Tyler Smith, PhD
Deep Coral Scientist
Tyler B. Smith, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, University of the Virgin Islands. He is the research coordinator for the US Virgin Islands Territorial Coral Reef Monitoring Program, team leader of the NSF VI-EPSCoR Evolutionary and Ecological Patterns and Processes research thrust, an advisor to CarICOOS, and has served on numerous advisory panels for NOAA and the USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources. He is PI on multiple grants related to coral reef ecosystem ecology and health, and has a particular interest in the how physical forcing affects the ecology of coral reef ecosystems in a changing environment. Past and current funded projects include research on the ecological effects of climate change (e.g, symbiont diversity, coral demographics), climate and environmental drivers of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning, and the ecological effects of land based sources of pollution (e.g., sedimentation impacts). He is the author of numerous articles in the scientific literature http://uvi.academia.edu/DrTylerSmith. He is also an instructor, curriculum developer, and graduate student advisor in the UVI Masters of Marine and Environmental Science Program and strives to increase diversity in the marine science-related careers.
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Coral reef recovery in the Galapagos Islands: the northernmost islands (Darwin and Wenman) Coral Reefs June 2015, Volume 34 March 5, 2015 By Peter W. Glynn, Bernhard Riegl, Samuel Purkis, Jeremy M. Kerr. Tyler B. Smith Abstract The remote northernmost Galápagos Islands, Darwin and Wenman, exhibited well-developed coral communities in 1975, which were severely …
This paper stems from our field research in the Galápagos Islands conducted earliler in the Global Reef expedition. It discusses marginal coral populations and how the densest known aggregation of Pocillopora in the Galápagos Archipelago is of asexual origin. Coral populations …
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