Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Jason M. Smith
Postdoctoral Fellow (Institutional)
Biological Oceanography Group

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone: (831) 775-1826
Fax: (831) 775-1620
email: jsmith

Curriculum Vitae
Google Scholar profile

Current Projects:

  • Development of an in situ incubation system
  • Kinetics of nitrogen uptake among different phytoplankton size classes
  • Nitrogen isotope budget for the euphotic zone at Monterey Bay Time Series Stations M1 & M2
  • Diurnal variations in nitrification and new production in the NE Pacific Ocean
  • Nitrification as a tracer of particle flux and remineralization in the mesopelagic zone


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

Most Recent Publications:

  • Smith, J.M., K.L. Casciotti, F.P. Chavez and C.A. Francis. 2014. Differential contribution of archaeal ammonia oxidizer ecotypes to nitrification in coastal surface waters. ISME J. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.11
  • Smith, J.M., A.C. Mosier and C.A. 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
  • Smith, J.M., F.P. Chavez and C.A. Francis. 2014. Ammonium uptake by phytoplankton regulates nitrification in the sunlit ocean. PLoS ONE 9(9): e108173. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108173

Manuscripts Under Review/Revision:

  • Orsi, W.D., J.M. Smith, H.M. Wilcox, J.E. Swalwell, P.Carini, A.Z. Worden and A.E. Santoro. 201X. Ecophysiology of uncultivated marine euryarchaea is linked to particulate organic matter. ISME J. Under revision.
  • Sudek, S., R.C. Everroad, A. Gehman, J.M.Smith, F.P. Chavez and A.Z. Worden. 201X. Cyanobacterial distributions along a physico-chemical gradient in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Environ. Microbiol. Under revision.
  • Damashek, J., J.M. Smith, A.C. Mosier and C.A. Francis. 201X. Benthic Ammonia Oxidizers Differ in Community Structure and Biogeochemical Potential Across a Riverine Delta. Front. Aquat. Microbiol. Under review.
  • Smith, J.M., F.P. Chavez, J.T. Pennington and C.A. Francis. 201X. Nitrification as a tracer of particle flux and remineralization in the twilight zone of the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Under review.

Last updated: Sep. 24, 2014