Matt C. Smith

Resident Director, Pee Dee REC


Office: 843-662-3526 x259

Pee Dee Research and Education Center

Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, The University of Florida
M.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University
B.S.A.E., Agricultural Engineering, The University of Georgia

Resident Director of the Pee Dee Research and Education Center

Research interest:
Surface and ground water hydrology; water quality; soil health; agricultural sustainability.

Kleinman, P., Saacke Blunk, K., Bryant, R.B., Saporito, L.S., Beegle, D., Czymmek, K., Ketterings, Q., Sims, T., Shortle, J., Mcgrath, J., Coale, F., Dubin, M., Dostie, D., Maguire, R., Meinen, R., Allen, A., O'Neill, K., Garber, L., Davis, M., Clark, B., Sellner, K., Smith, M.C. 2012. Managing manure for sustainable livestock production in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 67:54A-61A. DOI: 10.2489/jswc.67.2.54A.

Cantrell, K.B., Ro, K.S., Szogi, A.A., Vanotti, M.B., Smith, M.C., Hunt, P.G. 2012. Green farming systems for the Southeast USA using manure-to-energy conversion platforms. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy. DOI:10.1063/1.3663846.

H.K. Ahn, M.S. Huda, M.C. Smith, W. Mulbry, W.F. Schmidt, J.B. Reeves III. 2011. Biodegradability of injection molded bioplastic pots containing polylactic acid and poultry feather fiber, Bioresource Technology, Volume 102, Issue 7, April 2011, Pages 4930-4933. (

Smith, M. C., H. Ahn, and J. W. White. 2009. Evaluation of Biogas Produced by Dry Anaerobic Digestion of Switchgrass-Animal Manure Mixtures. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (160)4: Page 965-975.

Smith, M. C., J. W. White, and F. J. Coale. 2009. Evaluation of Phosphorus Source Coefficients as Predictors of Runoff Phosphorus Concentrations. Journal of Environmental Quality 38(Mar-Apr):587-597.

Utley, B. C., G. Vellidis, R. Lowrance, and M. C. Smith. 2008. Factors Affecting Sediment Oxygen Demand Dynamics in Blackwater Streams of Georgia’s Coastal Plain. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 44(3):742-753.

Gattie, D. K., M. C. Smith, E. W. Tollner, and S. C. McCutcheon. 2003. The emergence of ecological engineering as a discipline. Ecological Engineering 20(5)409-420.

Gattie, D. K., S. C. McCutcheon, and M. C. Smith. 2003. Ecological engineering: the state-of-the-art field. Ecological Engineering 20(5)327-330.

Hitchcock, D. R., S. C. McCutcheon, and M. C. Smith. 2003. Using rotifer population demographic parameters to assess impacts of the degradation products from trinitrotoluene phytoremediation. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. (55)143-151. Work from an EPA NNEMS Fellowship. Dr. Hitchcock was Dr. Smith’s graduate student and Dr. McCutcheon was the EPA sponsor. Work was performed in Dr. Smith’s laboratory.

Vellidis, G., M. C. Smith, S. G. Leibowitz, W. Ainslie, and B. A. Pruitt. 2003. Prioritizing Wetland Restoration for Sediment Yield Reduction: A Conceptual Model. Environmental Management. 31(2) 301-312.

Smith, M. C., T. Rasmussen, and D. K. Gattie, 2002. Immersed in hydrology; buried in soils. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education International Meeting, Montreal, Canada. 16-19 June. (Paper #1580). . Paper was peer reviewed and subject to rejection.

Edwards, A. J., M. C. Smith and D. K. Gattie, 2002. Integrating water quality modeling with GIS to determine management strategies: a study of Fort Gordon, Georgia. Journal of Spatial Hydrology Volume 2, number 1. Spring 2002. (Online journal). Ms. Edwards was Dr. Smith’s graduate student.

Das, K. C., M. C. Smith, D. K. Gattie and D. H. Boothe. 2002. Stability and quality of municipal solid waste compost from a landfill aerobic bioreduction process. Advances in Environmental Research 6(4)401-409.

Boothe, D. H., M. C. Smith and D. K. Gattie. 2001. Characterization of microbial populations in landfill leachate and bulk samples during aerobic bioreduction. Advances in Environmental Research. 5(2001)285-294

Perkins, W. S., S. E. Law, M. C. Smith, P. V. Winger, and P. J. Lasier, 2001. Biological Treatability and Environmental Impact of Ozonation of Spent Reactive Dyebaths, Textile Chemist and Colorist. . 1(2):39-43

Smith, M. C., D. K. Gattie, D. D. Hale Boothe, and K. C. Das. 2000. Enhancing aerobic bioreduction under controlled conditions in a municipal solid waste landfill through the use of air injection and water recirculation. Advances in Environmental Research. 3(4)459-471.

Gattie, D. K., and M. C. Smith. 2000. A natural resources engineering degree with areas of emphasis in environmental and ecological engineering. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri. June 2000. Paper was peer reviewed and subject to rejection.

Smith, M. C. and D. K. Gattie. 1999. A multi-disciplinary fifth-year certification program in water resources for biological and agricultural engineering students with a capstone interdisciplinary project course. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC. June 1999. Paper was peer reviewed and subject to rejection.

Michael, J. L., M. C. Smith, W. G. Knisel, D. G. Neary, W. P. Fowler, and D. J. Turton. 1996. Using a hydrological model to determine environmentally safer windows for herbicide application. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science. 26(1/2):288-297.

Vellidis, G., R. Lowrance, and M. C. Smith. 1994. A quantitative approach for measuring N and P concentration changes in surface runoff of a restored riparian forest wetland. Wetlands. 14(2):73-81

Dixon, K. L., M. C. Smith, D. L. Thomas, and W. G. Knisel. 1993. Leaching characteristics of banded and broadcast inorganic tracers. Transactions of the ASAE. 36(6): 1779-17. Mr. Dixon was Dr. Smith’s graduate student.

Vellidis, G., M. C. Smith, R. L. Lowrance and R. K. Hubbard. 1993. Methods to assess the water quality impacts of a restored riparian wetland. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 48(3): 223-230.

Kvien, C. K., J. E. Hook, S. J. Thomson, and M. C. Smith. 1993. An inexpensive thermocouple multiplexing device. Agronomy Journal 85:773-776.

Ghate, S. R., G. J. Burtle, and M. C. Smith. 1993. Water quality in catfish ponds subjected to high stocking density selective harvesting production practices. Aquacultural Engineering 12:169-181.

Smith, M. C., G. Vellidis, D. L. Thomas, and M. A. Breve. 1992. Measurement of water table fluctuations using ground penetrating radar (GPR). Transactions of the ASAE. 35(4): 1161-1166.

Thomson, S. J., and M. C. Smith. 1992. A continuous position and speed sensor for center pivot sprinkler systems. Agronomy Journal 56:751-755.

Smith, M. C., A. B. Bottcher, K. L. Campbell, and D. L. Thomas. 1991. Field testing and comparison of the PRZM and GLEAMS models. Transactions of the ASAE. 34(3): 838-847.

Vellidis, G., M. C. Smith, D. L. Thomas, M. A. Breve, and C. D. Perry. 1991. Detecting wetting front movement in a sandy soil with ground-penetrating radar. Transactions of the ASAE. 33(6): 1867-1874.

Shirmohammadi, A., D. L. Thomas, and M. C. Smith. 1991. Drainage-subirrigation design for Pelham loamy sand. Transactions of the ASAE. 34(1): 73-80.

Thomas, D. L., A. Shirmohammadi, R. L. Lowrance, M. C. Smith. 1991. Drainage-subirrigation effect on water quality in Georgia Flatwoods. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 117(1): 123-137.

Smith, M. C., D. L. Thomas, A. B. Bottcher, and K. L. Campbell. 1990. Measurement of pesticide transport to shallow ground water. Transactions of the ASAE. 33(5): 1573-1582.

Thomas, D. L. , M. C. Smith, R. A. Leonard, and F. J. K. daSilva. 1990. Simulated effects of rapeseed production alternatives on pollution potential in the Georgia Coastal Plain. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 45(1): 148-154.

Thomas, D. L., M. C. Smith, A. Shirmohammadi, and C. D. Perry. 1990. Hydraulic capacity of control devices for water table management systems. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 6(6): 745-750.

Perry, C. D., D. L. Thomas, M. C. Smith, and R. W. McClendon. 1990. Expert system coupling of SOYGRO and DRAINMOD. Transactions of the ASAE. 33(3): 991-997.

Ghate, S. R., C. L. Butts, S. J. Thomson and M. C. Smith. 1986. Microcomputer control of a process to regenerate saturated desiccants. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 1:185 196.

Smith, M. C., R. W. Skaggs and J. E. Parsons. 1985. Subirrigation system control for water use efficiency. Transactions of the ASAE. 28(2) 489-496.

Smith, C. N., W. R. Payne, Jr., L. A. Mulkey, J. E. Benner, R. S. Parrish and M. C. Smith. 1981. The persistence and disappearance by washoff and dryfall of methoxychlor from soybean foliage -- a preliminary study. Journal of Environmental Science and Health. B16 (6):779-794.

Professional society activity:
Soil Science Society of America (SSA)
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE)
American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES)