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Stan Smith

Associate Vice President for Research
Director of Research Infrastructure
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Office: SEB 2101
Mail Code: 4022
Phone: 702-895-3197
Fax: 702-774-4733


Dr. Stan Smith has served as the Associate Vice President for Research since 2007. In that role, he coordinates several university units that provide specialized services to university researchers in the areas of research compliance and support. This includes Research Integrity (IRB’s, Animal Care and Use, Safety Committees), Sponsored Programs (Grants administration), and Research Infrastructure (interdisciplinary research buildings and core facilities). He is also the VPRED’s point person for campus space planning, particularly research space. 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 that have collectively been cited over 7,000 times (Google Scholar; H-Index = 47), 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.


Research Administration, Desert Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Global Change