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Steven J. Smith, M.A. ’86, Ph.D. ’91

Posted On - April 17


Alumnus Steven J. Smith is a contributing author to a study published in the April 2017 edition of the scientific journal, Nature. The article titled, “Large historical growth in global terrestrial gross primary production” theorizes that the rate of plant photosynthesis globally has blossomed in the last century.

Smith is a researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research focuses on long-term socioeconomic scenarios and the interface between socioeconomic systems and the climate system. Smith’s research interests include aerosols, non-CO2 greenhouse gases, the carbon cycle, biomass energy, energy technologies and land-use changes. His recent research concerns the role of non-CO2 forcing agents in policy scenarios, including sulfate aerosols, black carbon, and non-CO2 greenhouse gases.

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