Kurt Smemo is a research scientist at The Holden Arboretum and Kent State University in Northeast Ohio and studies forest ecology and biogeochemistry and the influence of global environmental change on forest health and function. He holds a B.S. in forestry from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in natural resources from Cornell University. He has 10 years of academic publishing experience and regularly writes popular science articles and gives popular lectures on the importance of forests and human alterations of the environment through his outreach program at Holden. Kurt has lived in many places both in the U.S. and abroad, but now enjoys the rural life and outdoor activities in beautiful Northeast Ohio along with his wife Wendy and two young daughters Sophie and Maja.