In the News! Lahaina, Hawaii News

Two of our very own PhD students, Levi Lewis and Emily Kelly, celebrate the 2nd annual birthday of the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area (KHFMA) and made the front page of the Lahaina News!

A Great Introduction to Reef Ecology

My name is Kevin Moses. I attend Howard University in Washington, DC, but I am working in the Smith lab this summer through an NSF funded REU program. This summer I got the opportunity to assist Emily Kelly with her field work in Maui. The experience was awesome. I don’t have much background in snorkeling or coral reefs, so it … Read More

Earth Day at Qualcomm

Members from the Smith and Sandin lab joined together to celebrate Earth Day at Qualcomm Headquarters. This was a great opportunity for our group to share some of the work we are doing to help understand and protect coral reef ecosystems with the public. Clint Edwards, a M.Sc. student with the Smith Lab who was at the event said “It … Read More

Notes from the Field: Hawaii

This is a blog post from Emily Kelly, a PhD student in our lab, following her current research in Hawaii. —————————————————— I’ve just returned from three months of diving and running experiments in Maui (what a great job!) and as I sit in my San Diego office pouring over datasheets, I miss the daily tropical diving and stolen underwater moments … Read More

Check out the research in the Northern Line Island Expedition!

The Tent Brigade by Jen Smith, head researcher on the Benthic Team Prior to setting out on this expedition, I really had no idea how the Benthic Team was going to accomplish the goal we had set: performing three separate experiments at each island given no more than four days each. It seemed impossible. Now, after our fourth island, we … Read More

The Underappreciated Reef Algae

Halimeda opuntia

The Underappreciated Reef Algae by Jennifer Smith, head researcher on the Benthic Team   The green alga Dictyosphaeria cavernosa, commonly known as green bubble algae. Photograph by Jen Smith. Coral reefs are known for their spectacular diversity and striking beauty. When most people think of coral reefs they think of the colorful coral animals themselves—the organisms that build the reef structure and … Read More

A Most Useful Useless Reef

Gray reef shark at Kingman. Photograph by Jen Smith.

Learn about Kingman Reef as we follow the Northern Line Islands Expedition with the latest posts from the field.

Follow the Northern Line Islands Expedition!

Sixteen scientists from three continents and one island are gathering in the Northern Line Islands with one purpose in mind—to increase our understanding of coral reef health and decline. Follow Dr. Smith and her collaborators on this expedition via their blog. The adventure begins on October 24th!

The Smith Lab

The Smith Lab is focused on understanding how humans impact marine ecosystems in both tropical and local environments, as well as developing strategies for restoring these environments for future generations.