Joseph P. Smith, Ph.D.

Joseph P. Smith, Ph.D. photo

Oceanography Department 
572C Holloway Road, 9D 
U. S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD 21402 

+(1) 410-293-6568 (voice) 
+(1) 617-275-9130 (cell) 

Office: Chauvenet 208

Professional Experience:

  • 2013-Present: Assistant Professor
    Oceanography Department, U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • 2010-2013: Assistant Professor (Military)
    Oceanography Department, U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • 1999-2010: Surface Warfare Officer (USNR)
    ONR/NRL S&T Reserve Program 38 Project Officer, Arlington, VA
  • 2009-2010: Research Scientist; Marine Biogeochemistry (Code 6114)
    Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC
  • 2007-2009: National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associate; Marine Biogeochemistry (Code 6114)
    Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC
  • 2000-2007: Graduate Research Assistant / Teaching Assistant; Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Science (EEOS) Department
    University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMB)
  • 1999-2000: Product Engineer; Control Components Technology
    General Electric Industrial Systems, Plainville, CT
  • 1998-1999: Field Service Manager; Small Business Systems
    Lucent Technologies, San Francisco, CA
  • 1996-1998: Reactor Electrical Division Officer (U. S. Navy)
  • 1995-1996: Nuclear Propulsion Plant Watch Officer (S8G); U. S. Navy Nuclear Power School and Prototype
    Orlando, FL and Ballston Spa, NY\
  • 1994-1995: Antisubmarine Warfare Officer (U. S. Navy)


  • 2007: Ph.D., Environmental Science (geochemistry)
    University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
  • 2003: M.S., Environmental Science
    University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
  • 1993: B. S., Physics, U. S.
    Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Research Interests:

Using radiochemical and biogeochemical tracers to investigate the cycling of inorganic and organic constituents in water, soil, and sediments in linked watershed, estuarine, and coastal marine systems. These tracers can be used to identify material sources and quantify material transport and fate.

Other research interests include:

  1. Runoff, wastewater, and storm water influences in urbanized watershed, estuarine, and coastal marine systems
  2. Biogeochemical cycles in methane hydrate bearing sediments and permafrost
  3. Biological tissues as environmental dosimeters
  4. Mineralogy, geochemistry, and bacterial species diversity in soils and dust in arid regions
  5. Polar oceanography
  6. Climate change and the perturbed carbon cycle.

Courses Taught:

U. S. Naval Academy, Department of Oceanography

  • SO251: Introduction to Oceanography
  • SO273: Applied Earth System Science 
  • SO272: Earth System Science II (Biogeochemical Cycles)
  • SO427: Introduction to Estuarine Oceanography 
  • SO485: Energy Analysis, Policy, and Security
  • SO445: Global Climate Change 
  • SO470A/B/E: Capstone Seminar (Environmental Biogeochemistry) 
  • SO495/496: Readings in Oceanography
  • SO505/506: Independent Research

Top Refereed Publications:

  • M. Brocchini, J. Calantoni, A.H. Reed, A. Sheremet, T. Staples, J.P. Smith, M. Postacchini, E. Braithwaite, T. Kooney, C. Lorenzoni, A. Russo, A. Mancinelli, L. Soldini, S. Corvaro, A. Coluccelli, P. Paroncini. 2015. "The EsCoSed Project: Summertime-Wintertime Evolution of the Misa River Estuarine Environment"Atti del XXII Congresso AIMETA, pp. 62, ISBN: 978-88-97752-52-3.
  • Sweet, C., R. Watson, C. Landis, and J.P. Smith. 2015. Temperature-dependence of lipid A acyl structure in Psychrobacter cryohalolentis and arctic isolates of Colwellia hornerae and Colwellia piezophila. Marine Drugs 13(8): 4701 4720. 
  • Rose, P.S., J.P. Smith, R.C. Aller, J.K. Cochran, R.L. Swanson, and R.B. Coffin. 2015. Medically-derived I-131 as a tool for investigating the fate of wastewater nitrogen in aquatic environments. Environmental Science & Technology 49(17): 10312–10319. 
  • Coffin, R.B., C.L. Osburn, R.E. Plummer, J.P. Smith, P.S. Rose, and K.S. Grabowski. 2015. Deep sediment-sourced methane contribution to shallow sediment organic carbon: Atwater Valley, Texas-Louisiana Shelf, Gulf of Mexico. Energies 8(3): 1561-1583 (doi:10.3390/en8031561). 
  • First, M.R., S.H. Robbins-Wamsley, S.C. Riley, J.I. Fisher, J.P. Smith, and L.A. Drake. 2014. Examination of additives used to augment “challenge water” used in verification testing of ballast water management systems: mass yields and biological impacts. Management of Biological Invasions 5(4): 395–405 (doi:10.3391/mbi.2014.5.4.10). 
  • Smith, J.P. and R.B. Coffin. 2014. Methane flux and authigenic carbonate in shallow sediments overlying methane hydrate bearing strata in Alaminos Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. Energies 7(9): 6118-6141 (doi:10.3390/en7096118).
  • Coffin, R.B., L J. Hamdan, J.P. Smith, P. Rose, R.E. Plummer, B. Yoza, I. Pecher, and M.T. Montgomery. 2014. The contribution of vertical methane flux to shallow sediment carbon pools across the Porangahau Ridge, New Zealand. Energies 7(8): 5332-5356 (doi:10.3390/en7085332).
  • Coffin, R. B., J. P. Smith, R. E. Plummer, B. Yoza, L. C. Millholland, and M. T. Montgomery. 2013. Spatial variation in shallow sediment methane sources and cycling on the Alaskan Beaufort Sea shelf/slope. Marine and Petroleum Geology 45: 186–197.
  • Rose, P. S., J. P. Smith, J. K. Cochran, R. C. Aller, and R. L. Swanson. 2013. Behavior of medically-derived I-131 in the tidal Potomac River. Science of the Total Environment 452: 87-97.
  • Nghiem, S. V., P. B. Shepson, W. Simpson, D. K. Perovich, M. Sturm, T. Douglas, I. G. Rigor, P. Clemente-Colón, J. P. Burrows, A. Richter, A. Steffen, R. Staebler, D. Obrist, C. Moore, J. Bottenheim, U. Platt, D. Pöhler, S. General, J. Zielcke, J. D. Fuentes, D. K. Hall, L. Kaleschke, J. Woods, C. Hager, J. Smith, C. R. Sweet, K. Pratt, K. Custard, P. Peterson, S. Walsh, E. Gleason, E. Saiet, M. Webster, R. Lieb-Lappen, C. Linder, and G. Neumann. 2013. Arctic sea ice reduction and tropospheric chemical processes: BIONATURE 2013, The Fourth International Conference on Bioenvironment, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies, p. 4-8.
  • Montgomery, M. T., R. B. Coffin, T. J. Boyd, J. P. Smith, R. E., Plummer, S. E. Walker, and C. L. Osburn. 2011. Mineralization rates of 2,4,6-Trinitrotolene and bacterial production amongst natural microbial assemblages in coastal sediments. Environmental Pollution 159(12): 3673-80.
  • Leski, T.A., M. J. Gregory, A. P. Malanoski, J. P. Smith, H. Glaven, Z. Wang, D. A. Stenger, B. Lin. 2010. “Analysis of dust samples from the Middle East using high density resequencing microarray ‘RPM-TEI’”. Proc. of SPIE 7666, 11p.
  • Cantwell, M. G., B. A. Wilson, J. Zhu, J. W. King, G. T. Wallace, C. R. Olsen, R. M. Burgess, and J. P. Smith. 2010. Temporal trends of triclosan contamination in dated sediment cores from four urbanized estuaries: Evidence of preservation and accumulation. Chemosphere 78: 347-352.
  • Smith, J. P., T. D. Bullen, D. J. Brabander, and C. R. Olsen. 2009. Strontium isotope record of seasonal-scale variations in sediment sources and sediment trapping in low-energy, subtidal areas of the lower Hudson River Estuary. Chemical Geology 264: 375-384.
  • Coffin, R. B., L. Hamdan, R. Plummer, J. P. Smith, J. Gardner, and W. T. Wood. 2008. Analysis of sulfate and methane flux in methane charged sediments from the Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. Marine and Petroleum Geology 25: 977-987.
  • Smith, J. P., S. D. Oktay, J. Kada, and C. R. Olsen. 2008. Iodine-131: A potential short-lived, wastewater-specific particle tracer in an urbanized estuarine system. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42: 5435-5440.
  • Yang, S. L., J. Zhang, J. Zhu, J. P. Smith, S. B. Dai, A. Gao and P. Li. 2005. Impact of dams on Yangtze River sediment supply to the sea and delta intertidal wetland response. Journal of Geophysical Research (Earth surface) 110: F03006.
  • Oktay, S. D., D. J. Brabander, J. P. Smith, J. Kada, T. D. Bullen, and C. R. Olsen. 2003. WTC geochemical fingerprint recorded in New York Harbor sediments. EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union 84(3): 21-28.


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