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David C. Smith
Professor of Oceanography
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography
CIB 227
(401) 874-6172

Educational Background

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD)
California State University, Long Beach

Areas of Specialization


David Smith's current research interests include marine microbial ecology, particularly the microbiology of deeply buried marine sediments.


David Smith currently teaches a graduate level course in marine microbial ecology (OCG 576), an introductory level course for marine biology freshmen (BIO 130), and co-teaches an upper level undergraduate general oceanography course (OCG 451)


GEMS-Net Mentor; National Ocean Science Bowl


Ellen Keane
Andrew Staroscik
Marek Kirs
Heather Saffert
Liwei Zhu


Google Scholar Publications

Maranda L, Cox AM, Campbell RG, Smith DC. 2013. Chlorine dioxide as a treatment for ballast water to control invasive species: Shipboard testing.  Marine Pollution Bulletin. 75: 76-89.

Prieto-Davó, A, Villarreal-Gómez, LJ, Forschner-Dancause, S, Bull, AT, Stach, JEM, Smith, DC, Rowley, DC, and Jensen, PR. 2013. Targeted search for novel actinomycetes from near-shore and deep-sea marine sediments. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1574-6941.12082

Kallmeyer, J, Pockalny, R, Adhikari, RR, Smith, DC, and D'Hondt, S 2012 Global distribution of microbial abundance and biomass in subseafloor sediment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 10.1073/pnas.1203849109

Forschner-Dancause, S, LaPlante, K, Smith, DC, and Rowley, DC. 2012. Going deep for drug discovery: An ocean to bedside approach to explore sub-seafloor microbes for the next generation of antibiotics. 2012. Medicine and Health, Rhode Island. 95: 292-293.

D'Hondt, S. and Smith, DC 2011 Editorial: The importance of being earnestly integrated. Enivronmental Microbiology Reports 3:5-6. (pdf)

Soffientino, B, Spivack, AJ, Smith, DC, and D'Hondt, S 2009 Hydrogenase Activity in Deeply Buried Sediments of the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans. Geomicrobiology Journal 26: 537 - 545. (pdf)

Kallmeyer, J, and Smith, DC. 2009. An improved method for separation of DNA from humic substances in marine sediments by electroelution. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 69: 125-131.

Montgomery, MT, Boyd, TJ, Osburn, CL, and Smith, DC 2009 PAH mineralization and bacterial organotolerance in surface sediments of the Charleston Harbor Estuary. Biodegradation DOI 10.1007/s10532-009-9298-3. (pdf)

Forschner, S., Sheffer, RG, Rowley, DC, and Smith, DC 2008 Microbial diversity in Cenozoic sediments recovered from the Lomonosov Ridge in the Central Arctic Basin. Environmental Microbiology. 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01834.x

Kallmeyer J, Smith DC, Spivack AJ, D'Hondt S 2008. A new cell extraction prodecure applied to deep subsurface sediments. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 6:236-245.(pdf)

McGarvey, ST, Buszin J, Reed, H, Smith DC, Rahman Z., Andrezejewski C, Awusabo-Asare K, and White MJ, 2008, Community and household determinants of water quality in coastal Ghana. Journal of Water and Health. 6: 339-349. (pdf)

Durbin EG, Casas MC, Rynearson T, Smith DC 2008 A novel method for measuring in situ rates of predation on different species of copepods using Q-PCR. Mar Biol DOI 10.1007/s00227-007-0843-5 (pdf)

Dickens, GR, M Koelling, DC Smith, L Schnieders, and IODP Expedition 302 Scientists. 2007. Rhizon sampling of pore waters on scientific drilling expeditions: An example from IODP Expedition 302, Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX). Scientific Drilling Journal. 4: 22-25. (pdf)

Kirs M, Smith DC 2007 Multiplex quantitative real-time RT-PCR for the F+ specific RNA coliphages: A method for use in microbial source tracking. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73:808-814. (pdf)

Smith DC, D'Hondt S. 2006. Life in deep subseafloor sediments. Oceanography 19: 58-70. (pdf)

Soffientino B, Spivack AJ, Smith DC, Roggenstein EB, D’Hondt S 2006. A versatile and sensitive tritium-based radioassay for measuring Hydrogenase activity in aquatic sediments. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 66: 136-146. (pdf)


Walsh, EA, D'Hondt, S, Smith, DC, Pockalny, R, and Sogin, M 2011.  Assessing biogeographic patterns in bacterial community structures from sea-surface to sub-seafloor from three Pacific Ocean stations. AGU. San Francisco 5-9 Dec.

Cox, A.M., Maranda, L., and Smith, D.C., 2009, Bacterial response following chlorine dioxide treatment of ballast water, 16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species: 19 - 23 April. Montreal.

Maranda, L., Campbell, R.G., Cox, A.M., and Smith, D.C., 2009, Chlorine Dioxide as a Treatment for Ballast Water to Control Invasive Species: Shipboard Testing, 16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species: 19 - 23 April. Montreal.

Smith DC (2008) Microorganisms living deep within marine sediments Ocean Sciences Meeting, Orlando.  2-7 March 2008.

Maranda L, Campbell RG, Cox AM, Smith DC, Hasson MD (2007) Treatment of ballast water with chlorine dioxide to control invasive species under actual shipping conditions 15th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

McGarvey ST, Buszin J, Smith DC, Reed H, Awusabo-Asare-K, White MJ (2006) Determinants of Household Water Quality in Coastal Ghana. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Atlanta, GA

Smith, D.C. 2006. Gaining Access to the Marine Subsurface Biosphere through the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. International Symposium on Microbial Ecology. Vienna, Austria. 20 - 25 August 2006.

Saffert, H., D. C. Smith, A. Hanson, and E. Morin. 2006. An autonomous submersible analyzer for indicator bacteria. Eos Trans. AGU 87: Abstract OS45D-28.

Soffientino, B., A. J. Spivack, D. C. Smith, S. D'Hondt, and IODP Expedition 307 Party. 2006. Hydrogenase activity as an indicator of microbial activity and as a proxy of microbial community metabolism in deeply buried marine sediments. Astrobiology 9: 235.


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