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Liz Smith

Dr. Liz Smith, North America Program Director, International Crane Foundation

Dr. Liz Smith is a native Texan and received her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Corpus Christi State University and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in the biological sciences. Liz served as a Research Scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi for 17 years, prior to joining the International Crane Foundation in 2011. 

She developed the Texas Whooping Crane Program with the goal to increase our involvement in applied research and stakeholder leadership in Texas and now serves as North America Program Director and Texas Program leader. 

Whooping Cranes rely on large expanses of quality coastal habitat each winter within and around the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The continued protection and efforts by all partners along the Texas coast plays an integral role in the recovery of this federally endangered species.