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Erik Smith Ph.D.

Research Coordinator, North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR & Asst. Research Professor
Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences
University of South Carolina

Phone: 843-904-9035
Office: NERR 206
Mailing Address:

Baruch Marine Field Lab
P.O. Box 1630
Georgetown, SC 29442 USA

Erik Smith


2000 - PhD, Marine Science, University of Maryland, College Park
1994 - MS, Marine Science, University of Maryland, College Park
1987 - BA, Biology, New York University


2005 - Present     Associate Faculty, Marine Science Program, University of South Carolina
2004 - Present     Research Coordinator, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
2004 - Present     Research Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, Baruch Institute 
2003 - 2004        Post Doctoral Fellow, Microbial Ecology, University of South Carolina
2001 - 2003        Post Doctoral Fellow,  Limnology, University of Quebec at Montreal


Devoe, M. R., T. Callahan, D. I. Greenfield, D. Hitchcock, R. Peterson, D. Sanger, A. Turner, J. Wienstein & E. M. Smith
(in press). Stormwater management ponds in South Carolina:  Formulating an integrated research and outreach collaborative to enhance pond ecology, functionality, efficiency, effectiveness, and management. In: Proceedings of the 2014 South Carolina Water Resources Conference. South Carolina Water Resources, Columbia, SC.

Buskey, E. J., M. Bundy, M. Ferner, D. E. Porter, W. G. Reay, E. M. Smith & D. Trueblood (2015). System-Wide Monitoring Program of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System: Research and Monitoring to Address Coastal Management Issues. In: Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (eds. Yonggang, L., H. Kerkering & R. H. Weisberg). Academic Press New York, pp. 392-415.

Wigand, C., E. Davey, R. Johnson, K. Sundberg, J. Morris, P. Kenny, E. M. Smith & M. Holt (2015). Nutrient effects on belowground organic matter in a minerogenic salt marsh, North Inlet, SC. Estuaries and Coasts 38(6):1838-1853.

Alber, M., M. Frischer, D. I. Greenfield, J. D. Hagy, J. E. Sheldon, E. M. Smith
, R. F. Van Dolah & C. B. Woodson (2015). An appoach to develop numeric nutrient criteria for Georgia and South Carolina estuaries. In: Technical report to the US EPA, Georgia EPD, and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, p. 59.

Hutchins, P. R., E. M. Smith, E. T. Koepfler, R. F. Viso & R. N. Peterson (2014). Metabolic responses of estuarine microbial communities to discharge of surface runoff and groundwater from contrasting landscapes. Estuaries and Coasts 37:736-750. 

Wear, E. K., E. T. Koepfler & E. M. Smith (2014). Spatiotemporal variability in dissolved organic matter composition is more strongly related to bacterioplankton community composition than to metabolic capability in a blackwater estuarine system. Estuaries and Coasts 37:119-133. 

Goldman, E. A., E. M. Smith & T. L. Richardson (2013). Estimation of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and photosynthetic activity of estuarine phytoplankton using a multiple-fixedwavelength spectral fluorometer. Water Research 47:1616-1630. 

Lawrenz, E., E. M. Smith & T. L. Richardson (2013). Spectral Irradiance, Phytoplankton Community Composition and Primary Productivity in a Salt Marsh Estuary, North Inlet, South Carolina, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 36(2):347-364. 

Sanger, D. M., E. M. Smith, G. Voulgaris, E. T. Koepfler, S. M. Libes, G. H. M. Riekerk, D. C. Bergquist, D. I. Greenfield, P. A. Wren, C. A. Mccoy, R. F. Viso, R. N. Peterson & J. D. Whitaker (2012). Constrained enrichment contributes to hypoxia formation in Long Bay, South Carolina, an open water urbanized coastline. Marine Ecology Progress Series 461:15-30. 

Mccoy, C., R. Viso, R. Peterson, S. Libes, B. Lewis, J. Ledoux, G. Voulgaris, E. M. Smith & D. Sanger (2011). Radon as an indicator of limited cross‐shelf mixing of submarine groundwater discharge along an open ocean beach in the South Atlantic Bight during observed hypoxia. Continental Shelf Research 31(12):1,306‐1,317. 

Sanger, D., D. Hernandez, S. Libes, G. Voulgaris, B. Davis, E. M. Smith, R. Shuford, D. Porter, E. Koepfler & J. Bennett (2010). A Case History of the Science and Management Collaboration in Understanding Hypoxia Events in Long Bay, South Carolina, USA. Environmental Management 46:340-350. 

Allen, D. M., V. Ogburn-Matthews, T. Buck & E. M. Smith (2008). Mesozooplankton responses to climate change and variability in a southeastern U.S. estuary (1981-2003). Journal of Coastal Research SI 55:95-110. 

Apple, J. K., E. M. Smith & T. J. Boyd (2008). Temperature, salinity, nutrients, and the covariation of bacterial production and chlorophyll-a in estuarine ecosystems. Journal of Coastal Research 55:59-75.