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Dr Ed Smith

Dr Ed Smith

Contact Details

Dr Ed Smith

School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the ecology and evolution of marine organisms. While we work on a range of organisms, much of our research to date has focused on the coral-algal symbiosis. We are particularly interested in how these symbiotic partners have adapted to environmental extremes and how this sensitive partnership will respond to future climate change. A key aspect of our research approach is leveraging cutting-edge sequencing technologies and developing novel analytical approaches to tackle unresolved fundamental questions in biology.

Supervision Style

In three words or phrases: Supportive, hands-on, curiosity-driven

Provision of Training

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence as you progress.

Progression Monitoring and Management

I will expect you to take full ownership of your progression but come to me when you need help troubleshooting.

I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself.


I am known to email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, however I will not expect you to do the same.

I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential.

PhD Students can expect scheduled meetings with me:

In a group meeting

At least once per week

In year 1 of PhD study

At least once per week

In year 2 of PhD study

At least once per fortnight

In year 3 of PhD study

At least once per fortnight

These meetings will be mainly face to face, and I am usually contactable for an instant response on every working day.

Working Patterns

The timing of work in my lab is completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time.

Notice Period for Feedback

I need at least 2 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.