Georgia Smies

Wildlife and Fisheries Instructor

406 275-4895

Piel Qlawqn Room 129



BS – Biology – Virginia Tech 1989

MS – Zoology – University of Montana 1992

I joined SKC in 2018 and serve as an instructor in the Fisheries and Wildlife Program.  I am passionate about emphasizing traditional ecological knowledge and values in environmental education.  Working at SKC is a dream come true! 

Prior to joining the SKC team, I worked for a variety of agencies including the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes,  University of Montana, National Park Service, EPA, and FEMA.  I have also served as an environmental consultant and elementary, middle school, and high school teacher. In my current role at SKC, I am particularly interested in aquatic ecosystems. My past research has evaluated groundwater and surface water interactions in Glacier Park as well as macroinvertebrate assemblages across river floodplains.  Today I am interested in evaluating how large ungulates can influence macroinvertebrate distributions in stream environments.

I have been married for 25+ years to a wonderful fella and we are the proud parents of one daughter, Elizabeth.  My feet most often carry me onto local trails or find their way into rafts, canoes, and any other vessel that will get me on the water.