Dr. Jayme Smith

Dr. Jayme Smith is a scientist in the Biogeochemistry Department at SCCWRP who studies phytoplankton ecology and the factors that shape phytoplankton community structure. She specializes in the ecology of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in aquatic systems, and is interested in determining biological, chemical, and physical conditions related to the development of HABs in both marine and freshwater systems. Her 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 research efforts include assessing the factors linked to increased risk of cyanobacterial HABs and their associated toxins in California freshwater systems, continuing the research themes developed in her dissertation work, and the improvement and development of HAB monitoring programs and tools in marine and freshwater systems. She serves on several committees focused on HAB monitoring and research including the National Harmful Algal Blooms committee (NHC), California Harmful Algal Blooms Monitoring and Alert Program steering committee (Cal HABMAP) and the California Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Bloom (CCHAB) Network.

She 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.

Education

Ph.D., biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

B.S., biological sciences, Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA, 2009

Professional Experience

Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Costa Mesa, CA, 2019-present

Joint Postdoctoral Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) and University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA and Los Angeles, CA, 2018-2019

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

Honors and Awards

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., Howard, M.D.A, Kudela, R, McLaughlin, K., Caron, D.A., Roethler, M., Schultz, D., Hayashi, K, Robertson, G.,Terriquez, L., Sakamoto, K., Renick, V., Phonsiri, V., Haggin, B., Larsen, C.D. Persistent Domoic Acid in the Sediments and Benthic Infauna in California. 10th U.S. Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium. Orange Beach, Alabama, USA. Nov 2019. (contributed talk)

Mehinto, A.C, Smith, J., Wenger, E., Howard, M.D.A, Linville, R., Stanton, B., Brooks, B.W., Sutula, M. Ecotoxicity of Cyanotoxins in Freshwater Habitats - A Systemic Review of the Literature. 10th U.S. Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium. Orange Beach, Alabama, USA. Nov 2019. (poster)

Eggleston, E. J., Smith, J., Ryan, S., Gichuki, J., Kennedy, K., Tyler, A., Meredith Howard, M.D.A., Caron, D.A. Determining the Trends and Drivers of CyanoHABs in Clear Lake. 10th U.S. Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium. Orange Beach, Alabama, USA. Nov 2019. (poster)

Smith, J. Examining Potential Triggers of Algal Blooms and Harmful Algae in the Southern California Bight Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting. 2019. La Jolla, CA. (invited presentation)

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)

Publications


Journal Articles

Smith, J., A. Lie, E.L. Seubert, N. Crowley, G. Robertson, D.A. Caron. 2019. Co-occurring Dissolved Algal Toxins Observed at Multiple Coastal Sites in Southern California via Solid Phase Adsorption Toxin Tracking. Toxicon DOI:10.1016/j.toxicon.2019.10.005.

Smith, J., P. Connell, R.H. Evans, A.G. Gellene, M.D.A. Howard, B.H. Jones, S. Kaveggia, L. Palmer, A. Schnetzer, B.N. Seegers, E.L. Seubert, A.O. Tatters, D.A. Caron. 2018. A decade and a half of Pseudo-nitzschia spp. and domoic acid along the coast of southern California. Harmful Algae DOI:10.1016/j.hal.2018.07.007.

Caron, D.A., A.G. Gellene, J. Smith, E.L. Seubert, V. Campbell, G.S. Suhatme, B. Seegers, B.H. Jones, A.A.Y. Lie, R. Terrado, M.D.A. Howard, R.M. Kudela, K. Hayashi, J. Ryan, J. Birch, E. Demir-Hilton, K. Yamahara, C. Scholin, M. Mengel, G. Robertson. 2017. Response of phytoplankton and bacterial biomass during a wastewater effluent diversion into nearshore coastal waters. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 186:223-236.

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.

Technical Reports

Du, B., J. Smith, K. Maruya, C.S. Wong. 2020. Comparison of Novel Passive Sampling Methods to Identify Cyanotoxins and their Sources. Technical Report 1123. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Schiff, K.C., E.D. Stein, S. Aminzadeh, A. Boehm, G. Hildebrand, L. Honeybourne, I. Nasseri, P. Ode, S. Taylor, D. Senn, J. Smith, C. Sommers, E. Strecker. 2014. Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition 2014 Research Agenda. Technical Report 828. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA.