Texas Tech University

Nick Smith

Assistant Professor

Email: nick.smith@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-7363

  • Postodoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (2016-2017)
  • Ph.D. Biology, Purdue University (2016)
  • B.S. Biology, Purdue University (2010)


Dr. Nick Smith

Research Interests

I study the interaction between terrestrial plants and the global climate system. I am particularly interested in how plants respond to environmental conditions and how these responses affect projections of global environmental change moving forward. Some of the questions we are trying to answer include:

  • How do plants acclimate to long-term changes in environmental conditions, including temperature, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, and drought?
  • How much carbon dioxide will plants take up from the atmosphere in the future and how does this affect climate projections?
  • How do human land management decisions, particularly within agricultural systems, influence future climate projections?

My lab uses a combination of plant physiological and ecological studies alongside computer simulations to answer these questions. For more information, visit www.smithecophyslab.com.

Selected Publications

  • Smith, NG and JS Dukes (In press). Short-term acclimation to warmer temperatures increases leaf carbon exchange processes across plant types. Global Change Biology.
  • Smith, NG (In press). Plant respiration responses to elevated CO2: an overview from cellular processes to global impacts. Contribution to Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration special volume on plant respiration. Series editors: T. Sharkey and Govindjee. Volume editors: G. Tcherkez and J. Ghashghaie. New York: Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
  • Smith, NG, DL Lombardozzi, A Tawfik, GB Bonan, and JS Dukes (2017). Biophysical consequences of photosynthetic temperature acclimation for climate. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) 9(1): 536-547.
  • Smith, NG, SL Malyshev, EN Shevliakova, J Kattge, and JS Dukes (2016). Foliar temperature acclimation reduces simulated carbon sensitivity to climate. Nature Climate Change 6(4): 407-411.
  • Smith, NG, MJ Schuster, and JS Dukes (2016). Rainfall variability and nitrogen addition synergistically reduce plant diversity in a restored tallgrass prairie. Journal of Applied Ecology 53(2): 579-586.
  • Smith, NG, GP Pold, CE Goranson, and JS Dukes (2016). Characterizing the drivers of seedling leaf gas exchange responses to warming and altered precipitation: indirect and direct effects. AoB Plants 8: plw066.
  • Smith, NG, VL Rodgers, ER Brzostek, A Kulmatiski, ML Avolio, DL Hoover, SE Koerner, K Grant, A Jentsch, S Fatichi, and D Niyogi (2014). Towards a better integration of biological data from precipitation manipulation experiments into land surface models. Reviews of Geophysics, 52(3): 412-434.
  • Smith, NG, and JS Dukes (2013). Plant respiration and photosynthesis in global scale models: incorporating acclimation to temperature and CO2. Global Change Biology, 19(1), 45-63.
  • For a full, updated list of publications, please visit www.smithecophyslab.com/publications

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