New Ocean Acidification Sensor Installed at Scripps!

Members of the Smith Lab head the effort to install Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s (SIO) first ocean acidification monitoring system. This monitoring system will provide essential data that will allow researchers to monitor changes in ocean chemistry over time and help them better understand the effects of these changes to local marine ecosystems.

Adventures with Algae!

Here’s a photo album of all the different aspects of Dr. Jennifer Smith’s phycology class: From lecture to lab work to field collecting. Enjoy the photos because we definitely enjoyed the experience!

Moonlighting as a Terrestrial Ecologist…

Catching up with… Clint Edwards! Clint talks about his slight detour from the life of a Master’s student and shows off his skills as a docent at the Scripps Coastal Marine Reserve’s grand re-opening.

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

Catching up with…Susan Kram!

Susan Kram, the newest Master’s student in the Smith Lab, gives an update on what she’s been working on this quarter at SIO. From classes, projects, and continuing to develop her own research projects, a Master’s student’s work is never done.

SciFund Fuels Smith Lab Research

Levi Lewis, a PhD student in the Smith Lab, talks about his experience participating in the SciFund Challenge – an experiment designed to help scientists raise money by reaching out to the interested public, as well as interacting and informing people about their current research projects.

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.