2014 WRF and Moore/Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow
Biological Sciences, Oceanography
School of Oceanography
Curtis Deutsch, School of Oceanography
Jeffrey Heer, Computer Science & Engineering
Post-doctoral researcher, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Princeton University, 2010-14
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Univ. of South Carolina, 2010
M.A., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA, 2005
Fulbright Student, Marine Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2002 B.S., Biology, with distinction, Duke University, 2001
Allison Smith’s research focuses on understanding and predicting the distribution of species in coastal and open ocean ecosystems. Her hypothesis is that animals maintain geographic position in the open ocean by migrating to deeper depths during the day where the horizontal current speeds are slower.
In the course of this research, Smith uses and develops mechanistic models of organisms and ecosystems that incorporate physiology, chemistry, and physics. Results from her research will help determine the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. She has additional interests in reproducibility and data visualization.
After releasing her own code for the first time, she decided to do a systematic study of code and software in ecological journals. These findings will be reported in a forum article co-authored by her computer science advisor, Jeffrey Heer.