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Abigail Smith

Lower Keys Education Programs Coordinator


Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans


Abby is an Education Specialist at Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration on Summerland Key, FL. She has a research background studying the impacts of environmental stressors on the Florida stone crab fishery. In addition, Abby has always had a passion for communicating her research interests through marine science education. Before starting at Mote, Abby worked on educational lessons that mimic her Florida stone crab research experiments in a classroom setting. These curricula allow students to investigate her research questions and discover scientific findings in a similar way to her own experiments. Currently, Abby works with local schools and students who visit the Florida Keys to educate them about Florida’s Coral Reef Tract and Mote’s coral reef research and restoration efforts. Abby is thrilled to be part of Mote’s Education team and with her work at Mote she will continue to work in an effort to bridge the gap between marine science topics and community understanding through science education.


Bachelors in Science in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies, Florida Southern College, 2022

Current Publications

Kakuma, S., Yanagi, T., Sato, T. (2024). “Models for Implementing the Satoumi Concept via Residential Research Institute Collaborations with Citizen Scientists in the United States” in Satoumi Science: Co-creating Social-Ecological Harmony Between Human and the Sea. .
Dziobak MK, Wells RS, Pisarski EC, Wirth EF, Hart LB (2024). A Correlational Analysis of Phthalate Exposure and Thyroid Hormone Levels in Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Sarasota Bay, Florida (2010–2019). Animals, 12.0(824.0).
Patton, P. T., Cheeseman, T., Abe, K., Yamaguchi, T., Reade, W., Southerland, K., Howard, A., Oleson, E. M., Allen, J. B., Ashe, E., Athayde, A., Baird, R. W., Basran, C., Cabrera, E., Calambokidis, J., Cardoso, J., Carrol, E. L., Cesario, A., Cheney, B. J., Corsi, E., Currie, J., Durban, J. W., Falcone, E. A., Fearnbach, H., Flynn, K., Franklin, T., Franklin, W., Galletti Vernazzani, B., Genov, T., Hill, M., Johnston, D. R., Keene, E. L., Mahaffy, S. D., McGuire, T. L., McPherson, L., Meyer, C., Michaud, R., Miliou, A., Orbach, D. N., Pearson, H. C., Rasmussen, M. H., Rayment, W. J., Rinaldi, C., Rinaldi, R., Siciliano, S., Stack, S., Tintore, B., Torres, L. G., Towers, J. R., Trotter, C., Tyson Moore, R., Weir, C. R., Wellard, R., Wells, R., Yano, K. M., Zaescmar, J. R., Bejder, L. (2023). A deep learning approach to photo-identification demonstrates high performance on two dozen cetacean species. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 00, 1-15.
Stephanie M. Rosales, Lindsay K. Huebner, James S. Evans, Amy Apprill, Andrew C. Baker, Cynthia C. Becker, Anthony J. Bellantuono, Marilyn E. Brandt, Abigail S. Clark, Javier del Campo, Caroline E. Dennison , Katherine R. Eaton, Naomi E. Huntley, Christina A. Kellogg, Mónica Medina, Julie L. Meyer, Erinn M. Muller, Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty, Jennifer L. Salerno, William B. Schill, Erin N. Shilling, Julia Marie Stewart and Joshua D. Voss (2023). A meta-analysis of the stony coral tissue loss disease microbiome finds key bacteria in unaffected and lesion tissue in diseased colonies. ISME Journal, 3, 19.
Shikha Grover, Thao Pham, Anna Jones, Cristina Sinobas-Pereira, Marina Villoch Diaz Maurino, Evan C. Garrad, Nyasha J. Makoni, Antanisha Parks, Ryan J. Domalewski, Gabriel Riggio, Hannah An, Kunhua Chen, Michael R. Nichols (2023). A new class of monoclonal Aβ antibodies selectively target and trigger deposition of Aβ protofibrils. Journal of Neurochemistry.
Dr. Kenneth Hoadley, Grant Lockridge, Audrey McQuagge, K. Blue Pahl, Sean Lowry, Sophie Wong, Zachary Craig, Chelsea Petrik, Courtney Klepac, Erinn Muller (2023). A phenomic modeling approach for using chlorophyll-a fluorescence-based measurements on coral photosymbionts. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10, 379.
Shaver, E. C., McLeod, E., Hein, M. Y., Palumbi, S. R., Quigley, K., Vardi, T., Mumby, P. J., Smith, D., Montoya-Maya, P., Muller, E. M., Banaszak, A. T., McLeod, I. M., & Wachenfeld, D. (2024). A roadmap to integrating resilience into the practice of coral reef restoration. Global Change Biology, 28.0, 4751– 4764.
Lu, Haiyan; Toyoda, Jennifer H.; Wise, Sandra S.; Browning, Cynthia L.; Speer, Rachel M.; Croom-Perez, Tayler J.; Bolt, Alicia; Meaza, Idoia; Wise, Sr., John Pierce (2024). A whale of a tale: whale cells evade the driving mechanism for hexavalent chromium-induced chromosome instability. Toxicological Sciences, 199(1), 49-62.
James V. Locascio, Christopher C. Koenig, Christopher R. Malinowski (2023). Absolute Abundance Estimates of Atlantic Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara) on Spawning Aggregation Site. Fishes, 8, 394-407.
Patrick Kiel, Nathan Formel, Mike Jankulak, Andrew Baker, Ross Cunning, David Gilliam, Carly Kenkel, Chris Langdon, Diego Lirman, Caitlin Lustic, Kerry Maxwell, Alison Moudling, Amelia Moura, Erinn Muller, Stephanie Schopmeyer, Scott Winters, Ian Enochs (2023). Acropora cervicornis Data Coordination Hub, an open access database for evaluating genet performance. Bulletin of marine science of the gulf and carribbean, 99(2), 119-136.

Additional Publications

Gravinese, P. M., Smith, A. L., Stewart, S. M., & Paradis, J. (2023). Do pH-variable habitats provide refuge for stone crabs from coastal acifification? Oceanography, 36(1), 59–66.

Jarrett, Morgan L., Smith, Abigail L., Langford, Gabriel J., Gravinese, Philip M. (2024). Lower seawater pH reduces the foraging activity of the Florida stone crab, Menippe mercenaria (Say, 1818) (Decapoda: Brachyura: Menippidae), Journal of Crustacean Biology, 44(2).