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About James F. Smith

Dr. James F. Smith joined the faculty of Boise State University in 1992, and is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Snake River Plains Herbarium. The Herbarium collection focuses primarily on plants of southwest Idaho, with plants continually added from throughout Idaho and the surrounding states. The collection grows through the collection work of faculty and students as well as an active exchange program.
Dr. Smith's research interests include the Evolution of Floral Symmetry in Gesneriaceae, Phylogenetics of Tribe Episcieae (Gesneriaceae), Phylogenetics within Columnea (Gesneriaceae), and Phylogenetics of Piperaceae.


Present Director, Boise State University Snake River Plains Herbarium
Present Professor, Boise State University Department of Biological Sciences

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Honors and Awards

  • 2010-2012 Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2005 Top Ten Scholar Honored Faculty Member, Boise State University
  • 1998 College of Arts and Sciences Award, Distinguished Research in Math and Science, Boise State University


  • BOT 305 Systematic Botany
  • BIOL 401 Organic Evolution
  • BIOL 517 Species and Speciation
  • BIOL 597 Special Topics: Population Genetics
  • BIOL 597 Special Topics: Introduction to Bioinformatics

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