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Dr. Leslie M. Smith is a Science Communicator for the Ocean Observatories Initiative. She joined the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in February 2011 as a Communications Intern for the Ocean Observatories Initiative and has worked within the program since. Her rigorous background in ocean sciences as well as her passion and gift for communication provide a unique perspective for the OOI team.
A few weeks prior to joining the OOI team, Dr. Smith received her PhD in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) where she worked with Dr. Candace Oviatt. Her dissertation research focused on Narragansett Bay, an estuary in Rhode Island. Specifically, she examined the connection between increased plant growth in the bay, due to fertilization from sewage effluent, and the occurrence of low oxygen events in the bottom water. While in graduate school she was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellow, a highly competitive interdisciplinery fellowship. It was there that Leslie gained experience and an enthusiasm for science communication.
Dr. Smith has an undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Philosophy from Davidson College, where she was the captain, MVP, and a record holder (since 2006) for their NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse Team.