3190 Maile Way, St. John 614A
Honolulu, HI 96822
I am interested in the physiological ecology of reef algae and corals with related issues in marine ecology. In particular these areas are (1) development and use of non-invasive methods to characterize photosynthetic, photoprotective pigments and growth of reef algae and corals, (2) physiological ecology of adults, motile and non-motile stages in algal life histories, (3) settlement strategies by algae, and (4) physiological strategies employed by alien or invasive native species to allow for ecological success.
A unifying theme in most of my research is to understand the functional significance of physiological and morphological features of plants. For example, How can reef algae that are essentially shade-loving plants live in one of the highest quantum flux environments in the world? or How do many alien or invasive native reef algae expand distributions so rapidly?
Arriving in Hawai'i years ago, I was impressed by two other aspects of life here - how diverse our Hawaiian marine flora is and how little is known of O'ahu or outer islands from a marine plant view. Large stretches of coastline on all outer islands have never been visited by an algal specialist. As the loss of pristine coastal environments continues, species certainly will be lost. Understanding this diversity, the ecological processes of species extinction and the mechanisms regulating species diversity in island ecosystems are long range goals. Because of my SCUBA interests, I have taken advantage of saturation diving research projects in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Key Largo where we study the ecology of two species of Halimeda along with a team of colleagues from five other institutions. This work gives us great comparative insight into the Hawaiian reef ecosystem.
Graduate Faculty Memberships
Botany; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
1999 10th International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling Melbourne Australia
- Smith, Holm and Hadfield Temporal variation in fouling of silicone coatings in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (submitted to Biofouling)
Shin, Smith and Haslbeck Antifouling activity of phenolic acids on attachment for spores of Ulva fasciata Delile.
- Stein et al Design and development of nontoxic, self-cleaning silicone foul release coatings.
Recent Publications (last 5 years)
Sundberg, D. C., R. C. Zimmerman & C. M. Smith. 1998. Chapter 5: Selection, Design and Delivery of Environmentally Benign Antifouling Agents. In: Naval Research Reviews Office of Naval Research Arlington VA 22217
Vroom , P. S., C. M. Smith and S. C. Keeley. 1998. Cladistics of the Bryopsidales: A preliminary analysis. Journal of Phycology 34: 195 - 204.
Beach, K. S. and C. M. Smith. 1997. Ecophysiology of a tropical rhodophyte III. Recovery from emersion stresses on Ahnfeltiopsis concinna. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 211:151-167.
Hunter, C. L., C. Morden and C. M. Smith. 1997. The utility of ITS sequences in assessing relationships among zooxanthellae and corals. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Coral Reef Congress, Galeta Panama. 2:1599-1602.
Beach, K. S., H. Borgeas, N. Nishimura and C. M. Smith. 1997. In vivo absorbance spectra and UV-absorbing compounds of tropical reef macroalgae. Coral Reefs 16:21-8.
Shin, H.W. and C. M. Smith. 1996b. Impact of physical factors on periodic reproduction for Hawaiian Algae Ulva fasciata Delile and Enteromorpha intestinalis. Algae (The Korean Journal of Phycology) 11:325-32.
Shin, H.W. and C. M. Smith. 1996a. Characterization of light-harvesting pigments in spores of Ulva fasciata Delile. Algae (The Korean Journal of Phycology) 11:309-15.
Beach, K. S. and C. M. Smith. 1996b. Ecophysiology of tropical rhodophytes II. Microscale acclimation in photosynthesis. Journal of Phycology 32:710-18.
Beach, K. S. and C. M. Smith. 1996a. I. Ecophysiology of tropical rhodophytes I. Microscale acclimation in pigmentation. Journal of Phycology 32:701-10.
Walters, L.J., M. G. Hadfield and C. M. Smith. 1996. Waterborne chemical compounds in tropical macroalgae: positive and negative cues for larval settlement. Marine Biology 126:383-93.
Beach, K., C. M. Smith, H. W. Shin and T. Michael. 1995. Photosynthetic characterization of motile cells for Ulva fasciata and Enteromorpha intestinalis: Ecological implications. Marine Ecology Progress Series 126:229-37