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A Long and Narrow Flyway: The Last Wild Whooping Crane Population

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Elizabeth H. Smith, Ph.D.
North America Programs Director @International Crane Foundation
Liz Smith is a native Texan and received her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Corpus Christi State University and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in the biological sciences. Dr. Smith served as a Research Scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi for 17 years, prior to joining the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in 2011. She developed the Texas Whooping Crane Program with the goal to increase our involvement in applied research and stakeholder leadership in Texas and now serves as North America Program Director and Texas Program leader. The Texas coast plays an integral role in the recovery of this federally endangered species, as the Whooping Crane relies on large expanses of quality coastal habitat each winter within an around Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Her research on sea-level rise and storm surge on coastal habitat change is critical to promote community advocacy for conservation planning and protection.