, William H. Romme, Michael G. Ryan, 2011, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 13165-13170
Predicting fine root lifespan from plant functional traits in temperate trees
M. Luke Mccormack, Thomas Adams, Erica A H. Smithwick, David Eissenstat, 2012, New Phytologist on p. 823-831
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
Improving the representation of roots in terrestrial models
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
Regional scale patterns of fine root lifespan and turnover under current and future climate
M. Luke McCormack, David M. Eissenstat, Anantha M. Prasad, Erica A.H. Smithwick, 2013, Global Change Biology on p. 1697-1708
Root stress and nitrogen deposition
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
Reconstructing disturbances and their biogeochemical consequences over multiple timescales
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
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
Predicting root zone soil moisture with soil properties and satellite near-surface moisture data across the conterminous United States
D. Baldwin, S. Manfreda, K. Keller, E. A.H. Smithwick, 2017, Journal of Hydrology on p. 393-404
News Articles Featuring Erica Smithwick
Jul 13, 2021
Macalady named Ecology Institute director
Microbe expert Jennifer Macalady replaces outgoing director Erica Smithwick, who oversaw the research unit for the past five years.
Aug 25, 2020
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.
Jul 15, 2020
Ecology Institute announces grant recipients
The Ecology Institute has awarded 11 proposals from across the University as part of its Flower Grant program, including five projects submitted by faculty at Commonwealth Campuses.
Jun 05, 2020
The Penn State Ecology Community is Committed to Combatting Racism and Injustice
The leadership of the Penn State Ecology community wishes to express solidarity with marginalized members of our society, and has prepared the following statement of support to all those who struggle against systemic injustices. We can and must do better.
Apr 01, 2020
Proposals being accepted for ecology research funding
The Ecology Institute announced a call for proposals for its Flower Grant program. The funds aim to support ecology research focused across the institute’s five core themes: resilience and adaptation; provision of ecosystem goods and services; ecology at the interface; rapid evolutionary change; and ecological foundations.
Jun 19, 2019
South African forests show pathways to a sustainable future
Native forests make up one percent of the landscape in South Africa but could play a key role in reducing atmospheric carbon and identifying sustainable development practices that can be used globally to counter climate change, according to a Penn State researcher.