Agricultural Research Technician
Harrison Smith is a data scientist who specializes in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing to study issues in sustainable food systems and biodiversity conservation. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Arkansas in 2016, with particular emphasis on ecology, conservation, and Spanish language. In 2019, he graduated with a Master of Science from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, where he completed a thesis using satellite sensors to map cropped area in the Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains of India. Since then, he has worked as a research associate at the University of Michigan and a Program Specialist at the University of Arkansas on projects related to sustainable agriculture. Harrison is broadly interested in the intersection of climate change, sustainable agriculture, conservation ecology, and environmental justice. Currently he is working with Drs. Amanda Ashworth and Phillip Owens on various projects, including monitoring post-mining land reclamation efforts at the Tar Creek superfund site, and applications of Ground Penetrating Radar for soil characterization in an experimental agroforestry plot.