Smith Lab In Action!

Summer may be at its peak, but members of the Smith Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) are still hard at work! Some are out & about around the world checking on their experiments and collecting data, others are right here in San Diego learning new skills and working on various projects. Find out what people are up to!

12th International Coral Reef Symposium 2012 – Cairns Australia

Good day mate! The Smith Lab s traveling to the great “Downunder” to participate in the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS). They will be joining approximately 2,500 scientists, conservationists, and educators to discuss the latest news and technology about coral reefs.

Working with Birch Aquarium to Educate on Algae!

PhD students Emily Kelly & Maggie Johnson spent the afternoon with various aquarists and teachers at the Birch Aquarium for a workshop about local and tropical algal species that can be found at Birch Aquarium.

Catching Up With… Jill Harris!

Jill Harris, a Ph.D. student in the Smith Lab, gives us a little insight on the “ins and outs” of the Smith Lab this quarter. If you’d like to know more about Jill’s research or what she’s up to, you can also check our her own blog at

Four Days of Data and Chicken Wire

Emily Kelly, a PhD student in the Smith Lab, talks about her recent trip to Maui, Hawaii to continue her ongoing experiment looking at the effects of herbivores on coral reef ecology.

Why We Love Marine Biology

Maggie Johnson, the newest PhD student in the Smith Lab, talks about her experience interacting with the students at Mission Bay High School’s Career Fair.

Finding Inspiration

Levi & Em's Frog in To Kill a Coral Reef

Levi Lewis, a Ph.D. student in the Smith lab, talks about what inspires him to continually fight to protect coral reefs around theworld.

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!