Thomas J. Smith
Thomas J. Smith received his B.S. degree in zoology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla, USA, in 1976. He earned is M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental science from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA, in 1979 and 1984, respectively. Since 1994, Smith has worked as a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. From 1984 through 1989, he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. From 1990 through 1994, he served as the Research Coordinator for the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Fla, USA. He is mainly interested in the ecology of coastal and estuarine ecosystems, especially salt marshes and mangroves forests. Of particular concern is understanding how these important habitats respond to, and recover from, disturbances such as hurricanes, and also impacts of sea level rise and global climate change. Smith is a Member of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation and Ecological Society of America. He has served on the Editorial Boards of Estuaries, Wetlands Ecology and Management, and the Journal of Coastal Conservation.
Biography Updated on 18 October 2010