William Smith Jr

( University of Nevada, Las Vegas )


(702) 895-4439
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Departments: Anthropology
  • Disciplines: Anthropology, Social Sciences
  • Location:Clark County
  • Funding:NSF - National Science Foundation, USFS - U.S. Forest Service, USGS - U.S. Geological Survey


Dr. Smith’s academic career has been built on the integration of environmental science, conservation, development studies, appropriate technology, political ecology, environmental sociology, hazards, geographic, and cross-cultural research. His work has made an impact at the nature-society-sustainability nexus. Recently he has been funded and published in the subareas of climate change, tribal and NGO capacity building, small-island biodiversity, and water.

Expert areas:  Appropriate technology, biodiversity, climate change, coral reef conservation, development, environmental justice, community-based participatory methods, conservation methods and philosophy, drinking water, environmental sociology, GIS/GPS/remote sensing (especially participatory), geographic analysis, hazards, Native Americans, North-South relations, Philippines, political ecology, political economy of the environment, Micronesia, small islands, third-world development, and watershed management.