May 27, 2022
Sandy M. Smith is a Professor in the Institute of Forestry and Conservation in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She is currently the Director of Forestry Programs in the Faculty of Forestry and the founding Coordinator of the Faculty of Forestry’s professional Master of Forest Conservation program at the University of Toronto. She has served as Dean of the Faculty of Forestry (2010 to 2012), and in numerous administrative roles within the university. She is cross appointed to the School of the Environment, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences within the University of Toronto, as well as environmental departments at the Universities of Waterloo, Guelph, and Algoma. She specializes in forest health, invasive species, and urban forestry, specifically using natural controls to manage invasive species, with research focused on biological control of forest insect, invertebrate and plant pests. She has published over 150 papers and reports, served as guest editor and reviewer for numerous refereed journals, NSERC panels, and on scientific panels for managing invasive insects such as the Asian Long-Horned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. Dr. Smith is best known for her contributions augmenting native natural enemies for biological control in forested systems, widely cited work still definitive in the field, however, her current research explores hypotheses around displacement of native species to better understand our ability to manage the invasion process in forest ecosystems. Her specific interests are in the population and community ecology of natural enemies following the introduction of exotics or disturbance.
Dr. Smith is a dedicated teacher and supervisor and has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, outstanding entomological contributions in Canada, and leadership in Ontario federal science and sustainable development. She is currently a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Past President of the Entomological Societies of Canada and Ontario, a Strategic Advisor to LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and serves on the Boards of Tree Canada, Ontario Forestry Futures Trust, and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.