International Crane Foundation


Dr. Liz Smith, Whooping Crane Conservation Biologist

Conserving Whooping Crane Habitat

Liz received her formal academic training at Corpus Christi State University (B.S., M.S.) and Texas A&M University (Ph.D.).  For 16 years, she was employed as a Research Scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  She recently joined the International Crane Foundation (ICF) as the Whooping Crane Conservation Biologist in Texas.  Liz continues to expand her research on sea-level rise and storm surge effects on coastal habitat change, and promoting community advocacy for conservation planning and coastal protection.  These efforts are being undertaken with the specific goal of ensuring quality wintering habitat for the Whooping Crane as its’ populations continue to increase.

Most of Liz’s career has been focused on coastal Texas, and she has been nationally recognized in receiving the Coastal America Partnership Award for Restoration at Bahia Grande and Protection at Shamrock Island, EPA Award for Environmental Excellence in Wetlands, as well as regionally recognized in receiving the Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Award for Higher Education and Pathways to Success in Science Programs.

Learn more about our work in the Guadalupe River basin in Texas

Risk to Cranes in Texas Raise Profile of Wisconsin Program, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (1/21/12)

 Listen to Liz comment on current Whooping Crane conservation efforts in Texas on WORT radio, Madison, Wis.