Sarah B. Smith


I study how environmental change influences animal behavior and population dynamics, and most of my work has been with birds in urban environments. Working in cities meant that I often had to communicate about science with the general public, and this sparked my interest in learning more effective ways to speak and write about my work. I believe that essentially the same writing principles apply regardless of discipline, and I hope to help my students develop the tools necessary to express their ideas clearly and to develop their arguments effectively. My first-year writing courses all focus on using our observations – of texts, films, and even the natural world – to inform meaningful questions for research and academic writing.

Environmental Studies
Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
Ph.D. Portland State University, 2008
M.S. Washington State University, 2003
B.S. Bates College, 1998