Kathryn Smith is a coastal ecologist at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. Kathryn Smith’s research focuses on linking geospatial and geophysical data to assess environmental change in coastal wetlands, estuaries, and barrier islands. Kathryn is responsible for leading efforts in geospatial data analysis procedures, enhancing capabilities for paleoecological assessment of coastal habitats, examining the complex dynamics of coastal sedimentary processes, and paired field and spatial modeling studies which assess the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems to storms and sea-level rise. In addition, Kathryn has maintained a teaching and graduate student advising role at the University of South Florida. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Florida with a PhD in Environmental Engineering and an MS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She obtained her BS from the University of Minnesota in Environmental Science.