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.
Ph.D., biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2018
B.S., biological sciences, Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA, 2009
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
Roethler, M., M.D.A. Howard, D.A. Caron, R. Kudela, K. Negrey, A.O. Tatters and J. Smith. Marine and Freshwater Algal Toxins Co-occur at the Land-Sea Interface in Coastal California. Ocean Sciences Meeting. Feb 2020. San Diego, CA. (poster)
Hoel, P., D. Bianchi, C. Anderson, R. Kudela, F. Kessouri, M. Sutula, C.A. Deutsch, J. Smith and A. Moreno. Integrated Modeling of Harmful Algal Genus Pseudo-Nitzschia to Support Ecosystem Prediction and Environmental Management in the Southern California Current System. Ocean Sciences Meeting. Feb 2020. San Diego, CA. (poster)
Smith, J., Tatters, A.O., Howard, M.D.A., Kudela, R.M., Negrey, K., Roethler, M., Caron, D.A. King Tides Result in Episodic Cross-Contamination of a California Coastline with Cyanobacterial and Algal Toxins. AGU Fall Meeting Dec 2019. San Francisco, CA. (contributed talk)
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, 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.