Ph.D., Cornell Univ. (1993)
B.A., Williams College (1985)
As a chemical ecologist Scott Smedley, along with his research students at Trinity, investigates how insects use chemicals to thwart their predators. Additionally, they study the ecology of scavenging birds and mammals, examining how residential composting affects their behavior. In support of this, working with IT colleagues at Trinity, Smedley has developed on-line citizen science tools to engage the public in this research. He has over 30 publications, including a number coauthored with Trinity undergraduates. Their research has been covered by such popular sources as The New York Times and National Public Radio. Smedley’s teaching focuses on ecology and invertebrate zoology. His courses, ranging from first-year seminars to advanced biology classes, all benefit from a strong field component. Through field work, his students, biology majors and non-majors alike, learn to become explorers of the natural world.