Liz Smith

Dr. Liz Smith - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

Dr. Liz Smith is a native Texan, and the rich, coastal environment has been an intimate part of her life. With age, the uncomfortable realization that the coastal landscape was changing became an ever present thought. Native habitats are shrinking and becoming fragmented as well as limited in productivity and abundance. Yet, newcomers see it as unspoiled, fresh and tantalizing; coastal populations encompass over 1/3 of Texas inhabitants and tourism is an important economic venue. Dr. Smith’s career and life path have focused on finding ways to balance increasing human population numbers and their need for land and water while maintaining a sustainable coastal ecosystem. As a coastal ecosystem ecologist, her career has been an interactive journey with other scientists, resource managers, and conservationists. Through her photography and art, she has also endeavored to convey the beauty of the coastal native diversity and increase awareness of the delicate web of life in the Texas Coastal Bend. The fortuitous connection with the International Crane Foundation as their Whooping Crane Conservation Biologist in coastal Texas has provided the opportunity to focus 100% of her efforts on finding viable alternatives that will maintain the systems integrity of our coastal environment for cranes and people.

TOPIC: “Wild Whooping Cranes: What Do They Need From Us?”

SESSION: Friday, February 21 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: The University of Texas Marine Science Institute