Dr. Jennifer Smith is a marine ecologist who studies human impacts on marine ecosystems in both tropical and temperate environments. Much of Dr. Smith’s past research has focused on how local and global impacts affect the structure of coral reefs around the world. More recently these efforts have extended into kelp forest and rocky intertidal ecosystems. Jennifer is fundamentally interested in exploring how marine ecosystems are structured and how they function. Jennifer’s lab is also working to develop sustainable approaches for aquaculture specifically with seaweed. Jennifer’s most recent work has focused on exploring the viability of cultivating a specific species of seaweed that has been shown to drastically reduce methane production in livestock. Ultimately Dr. Smith and her students work to communicate their research results to marine resource managers and policy makers to ensure these ecosystems are protected for future generations.