Wally Smith

Walter H.

Associate Professor of Biology

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


  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, 2017
  • Southwest Virginia Technology Council High Tech Green Innovation Award, 2015
  • Outstanding Watershed Educator Award, Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, 2014

Selected Publications

Smith, W.H. and C.Z. Mullins. 2021. Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Assisted Detection of Rock Outcrops in Appalachian Hardwood Forests. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 13(1):1-12.

Smith, W.H. 2021. Remote Detection of Disturbance from Motorized Vehicle Use in Appalachian Wetlands. Virginia Journal of Science. 72(3):1-20.

Smith, W.H., J.A. Wooten, C.D. Camp, D.J. Stevenson, J.B. Jensen, M. Turner, and N.R. Alexander. 2018. Genetic divergence correlates with the contemporary landscape in populations of Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus species complex) across the lower Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 96(11):1244-1254.

Smith, W.H., S.L. Slemp, C.D. Stanley, M.N. Blackburn, and J. Wayland. 2017. Rock crevice morphology and forest contexts drive microhabitat preferences in the Green Salamander (Aneides aeneus). Canadian Journal of Zoology. 95(5):353-358.

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