Jennifer Smith, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California - San Diego
Dr. Jennifer Smith and the members of her laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego are focused on understanding how humans impact marine ecosystems in both tropical and temperate environments. Jennifer and her students extend their science beyond the university setting and actively work to develop effective science based management and conservation strategies for restoring or preserving coastal marine habitats for future generations.
Jennifer and her students are collectively working to identify how local impacts (overfishing, different forms of pollution, and the introduction of invasive species) as well as global impacts (climate change and ocean acidification) affect marine biodiversity and community structure. Members of the Smith lab are performing experiments to identify ways to restore degraded environments and are participating in expeditions to remote parts of the world to document pristine coral reefs in an effort to set baselines and targets for conservation.
The Smith lab is working both locally in California and on coral reefs in the central Pacific and Caribbean to document the possible effect of ocean acidification on the calcification and growth of marine plants, corals, and other invertebrate species. Jennifer’s lab group includes postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, Master’s students, and several undergraduate interns and volunteers who are all interested in conducting research that is relevant to solving human induced problems in the ocean.