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Alexandra Smith

Alex Smith


Master of Environmental Science and Management, June 2017
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara  
Specialization: Costal Marine Resource Management
Honors: Latin American Fisheries Fellow, 2015-2017
B.A. Economics and B.A. Political Science, May 2012
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL


My research interests have a central theme of applying scientific research at the community level to promote sustainable resource use. Past projects have included the development of bioeconomic models, fisheries assessments, and market-based incentive structures related to coastal management and small-scale fisheries.

As a technician on the Micheli lab I work with a broad network of diverse partners to conduct field studies, including underwater ecological monitoring, the deployment and maintenance of oceanographic sensors, and ecological experiments along the Pacific coast of Baja, Mexico. I am working to develop applications and tools that will make our data and analysis available to all of our collaborators and stakeholders at every level.

Work Experience:

Sustainable Fisheries Group, Santa Barbara, CA
Waitt Institute, Montserrat
Rare, Costa Rica
Asociación Kallpa, Peru
Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), Belize


Froehlich, H. Smith, A. Gentry, R. Halpern, B. 2017. “Offshore aquaculture: I know it when I see it” Frontiers in Marine Science 4.  
Smith, A. Zapata P. 2017. “Chapter 1: Economic and Social Context of Fisheries in Belize”. In State of Belize Fisheries. Oceana (Draft)