The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Rose Smith, Ph.D

Dr. Rose Smith, Ph.D

Dr. Rose Smith is an ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist, currently teaching Urban Ecology. Rose is interested in the interaction between people and the environment, especially related to urban water and nutrient cycling. She studies the drivers of and potential solutions to water-related challenges that communities face – from drought to toxic algal blooms and other water-quality related public health risks. Rose’s work addresses questions about the biophysical environments that emerge as communities grow and adapt to changing resources. Current projects locally involve experimental manipulations of stormwater management structures on campus, research on water use by urban plants, and investigations into nutrient sources and cycling in the Jordan River watershed.