Joseph P. Smith, Ph.D.

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); USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)
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); USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37)


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; and 6) climate change and the perturbed carbon cycle.

Courses Taught:

U. S. Naval Academy, Department of Oceanography
  SO234: General Oceanography II (Introduction to Chemical and Biological Oceanography)
  SO427: Introduction to Estuarine Oceanography
  SO445: Global Climate Change
  SO470A/B: Capstone Seminar (Environmental Biogeochemistry)
  SO495/496: Readings in Oceanography
  SO505/506: Independent Research

Top Refereed Publications:

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.

A full CV can be provided on request...

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