Richard G. Smith

Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-2724
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 264, Durham, NH 03824


  • Ph.D., Plant Biology; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior, Michigan State University
  • B.S., Biology, University of New Mexico

Research Interests

  • Agricultural Management
  • Agriculture Conservation
  • Agronomy
  • Climate Change
  • Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases, & Weeds)
  • Crops and Pastures
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystems
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Invasive Species
  • Organic Farming
  • Pest Management
  • Plant Sciences

Courses Taught

  • NR 909: Analysis of Ecological Data
  • SAFS 502: Agroecology
  • SAFS 600: Field Experience

Selected Publications

Williams, A., Jordan, N. R., Smith, R. G., Hunter, M. C., Kammerer, M., Kane, D. A., . . . Davis, A. S. (2018). A regionally-adapted implementation of conservation agriculture delivers rapid improvements to soil properties associated with crop yield stability. Scientific Reports, 8(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-26896-2

Whalen, E. D., Smith, R. G., Grandy, A. S., & Frey, S. D. (2018). Manganese limitation as a mechanism for reduced decomposition in soils under atmospheric nitrogen deposition. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 127, 252-263. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.09.025

Atwood, L. W., Mortensen, D. A., Koide, R. T., & Smith, R. G. (2018). Evidence for multi-trophic effects of pesticide seed treatments on non-targeted soil fauna. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 125, 144-155. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.07.007

Jilling, A., Keiluweit, M., Contosta, A. R., Frey, S., Schimel, J., Schnecker, J., . . . Grandy, A. S. (2018). Minerals in the rhizosphere: overlooked mediators of soil nitrogen availability to plants and microbes. Biogeochemistry, 139(2), 103-122. doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0459-5

Smith, R. G., Birthisel, S. K., Bosworth, S. C., Brown, B., Davis, T. M., Gallandt, E. R., . . . Warren, N. D. (2018). Environmental Correlates with Germinable Weed Seedbanks on Organic Farms across Northern New England. Weed Science, 66(01), 78-93. doi:10.1017/wsc.2017.40

Smith, R. G., Atwood, L. W., & Warren, N. D. (2014). Increased Productivity of a Cover Crop Mixture Is Not Associated with Enhanced Agroecosystem Services. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e97351. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097351

Mortensen, D. A., Egan, J. F., Maxwell, B. D., Ryan, M. R., & Smith, R. G. (2012). Navigating a Critical Juncture for Sustainable Weed Management. BioScience, 62(1), 75-84. doi:10.1525/bio.2012.62.1.12

SMITH, R., MCSWINEY, C., GRANDY, A., SUWANWAREE, P., SNIDER, R., & ROBERTSON, G. (2008). Diversity and abundance of earthworms across an agricultural land-use intensity gradient. Soil and Tillage Research, 100(1-2), 83-88. doi:10.1016/j.still.2008.04.009

Smith, R. G., Gross, K. L., & Robertson, G. P. (2008). Effects of Crop Diversity on Agroecosystem Function: Crop Yield Response. Ecosystems, 11(3), 355-366. doi:10.1007/s10021-008-9124-5

Smith, R. G., Menalled, F. D., & Robertson, G. P. (2007). Temporal Yield Variability under Conventional and Alternative Management Systems. Agronomy Journal, 99(6), 1629. doi:10.2134/agronj2007.0096

Most Cited Publications