Phone: 024 765 73016
Opportunities in the group
For PhD and postdoctoral opportunities, and interest in potential collaborations, please contact me at the above email address.
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
Research: Technical Summary
Research in the Smith lab focuses on understanding how organisms adapt and respond to different environmental conditions. Our current research interests include:
Adaptation to extreme environments: We are studying organisms from extreme environments such as the world’s warmest coral reefs to identify the genes and pathways that are associated with adaptation to different stressors.
Genomic structural variation: We are interested in the genomic architecture that underpins adaptation to different environments. Research in the Smith lab takes advantage of recent developments in long-read sequencing to study structural variation, particularly copy number variation.
Host-microbe interactions: We combine field-based sampling, omics approaches and experimental manipulations to gain a mechanistic understanding of the genetic and environmental factors shaping these interactions.
- 2023-present: Assistant Professor – University of Warwick
- 2019-2022: Research Associate – UNC Charlotte
- 2012-2019: Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Scientist – NYU Abu Dhabi
- 2008-2012: PhD – University of Southampton
- 2006-2007: MSc – University College London
- 2002-2005: BSc – University of Southampton