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T. Scott Smeltz


I am originally from Pennsylvania, but now live in Alaska. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Penn State University in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science at Alaska Pacific University in 2013. My graduate work focused on terrestrial ecology, specifically how climate change is driving vegetation changes in Alaska. After completing my Master’s degree, I shifted focus to the marine world. My current work as a PhD student at Cornell is developing geospatial models to help fisheries managers assess impacts to marine habitats from commercial fishing and use these tools to consider policy tradeoffs between marine spatial closures and fishing gear modifications.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 54

Presentations: 109


Contact Information

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute