Samantha Smith

Position and Affiliation

Wildlife Biologist, University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Areas of Interest

Movement ecology, Spatial ecology, Wildlife ecology and conservation, Herpetology, Human-wildlife conflict


M.Sc. Environmental Biology, Suranaree University of Technology, 2020

B.Sc in Animal Behavior, University of New England, 2017

Project Involvement

Samantha is currently involved in researching and removing nonnative herpetofauna in the Everglades ecosystem. She currently assists in the investigation of the invasion ecology of Argentine black and white tegus, as well as conducting herpetofaunal surveys throughout Southern Florida as part of the Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program (EIRAMP). Samantha is also involved with field work associated with American alligator and American crocodile monitoring projects.


Jones, M., Marshall, B., Smith, S., Crane, M., Silva, I., Artchawakom, T., Suwanwaree, P., Waengsothorn, S., W├╝ster, W., Goode, M. & Strine, C. (2022) How do King Cobras move across a major highway? Unintentional wildlife crossing structures may facilitate movement. Ecology and Evolution, 12(3): e8691.

Smith, S. N., Jones, M. D., Marshall, B. M., Waengsothorn, S., Gale, G. A. & Strine, C. T. (2021). Native Burmese pythons exhibit site fidelity and preference for aquatic habitats in an agricultural mosaic. Scientific Reports, 11(7014): 0.1038/s41598-021- 86640-1

Jones, M. D., Marshall, B. M., Smith. S. N., Christie, J., Waengsothorn, S., Artchawakom, T., Suwanwaree, P. & Strine, C. T. (2020). Can post-capture photographic identification as a wildlife marking technique be undermined by observer error? A case study using king cobras in northeast Thailand. PLoS ONE, 15(2): e0242826.

Jones, M. D. & Smith, S. N. (2017). Predation and Feeding Behaviour of Varanus salvator macromaculatus on the Asian swamp eel (Fluta alba) in Lumpini Park, Bangkok, Thailand. Captive and Field Herpetology, 1(1): 1-5