Walker Smith

The College of William & Mary, USA


Walker O. Smith Walker Smith received his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester (Biology-Geology) in 1972, and his Ph.D. at Duke University in 1976. At that time he joined the University of Tennessee Graduate Program in Ecology and Department of Botany as an Assistant Professor, and was made a full Professor in 1986. He spent 1983 at the Naval Postgraduate School as the Arctic Chair in Marine Sciences. In 1988 he was named the Science Alliance Distinguished Professor at UTK, and from 1993-98 served as Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans. In 1998 he moved to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) as Full Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Smith was co-chair of the U.S. Southern Ocean Joint Global Ocean Flux Program (JGOFS) and helped co-ordinate the largest oceanographic experiment ever to be conducted in the Antarctic (13 independent cruises). He also served as Guest Editor for Deep-Sea Research II, Topical Studies in Oceanography from 2000 – 2003. In 2003 he was a Visiting Research Professor at the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere in Hamilton, New Zealand. He published his first book (Polar Oceanography; Academic Press) in 1990, and a second (with J. Grebmeier) in 1995 (Arctic Oceanography: Marginal Ice Zones and Continental Shelves; American Geophysical Union). This year (2008) he edited a third book entitled Polynyas: Windows to the World (Elsevier). He has participated in 26 research expeditions to the Antarctic, and has served as Chief Scientist on 16 of those. He recently was named an Adjunct Professor at Jinan University in Guangzhou, PRC. His research interests include Antarctic oceanography, models of physical-biological coupling, harmful algal blooms in Chinese waters, and taxon-specific responses to environmental factors such as temperature, carbon dioxide, iron and nutrients.

Biography Updated on 28 August 2008

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