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Stan Smith

Associate Vice President for Research
Director of Research Infrastructure
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Office: SEB 2101
Phone: 702-895-3197
Fax: 702-774-4733


Dr. Stan Smith has served as Associated Vice President for Research since 2007. In that role, he leads several university units that provide specialized services to university researchers in the areas of research compliance and support. In 2013 he assumed additional duties as Director of Research Infrastructure, specifically oversight of UNLV’s interdisciplinary research buildings (SEB and HRC). As a faculty member, Stan is a Professor of Life Sciences, specializing in desert ecology and the effects of global change on desert ecosystems. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New Mexico State University and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, two years as an assistant professor at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, and a visiting fellowship at the Australian National University in Canberra, he joined the UNLV faculty in 1986. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, brought major research grants to UNLV from the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, and has received UNLV’s two highest research awards – the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award (2003) and the Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award (2006). During the 2000’s he was also an Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.


Desert Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Global Change

Selected Publications

Stan's Publications