The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, the nation's premier post doctoral program in conservation biology, seeks to find solutions to the most pressing conservation challenges in the United States. The Smith Fellows program was established in 1998 by the late Dr. David H. Smith, founder of the Cedar Tree Foundation. Each Fellow’s research is conducted in partnership with a major academic institution and an “on the ground” conservation organization, to help bridge the gap between theory and application. The Fellowship program is a collaboration of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Cedar Tree Foundation.
Program Executive Director, Dr. Michael Dombeck says, “The Smith Fellowship enables young scientists to improve and expand their research skills and direct their research efforts toward problems of pressing conservation concern.” While the Fellows' research projects focus on urgent conservation issues, they also learn first hand about the challenges and rewards of conservation applications. The program's focus is to enlarge their professional opportunities and ensure future success by helping them build relationships in the conservation and research communities and by providing opportunities for professional development through targeted workshops and training events.
The late Dr. David H. Smith, founder of the Cedar Tree Foundation, was a pediatrician, inventor and conservationist. He established the Smith Fellowship in 1998. In 2005 the Fellowship was broadened to include the broader conservation community and is now administered by the Society for Conservation Biology. The Smith Fellowship seeks to identify and support early-career scientists who will shape the growth of applied conservation biology.
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