David J. Smith

University of Essex, United Kingdom

David Smith was born in 1972. He received a First Class degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology at Queen Mary College, University of London in 1994. Between 1994 and 1997 David completed a PhD that examined carbon pathways through benthic diatoms and in 1997 worked as a teaching Fellow in Marine Biology before receiving his lectureship at the University of Essex in 2000. David is now senior lecturer in marine biology and Director of the Coral Reef Research Unit (CRRU) and is also the Marine Biology Research Theme Leader at the University of Essex. The CRRU has an international advisory board (40 affiliates) and undertakes transdisciplinary research aimed at increasing our understanding of how tropical marine systems respond to environmental stress whilst identifying the consequences for society. Research ranges from detailed laboratory based physiological studies through to long term field studies mostly in Indonesia and has led to several books and over 50 publications in the last 5 years. David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Director of Research for Operation Wallacea, Director of the Centre of Excellence on Hoga Island, Indonesia, and is Scientific Advisor to The Seychelles Nature Protection Agency and The Wakatobi Government, Indonesia. David is also a lead PI for the Earthwatch Institute with a long-term project running in the Seychelles. He is currently Associate Editor of Global Change Biology and lead PI for the NERC funded Coral Aquarist Researcher Network as well as Co-PI for the NERC funded research project that uses a community metabolism approach to examine the environmental regulation of coral growth.

Biography Updated on 18 October 2010

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