The Past, Present, and Future of the Reefs at Fanning Atoll

To a Paleo-Benthic, today’s coral reefs are rich in clues about their past and offer hints as to their future. Atolls such as those that make up the Line Islands are built of the dead skeletons of corals, foraminifera, and calcifying algae. Beneath the deep layers of marine skeletal debris is the old, extinct volcano that gave rise to the … 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.