Current Faculty

Ashley Smyth

Assistant Professor, Biogeochemistry

Tropical Research and Education Center

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My research includes aspects of biogeochemistry, microbial ecology and marine ecology. I use field observations and laboratory manipulation experiments to understand how environmental change and disturbance influence the fate and transport of nutrients in coastal and marine ecosystems.


My extension program focuses on increasing public awareness regarding climate predictions for South Florida.


Select Publications
  • Smyth, A.R., N.R. Geraldi, S.P. Thompson, M.F. Piehler. 2016. Biological activity exceeds biogenic structure in influencing sediment denitrification in experimental oyster reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 530:173-183 [doi: 10.3354/meps11922].
  • Smyth, A.R., N.R. Geraldi, M.F. Piehler. 2013. Oyster-mediated benthic-pelagic coupling modifies nitrogen pools and processes. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 493:23-30 [doi: 10.3354/meps10516].
  • Smyth, A.R., S. P. Thompson, K.N. Siporin+, W. S. Gardner, M. J. McCarthy, M. F. Piehler. Assessing nitrogen dynamics throughout the estuarine landscape. 2013. Estuaries and Coasts 63 (1): 44-55 [doi:10.1007/s12237-012-9554-3].
  • Grabowski, J.H., R.D. Brumbaugh, R. Conrad, A.G. Keeler, J. Opaluch, C.H. Peterson, M.F. Piehler, S.P. Powers, A.R. Smyth. 2012. Economic valuation of ecosystem services provided by oyster reefs. Bioscience 61(10): 900-909 [doi: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.10.10]
  • Piehler, M.F., A.R. Smyth. 2011. Habitat-specific distinctions in estuarine denitrification affect both ecosystem function and services. Ecosphere 2:art12. [doi:10.1890/ES10-00082.1]. Featured in ESA’s Centennial Special among most notable articles. Faculty of 1000 Recommended Article
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Ashley Smyth


Tropical Research and Education Center
University of Florida
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