Dr. Jayme Smith
Dr. Jayme Smith is a joint post-doctoral research associate in the Biogeochemistry Department at SCCWRP and in Dr. David Caron’s laboratory at the University of Southern California. She specializes in the ecology of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in aquatic systems. Dr. Smith received her B.S. in biology from Vanguard University in 2009, and her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Southern California in 2018. She joined SCCWRP in 2018. Her present research efforts focus on examining the drivers of HAB development in marine and freshwater systems in California.
Ph.D., Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2018
B.S., Biological Sciences, Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA, 2009
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Smith studies phytoplankton ecology and the factors that shape phytoplankton community structure. She specializes in the ecology of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and is interested in determining biological, chemical, and physical conditions that related to the development of HABs in both marine and freshwater systems. Dr. Smith’s dissertation research examined the environmental factors that lead to the development of toxigenic Pseudo-nitzschia blooms in southern California, as well as the influence of anthropogenic nutrient inputs on phytoplankton bloom development in the region. Her present research efforts include 1) assessing the factors linked to increased risk of cyanobacterial HABs and their associated toxins in California freshwater systems, 2) continuing the research themes developed in her dissertation work and, 3) the improvement and development of HAB monitoring programs and tools in marine and freshwater systems.
Postdoctoral Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Costa Mesa, CA, 2018-Present
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012- 2018
Adjunct Laboratory Instructor, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA, 2010-2012
Laboratory Assistant, Monarch Labs, Irvine, CA, 2010- 2012
Instructor, Biola University Youth, La Mirada, CA, 2010- 2011
WiSE Travel Grant, USC, 2017
Turner Designs Student Travel Stipend Award, USC, 2017
WiSE Travel Grant, USC, 2013
Tyler Environmental Fellowship, USC, 2012
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, VUSC, 2007
Vanguard University Honor Roll, VUSC, 2006-2009
Academic Lion I Scholarship, VUSC, 2006-2009
Selected Presentations and Conference Proceedings
Smith, J., Connell, P., Evans, R.H, Gellene, A.G., Howard, M.D.A., Jones, B.H., Kaveggia, S., Palmer, L., Schnetzer, A., Seegers, B.N., Seubert, E. L., Tatters, A. O., and Caron, D.A. 2017. A decade and a half of Pseudo-nitzschia spp. and domoic acid along the coast of southern California. 9th Symposium on Harmful Algae, California, USA. Nov 2017. (contributed talk + poster)
Smith, J. 2017. Examining Potential Triggers of Toxic Pseudo-nitzschia Blooms in the Southern California Bight Region. USC Women in Science and Engineering Bytes Seminar, California, USA. Oct 2017. (invited talk)
Smith, J., A.G. Gellene, C. Cash, M. Dojiri, and D.A. Caron. 2017. A ‘Natural’ Experiment in Santa Monica Bay, California: Potential Changes in the Microbial Loop in Response to Anthropogenic Nutrient Input. Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Hawaii, USA. Feb 2017. (poster)
Smith, J. 2016. Coastal Anthropogenic Nutrient Input and Algal Blooms: A ‘Natural’ Experiment in Santa Monica Bay, California. USC Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Department Seminar, California, USA. Jan 2016. (invited talk)
Smith, J., A.G. Gellene, A. Booth, M. Dojiri, J.C. Ohlmann, A.J. Lucas, C. Cash, and D.A. Caron. 2015. Coastal Anthropogenic Nutrient Input and Harmful Algal Blooms: A ‘Natural’ Experiment in Santa Monica Bay, California. 8th Symposium on Harmful Algae, California, USA. Nov 2015. (contributed talk)
Caron, D.A., A.O. Tatters, A.G. Gellene, J. Smith, M.D.A Howard, C. Nagoda, and L. Busse. 2015. “Go West, Young Haptophyte”: Fish Kills Attributable to Prymnesium Parvum Spread to Southern California. 8th Symposium on Harmful Algae, California, USA. Nov 2015. (contributed talk)
Ryan, J., J. Birch, H.A. Bowers, D.A. Caron, G. Doucette, A.G. Gellene, K. Hubbard, R. Kudela, R. Martin III, C. Mikulski, K. Negrey, C. Scholin, G.J. Smith, J. Smith, A. Woods. 2015.Ecological Dynamics in California HAB Hotspots: Eddy Incubation, Retention, and Subsurface Refugia. 8th Symposium on Harmful Algae, California, USA. Nov 2015. (contributed talk)
Smith, J. 2014. Dynamics of Pseudo-nitzschia in the Southern California Bight – a two year comparison. USC Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Department Seminar, California, USA. Nov 2014. (invited talk)
Yuen, A.D., J. Smith, S.K. Hu and D.A. Caron. 2014. Competitive Interactions Of The Toxic Microalga Pseudo-nitzschia With Co-Occuring Microalgal Species. WCBSURC, California, USA, April 2014. (contributed talk)
Smith, J, A.G. Gellene, P. Connell, V. Campbell, E.L. Seubert, D.A. Caron. 2013. The influence of nutrient and light perturbations on natural phytoplankton assemblages containing the toxin-producing diatom Pseudo-nitzschia. 7th Symposium on Harmful Algae, Florida, USA. Oct 2013. (poster)
Smith J., Gellene, A.G., Hubbard, K.A., Bowers, H.A., Kudela, R.M., Negrey, K., and Caron, D.A., 2018. Pseudo-nitzschia species composition affects domoic acid in the plankton during two consecutive years in the Southern California Bight. Journal of Plankton Research.
Seubert, E.L., Gellene, A.G., Campbell, V., Smith, J., Robertson, G. and Caron, D.A., 2017. Incubation experiments to determine the response of a natural plankton community to treated sewage effluent. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.
Trinh, R. C., Fichot, C.G., Gierach, M.M., Holt, B., Malakar, N. K., Hulley, G., Smith, J., 2017. Application of Landsat 8 for monitoring impacts of wastewater discharge on coastal water quality. Frontiers in Marine Science.