NHMRC Partnership Center for Health System Sustainability
Dr Smith is a researcher who is interested in the welfare of animals and people. She has worked on animal behaviour and communication as well as on human neuroscience. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. As an undergraduate, she studied how neotropical bats use ultrasonic signals for individual recognition. For her Master of Science degree from George Mason University, she examined the function of ‘yodelling’ in a North American diving bird. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from Macquarie University, where her thesis on multimodal signalling in fowl earned the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation. In conjunction with her collaborator, Chris Evans, she received the 2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Scientific Research that Contributes to Animal Protection.