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Ecosystem Science and Management

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Michael Smith
  • Contact Information:
    Ag C 2027
    Phone: (307) 766-2337
    Faxe: (307) 766-6403

Michael A. Smith


  • B.S. - 1967  Texas Tech University: Range Management
  • M.S. - 1972  Texas Tech University: Range Management
  • PhD. - 1977  Utah State University: Range Science

Teaching Assignment

  • Advising undergraduate and graduate students
  • Graduate Faculty, University of Wyoming 


Water quality, livestock and vegetation management in sagebrush ecosystems.


Range Management, Improvements, and Monitoring; Sustainable livestock production systems; Sustainable Ag (SARE-PDP) program manager


  • Society for Range Management Achievement Award presented Feb. 1993.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, USDA Forest Service, Bighorn National Forest staff and the Grazing Permittees Association, 1996
  • Range Stewardship Award, USDA Forest Service Wyoming Range Service Team, 1996
  • Society for Range Management Fellow Award presented Feb 2010

Recent Publications

Derner, J. D., R. H. Hart, M. A. Smith, and J. W. Waggoner, Jr. 2008. Long term cattle gain responses to stocking rate and grazing systems in northern mixed prairie. Livestock Science. 117:60-69.

Bastian, C., Padmaja Ponnamaneni, Siân Mooney, John P. Ritten, W. Marshall Frasier, Steven I. Paisley, Michael A. Smith, Wendy J. Umberger.2009. Range Livestock Strategies Given Extended Drought and Different Price Cycles. Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers . P. 168-177.

Meiman, P. J., M. S. Thorne, Q. D. Skinner, M. A. Smith, and J. L. Dodd. 2009. Wild ungulate herbivory of willow on two national forest allotments in Wyoming. Rangeland Ecology and Management 62:460-469.

Ritten, John P., W. Marshall Frasier, Christopher T. Bastian, Steven I. Paisley, Michael A. Smith, Siân Mooney. 2010. A Multi-period Analysis of Two Common Livestock Management Strategies Given Fluctuating Precipitation and Variable Prices. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 42:177-191.

Smith, M. A. and K. Chichester. 2008. How to plan stocking rates for the grazing season. Wyoming Livestock Roundup. 19(46):8.

Smith, Michael and Merl Raisbeck.. 2009. Researchers update water quality guidelines for Wyoming livestock and wildlife. Reflections. University of Wyoming College of Agriculture. P.56-58.

Waggoner, J. And M. Smith. 2010 Fall. Late calving makes best use of forage for cows, takes advantage of nature. Barnyards and Backyards. Univ. Wyoming Cooperative Extension service.6(4):p.5-6.

Smith, M. A. 2010.Sage grouse habitat: grazing in Wyoming. Reflections. Wyoming Cooperative Extension service. p.28-29.

Mealor, R. and M. Smith. 2011. When moisture really counts. Wyoming Livestock Roundup. 22(45):6. (26 March 2011)

Raisbeck, M. F.1, B. Wise1, J. Zygmunt2, M. Smith3 and C. Tate. 2011. Water Quality Criteria for Wyoming Livestock and Wildlife Final Report to Wyoming water research center. UWYO Dept of Veterinary Science.

Extension Publications

B-1203 - Grazing Influence, Management and Objective Development in Wyoming's Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat

B-1205 - Managing your ranch during drought: Implications from long- and short-run analyses.

B-1206 - Plant species available for revegetation/restoration.

MP-111.02 - Monitoring: A Tool for Effective Rangeland Management

MP-111.03 - Flexible Grazing and Livestock Management Systems for Good and Bad Times

MP-111.08 - Cheatgrass Ecology and Management in Wyoming

MP-111.09 - Recognizing and Responding to Drought on Rangelands

MP-111.10 - Robel pole technique and data interpretation

MP-111.11 - Prickly pear cactus, ecology and management

MP-111.12 - Calving date considerations

MP-111.13 - Larkspur: Managing grazing to avoid poisoning cattle

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