Walter H. Smith

Walter H. SmithWally Smith

Assistant Professor of Biology

Phone: 276.376.4642
Office: Science 136


  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama
  • B.S. in Biology from Piedmont College

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Processes
  • Biostatistics
  • Advanced Ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Natural History of the Appalachians

Research Interests

  • Ecology and Evolution of Appalachian Herpetofauna
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Citizen Science and Biodiversity Outreach


  • Southwest Virginia Technology Council High Tech Green Award, 2015
  • Harrison Rising Star Award, UVa-Wise, 2014
  • Outstanding Watershed Educator Award, Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, 2014
  • Harrison Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research, 2013

Selected Publications

Blackburn, M.N., J. Wayland, W.H. Smith, J.H. McKenna, M. Harry, M.K. Hamed,
M.J. Gray, and D.L. Miller. 2015. First Report of Ranavirus and
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Green Salamanders (Aneides aeneus) from
Virginia, USA. Herpetological Review. 46(3):357-361.

Fulton, J.N., M. Couch, and W.H. Smith. 2014. New geographic distribution
records for herpetofauna from southwest Virginia, USA. Herpetological Review.

Smith, W.H. 2013. Amphibians and large, infrequent forest disturbances: an
extreme wind event facilitates habitat creation and anuran breeding.
Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 8(3):732-740.

Rissler, L.J. and W.H. Smith. 2010. Mapping amphibian contact zones and
phylogeographic break hotspots across the U.S. Molecular Ecology.