Kelly J Smith

Associate Professor

Biology • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Ichthyology, Field Studies in Marine Science, Restoration Ecology, Limnology, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, General Biology II, Current Applications in Biology, Principles in Biology, Introduction to Environmental Studies


B.S. (Biology) State University of New York, College at Oswego (1987)

Ph.D. (Ecology and Evolution) Rutgers University (1995)


My current research interests focus on juvenile fish ecology in estuarine environments. I am especially interested in the interaction between habitat structure and quality, and population size and species diversity of estuarine resident fishes. I am currently investigating the effects of salt marsh vegetation type and geographic location on abundances and habitat use by juvenile killifishes in Northeast Florida. Much of my research has direct implications for management and conservation of estuarine habitats and resources.

Publications & Presentations

Hanke, M. H, K. J. Smith, A. L. Digirolamo. 2013. Spatial approach to understanding habitat utilization by silver perch (Bairdiella chrysoura) in Northeast Florida estuaries. Florida Scientist.  76:467-477


Smith, M.; J. Gelsleichter, PhD; and K. J. Smith, PhD. 2012. Protein expression of hypoxia-Inducible factor 1-alpha in Leiostomus xanthurus exposed to constant and diel-cycling hypoxia. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.  424-425:1-4.


Shyn, A., S. J. Chalk, K. Smith, N. L. Charnock & G. K. Bielmyer.  2012.  Zinc Distribution in the Organs of Adult Fundulus heteroclitus After Waterborne Zinc Exposure in Freshwater and Saltwater. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.  DOI 10.1007/s00244-012-9805-0


Bielmyer, Gretchen K.; Joseph B. Bullington; Carri A. DeCarlo; Stuart J. Chalk; Kelly Smith. 2012. The Effects of Salinity on Acute Toxicity of Zinc to Two Euryhaline Species of Fish, Fundulus heteroclitus and Kryptolebias marmoratus. Integrative and Comparative Biology; doi: 10.1093/icb/ics045


Hanke, M. H., and K. J. Smith. 2011. Tolerance and response of silver perch Bairdiella chrysoura to hypoxia. Aquatic Biology. Vol. 14: 77–85


Rossi, A. M., D. C. Moon, D. Casamatta, K. Smith, C. Bentzien, J. McGregor, A. Norwich, E. Perkerson, R. Perkerson, J. Savinin, K. Stokes, and D. Doebberfuhl. 2010. Pilot study on the effects of partially restored riparian plant communities on habitat quality and biodiversity along first-order tributaries of the Lower St. Johns River. Journal of Water Resource and Protection. Doi:10.4236/jwarp.2010.29090


Galleher, S. N., I. Gonzalez, M. Gilg, and K. Smith. 2009. Abundance and distribution of larval and juvenile Fundulus heteroclitus in Northeast Florida Marshes. Southeastern Naturalist. 8(3): 494-502.


Galleher, S.N., M.R. Gilg and K.J. Smith. 2009. Comparison of sub-adult thermal maxima in Fundulus heteroclitus and F. grandis. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry. DOI 10.1007/s10685-009-9347-1


Able, K. W., K. J. Smith, and S. M. Hagan. 2005. Fish composition and abundance in New Jersey salt marsh pools: sampling technique effects. Northeastern Naturalist. 12(4): 485-502.


Smith, K. J., & Able, K. W. 2003. Dissolved oxygen dynamics in salt marsh pools and its potential impacts on fish assemblages. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 258: 223-232.


Smith, K., G. L. Taghon, and K. W. Able. 2001. Trophic linkages in marshes: feeding in young-of-the-year mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus. In: Concepts and Controversies in Tidal Marsh Ecology. M. Weinstein and D. Kreeger, eds. Kluwer Press.

SmithContact Information

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(904) 620-1954