Rhea Sanders-Smith is a benthic biogeochemical ecologist who studies estuarine and nearshore habitats, such as seagrass beds and soft sediments. She helps integrate technologies like sensors and genetic tools in conjunction with standard field ecology to document energy flow and biodiversity in coastal marine ecosystems.
Rhea received her graduate degree from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) in chemical oceanography and benthic ecology. She worked in the Ocean Ecology Division of the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University for 8 years. She coordinated research cruises and gained experience working with a variety of oceanographic equipment and sensor technology to quantify benthic respiration rates, communities and carbon dynamics.
Contact: rhea.smith [at] hakai.org