Dr. Goldsmith is an assistant professor of biological sciences and the director of the Grand Challenges Initiative. His research interests are focused on understanding the implications of climate change for tropical forest function, particularly with respect to water and carbon cycling. His research uses observational and experimental approaches from plant physiological, community and ecosystem ecology, as well as stable isotope biogeochemistry. Goldsmith is also deeply involved in research focused on assessing how mobile technology can be used to provide effective informal science learning experiences. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow in the Ecosystem Fluxes Research Group at the Paul Scherrer Institute and a postdoctoral research associate in the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Goldsmith is an Explorer of the National Geographic Society.
Dr. Goldsmith’s research interests are focused on understanding the implications of climate change for tropical forest function, particularly with respect to water and carbon cycling. His research uses observational and experimental approaches from plant physiological, community and ecosystem ecology, as well as stable isotope biogeochemistry. Goldsmith also has a longstanding interest in implementing and assessing innovative approaches to engaging broader audiences in science through educational technology.
plant ecophysiology, climate change, tropical forests, ecosystem ecology, ecohydrology, science engagement, educational technology
Malhi, Y., C.A.J. Girardin, G.R. Goldsmith, C.E. Doughty, N. Salinas, D.B. Metcalfe, W. Huaraca Huasco, J.E. Silva-Espejo, J. del Aguilla-Pasquell, F.F. Amezquita, L.E.O.C. Aragao, R. Guerrieri, F. Yoko Ishida, N. Bahar, W. Farfan-Rios, O.L. Phillips, P. Meir & M. Silman. In Press The variation of productivity and its allocation along a tropical elevation gradient: a whole carbon budget perspective. New Phytologist DOI: 10.1111/nph.14189
Goldsmith, G.R., L.P. Bentley, A. Shenkin, N. Salinas-Revilla, B. Blonder, R.E. Martin, R. Castro-Ccossco, P. Chambi-Porroa, S. Diaz, B.J. Enquist, G.P. Asner, & Y. Malhi. In Press Variation in leaf wettability traits along a tropical montane elevation gradient. New Phytologist DOI: 10.1111/nph.14121
Gotsch, S.G., H. Asbjornsen, & G.R. Goldsmith. 2016. The plant water and carbon fluxes of tropical montane cloud forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 32: 404-420.
deVries, M.S., B.C. Stock, J.H. Christy, G.R. Goldsmith & T.E. Dawson. 2016. Specialized morphology corresponds to a generalist diet: linking form and function in smashing mantis shrimp crustaceans. Oecologia 182: 429-442.
Feakins, S.J., L.P. Bentley, N. Salinas, A. Shenkin, B. Blonder, G.R. Goldsmith, C. Ponton, L.J. Arvin, M. Sin Wu, T. Peters, A.J. West, R.E. Martin, B.J. Enquist, G.P. Asner, & Y. Malhi. 2016. Plant leaf wax biomarkers capture gradients in hydrogen isotopes of precipitation from the Andes and Amazon. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 182: 155-172.
Goldsmith, G.R. 2016. If a tree falls in the forest... Science 351: 822.
Goldsmith, G.R., N. Morueta-Holme, B. Sandel, E.D. Fitz, S.D. Fitz, B. Boyle, N. Casler, K. Engemann, P.M. Jørgensen, N.J.B. Kraft, B. McGill, R.K. Peet, W.H. Piel, N. Spencer, J.-C. Svenning, B.M. Thiers, C. Violle, S.K. Wiser & B.J. Enquist. 2016. Plant-O-Matic: A dynamic and mobile guide to all plants of the Americas. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 7:960-965. (PDF)
Harvey, M.S., P.C. Lopes, G.R. Goldsmith, A. Halajian, M.J. Hillyer & J.A. Huey. 2015. A novel symbiotic relationship between sociable weaver birds (Philetairus socius) and a new cheliferid pseudoscorpion (Pseudoscorpiones : Cheliferidae) in southern Africa. Invertebrate Systematics 29: 444-456.
Goldsmith, G.R. 2015. The field guide, rebooted. Science 349: 594.
Malhi, Y. C.E. Doughty, G.R. Goldsmith, D.B. Metcalfe, C.A.J. Girardin, T.R. Marthews, J. del Aguila-Pasquel, L.E.O.C. Aragão, A. Araujo-Murakami, P. Brando, A.C.L. da Costa, J.E. Silva-Espejo, F.F. Amézquita, D.R. Galbraith, C.A. Quesada, W. Rocha, N. Salinas-Revilla, D. Silvério, P. Meir & O.L. Phillips. 2015. The linkages between photosynthesis, productivity, growth and biomass in lowland Amazonian forests. Global Change Biology 21: 2283 - 2295.