Jennifer Smetzer

Lecturer in Psychology and Statistical & Data Sciences

Jenny Smetzer

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Ph.D., M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

B.A., Bard College


Jenny Smetzer is a laboratory instructor jointly appointed in the departments of statistical & data sciences and psychology. She is interested in applied ecological research that uses quantitative methods to help inform biodiversity conservation. Prior to joining Smith College, she worked with the Northeast Climate Science Adaptation Center, the USDA Forest Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Smetzer has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mount Holyoke College and Antioch University.

Selected Publications

Bayesian state-space models reveal unobserved off-shore nocturnal migration from Motus data.

Prolonged stopover and consequences of migratory strategy on local-scale movements within a regional songbird staging area.

A Markov model for planning and permitting offshore wind energy: A case study of radio-tracked terns in the Gulf of Maine, USA.

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System: a collaborative research network to enhance the understanding of wildlife movement.

Fall migratory departure decisions and routes of Blackpoll Warblers Setophaga striata and Red-eyed Vireos Vireo olivaceus at a coastal barrier in the Gulf of Maine.

Management regime influences shrubland birds and habitat conditions in the Northern Appalachians, USA.