Teacher-Scholar Legacies: Bill Smith

Dr. Smith and research truck

The WFU Department of Biology is proud to celebrate the career and extraordinary service to Wake Forest of Professor William K. Smith on the occasion of his retirement. Congratulations, Bill!

Dr. Smith has published 243 peer-reviewed papers! This large body of work has shed light on the adaptive strategies employed by plants in response to changing environmental conditions, informing conservation efforts and representing a significant contribution to our understanding of the intricate mechanisms governing plant responses to environmental stimuli. A familiar sight behind Winston Hall, Bill’s research truck served as a signal of the end of the field season. His dedication to fieldwork and hands-on research has inspired generations of students. Of note, Dr. Smith has trained 40 graduate students, many of whom are now faculty at many different institutions.Dr. Erik C. Johnson, Chair and Professor of Biology

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