Jason Smith


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1826

email: jsmith@mbari.org

Jason Smith’s Curriculum Vitae

Google Scholar profile

Current Projects:

  • Ammonium cycling in the coastal ocean: sources, sinks and spatiotemporal variability
  • Small-scale variability in elemental cycling
  • Constraining the effects of nitrification on new production estimates in the coastal ocean
  • Environmental controls over ammonia oxidizer ecotypes and rates of nitrification in Monterey Bay [Link]


  • Ph.D.   2013, Stanford University, Earth System Science
  • M.S.    2006, University of Florida, Soil & Water Sciencee
  • B.S.     2003, University of Florida, Microbiology and Cell Science w/ minor in Chemistry

Most Recent Publications (16 published, 2 forthcoming):

  • Smith, JM, KL Casciotti, FP Chavez, CA Francis 2014 Differential contribution of archaeal ammonia oxidizer ecotypes to nitrification in coastal surface waters. ISME J DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2014.11 [Link]
  • Smith, JM, AC Mosier, CA Francis 2014 Spatiotemporal relationships between the abundance, distribution and potential activities of ammonia-oxidizing and denitrifying microorganisms in intertidal sediments. Microb Ecol DOI: 10.1007/s00248-014-0450-1 [Link]
  • Smith, JM, FP Chavez, CA Francis 2014 Ammonium uptake by phytoplankton regulates nitrification in the sunlit ocean. PLoS ONE 9(9): e108173. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0108173 [Link]
  • Damashek, J, JM Smith, AC Mosier, CA Francis 2015 Benthic ammonia oxidizers differ in community structure and biogeochemical potential across a riverine delta. Front Microbiol DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00743 [Link]
  • Sudek, S, RC Everroad, A-L Gehman, JM Smith, CL Poirier, FP Chavez, AZ Worden 2015 Cyanobacterial distributions along a physico-chemical gradient in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Environ Microbiol DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.12742 [Link]
  • Orsi, WD, JM Smith, HM Wilcox, JE Swalwell, P Carini, AZ Worden, AE Santoro 2015 Ecophysiology of uncultivated marine euryarchaea is linked to particulate organic matter. ISME J doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.260 [Link]
  • Aylward, FO, JM Eppley, JM Smith, FP Chavez, CA Scholin, EF DeLong 2015 Microbial community transcriptional networks are conserved in three domains at ocean basin scales. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA doi: 10.1073/pnas.1502883112 [Link]
  • Carolan, M, JM Smith, JM Beman 2015 Transcriptomic evidence for microbial sulfur cycling in the eastern tropical North Pacific oxygen minimum zone. Front Microbiol doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00334 [Link]
  • Smith, JM, J Damashek FP Chavez & CA Francis In Press Factors influencing nitrification rates and the abundance and transcriptional activity of ammonia-oxidizing microorganisms in the dark realm of the northeast Pacific Ocean Limnology and Oceanography

Forthcoming Manuscripts:

  • Orsi, WD, JM Smith, S Liu, Z Liu, C Sakamoto, S Wilken, C Poirier, TA Richards, PJ Keeling, AZ Worden, AE Santoro. Highly diverse microbial communities underlie marine biogeochemical cycling of dissolved protein Submitted to ISME Journal
  • Smith, JM, M Messie, JT Pennington, M Blum & FP Chavez Ammonium dynamics in the coastal ocean: sources, sinks and regulatory factors