Brian Smithers

MS, Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia, 2003
B.A., Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, 1999
B.S., Biology, Loyola Marymount University, 1999

Research Interests

  • I am interested in how tree communities assemble at and above treeline using climate change as a human-timescale proxy for changing environmental conditions. My work focuses on the “sky island” Basin and Range Mountains of the North American west such as the White Mountains in California where I study the population dynamics of single-leaf pinyon pine, limber pine, and Great Basin bristlecone pine, some of which are the oldest individual living organisms on earth. I am also very involved with the California GLORIA project, an international effort to study the long-term changes in mountaintop alpine plant communities.

Area of Emphasis

  • Integrative Ecology

Major Professor

  • Malcolm North

Current Degree

  • PhD


  • Plant Sciences