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STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Biogeochemist and Coastal Ecologist
A STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with Dr. Ashley Smyth, Assistant Professor, University of Florida.

During this 45-minute session, the participants will:
- Learn about biogeochemistry and coastal ecology as a career in general;
- Observe the day to day tasks of a biogeochemist working in coastal ecology;
- Gain insight into a STEM career and learn the steps it takes to become a professional in this area;
- Ask interview questions of the STEMExplore expert.

Topic/Career: Marine Science, Coastal Ecology, Biogeochemistry

May 28, 2020 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Ashley Smyth
Assistant Professor @University of Florida
Dr. Ashley Smyth studies water quality and nutrient cycles in coastal habitats, like oyster reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. Ashley's interest in biogeochemistry began after an undergrad research experience, where she realized the impact human activities have on nutrient cycles and she really enjoy being covered in mud. Ashley went on earn a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Her research is centered on understanding how coastal habitats, such as oyster reefs, salt marshes and seagrass beds, process and remove nutrients and how human activities alter this ecosystem function. At UF, Ashley is researching the effects of climate change and sea level rise have coastal and marine ecosystems and ways to use coastal habitats for protection.