Dr. Tyler W. Smith
I am a botanist with a background in systematics, ecology, and conservation biology. My research at AAFC focuses on the diversity of uncultivated plants in agricultural ecosystems, including crop wild relatives, weeds and invasive species.
Current research and/or projects
Modeling IAS risk under climate change 2019-2021
Assessing the range potential of Invasive Alien Species (Dog-strangling Vine) and associated herbivores under climate change with geospatial models of biological collections data
Supporting Makkovimiut food systems 2021-2025
Identifying key factors contributing to yield variability, assess pollinator communities, and develop locally-relevant semi-cultivated management practices for Rubus chamaemorus (bakeapple) to enhance annual yields.
Systematics of Weeds, Crops, and Crop Wild Relatives 2019-2025
Assessing in situ diversity of important berry crop wild relatives (Vaccinium, Rubus).
Research and/or project statements
My work focuses on the diversity of uncultivated plants in agricultural systems. This includes assessing the current and potential risks posed by weeds and invasive species, and evaluating the genetic and taxonomic diversity of crop wild relatives with the potential to enhance the sustainability and resilience of Canada's agricultural sector.
Professional activities / interests
Board Member of the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) 2016-2019
Board Member of the Canadian Botanical Association 2011-2021
Adjunct Faculty Carleton University 2012-current
Associate Editor Botany 2011-2019, Castanea 2011-current
Chair, AAFC Vascular Plant Herbarium Collection Curatorial Committee 2018-current
Expert Reviewer for the Technical Advisory Group for the Biological Control Agents of Weeds 2018-current
Education and awards
B.Sc (Hons.) Pure and Applied Ecology, University of Guelph, 1996
Ph.D Plant Science (Systematics), McGill University, 2007
International experience and/or work
Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University, 2009-2011
Martin, S.L., Smith, T.W., James, T., Shalabi, F., Kron, P., Sauder, C.A. (2017). An update to the canadian range, abundance, and ploidy of camelina spp. (brassicaceae) east of the Rocky Mountains, 95(4), 405-417. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjb-2016-00702017 - View publication details
Zalapa, J.E., Bougie, T.C., Bougie, T.A., Schlautman, B.J., Wiesman, E., Guzman, A., Fajardo, D.A., Steffan, S., Smith, T. (2015). Clonal diversity and genetic differentiation revealed by SSR markers in wild Vaccinium macrocarpon and Vaccinium oxycoccos, 166(2), 196-207. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aab.121732015 - View publication details
Lundholm, J., Heim, A., Tran, S., Smith, T. (2014). Leaf and life history traits predict plant growth in a green roof ecosystem, 9(6), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.01013952014 - View publication details
Smith, T.W., Lundholm, J.T. (2012). Environmental geometry and heterogeneity-diversity relationships in spatially explicit simulated communities, 23(4), 732-744. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01380.x2012 - View publication details
Canadian Botanical Association
Southern Applachian Botanical Association
Botanical Society of America