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Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
701 Seaway Drive
Fort Pierce, Florida 34949 USA
phone: 772-462-6220
fax: 772-461-8154

Administrator: Dr. Valerie Paul, 772-462-0982

Smithsonian Marine Station staff share a common mailing address and fax number.
Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Time.
Email addresses are or

Resident Research Staff

Benthic Ecology Program

• Dr. Jessica Lunt 
Biologist, 772-462-0973
• Katrina Bayliss 
Research Assistant
• Michelle Stephens  
Research Assistant, 772-462-0992

Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program

• Zachary Foltz  
Station Manager (Carrie Bow Cay), Dive Safety Officer, 772-462-6212
• M. Scott Jones  
Program Coordinator, 772-462-6211

Chemical Ecology Program

Dr. Valerie Paul 
Head Scientist, 772-462-0982
• Dr. Justin Campbell 
Biologist, 772-462-0999
• Dr. Sarath Gunasekera  
Research Chemist, 772-462-0981
• L. J. Houk 
Biological Technician, 772-462-0981
Dr. Jennifer Sneed 
Biologist, 772-462-0988
• Larissa Dos Santos M.Sc. 
Intern, 772-462-6201
• Sharon Thompson 
Intern, 772-462-0988
• Audrey Looby 
Intern, 772-462-0988

Life Histories Program

Dr. Michael J. Boyle 
Biologist, 772-462-0987
Dr. Mary E. Rice 
Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, 772-462-0987
• Dr. Judith Winston  
Research Associate

Spatial Ecology of Marine Protected Areas Program

• Steven Canty M.Sc. 
Program Coordinator, 202-633-1615

Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) employees based at SMS

Dean Janiak M.Sc. 
Biologist 772-462-0991

Administrative Staff

• Joan Kaminski  
Administrative Officer, 772-462-0977

Support and Marine Operations

David Branson M.Sc. 
Biological Science Tech, UAV Pilot, 772-462-0998
• William (Woody) Lee M.B.S.  
Research Specialist, Skipper of R/V Sunburst, 772-462-0978
• Sherry Reed  
The Station Manager, 772-462-0986

Marine Ecosystems Exhibit Staff

• Jasmine Fox  
Marine Biology Educator, 772-465-3273
• William Hoffman  
Ecosystems Exhibit Manager, 772-465-3273
• Katherine (Katie) Skura 
Marine Technician, 772-465-3273
• Yashira Cruz Rodriguez 
Intern, 772-465-3273


Postdoctoral Fellows

• Dr. Thomas Sauvage  
George Burch Fellow Oct 2016 - Apr 2018, 772-462-6201
• Dr. Iris Segura-Garcia  
August 2014 - August 2017, 772-462-0993
• Dr. Skylar Carlson  
July 2017 - Dec 2019, 772-462-0985
• Dr. L. Holly Sweat  
August 2017 - Sept 2019, 772-462-6216

Graduate Fellows

Link/Smithsonian Graduate Fellows

• Teal Harrison - U of Michigan. 
June - Aug 2017
• Lunden Simpson - Clemson Univ.  
June - Sept 2017
• Victoria Bogantes - Auburn Univ. 
Aug - Oct 2017
• Diana Chin - Stony Brook Univ. 
Sept 2017 - Jan 2018


• Sunkanmi Akintoye 
Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory Intern (May-Nov)


Diane Barbret Chloe Lloyd
Ellen Butler Jodie McClure
Gloria Clifford Chad McDonie
Alonnah Creswell Randy Migliano
Emily Combs Evan Branson
Jessica Espinosa Patricia Neal
Nancy Evans Ashley Petticrew
Nichole Gaza Kaitlynn Pike
Kelly Grogan Michael Pipes
John Hallam Barry Smith
Khalila Haque Marjorie Taylor
Kim Honig Valerie Vericella
Judy Keicher Cameryn Weaver
Debbie Langley Peter Worch
Paul Laura Beverly Yoshioka
Marvin Lesman Paul Yoshioka
Kendall Lee Patricia Zangrillo

Offsite Research Associates and Collaborators

• Dr. J. Antonio Baeza 
Research Collaborator
• Dr. Mark Clementz  
Research Collaborator, University of Wyoming
• Dr. Loren Coen 
Research Collaborator, Florida Atlantic University at HBOI
• Dr. Donna Devlin  
Research Collaborator, Florida Atlantic University
• Dr. Joseph Dineen  
Research Associate
• Dr. Amy Erickson  
Research Collaborator, Louisiana State University at Shreveport
• Dr. Darryl Felder
Research Associate, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
• Dr. Sarah Frias Torres 
Research Collaborator
• Dr. Paul Hargraves  
Research Associate, retired University of Rhode Island
• Dr. Rick Hochberg  
Research Associate, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
• Dr. Charles Jacoby 
Research Collaborator, Indian River Lagoon Nat. Estuary Program
• Dr. Charles (Ed) Proffitt  
Research Associate, Florida Atlantic University
• Dr. Melany Puglisi Weening 
Research Associate, Chicago State University
• Dr. Adelaide Rhodes 
Research Collaborator, Oregon State University
• Dr. Susan Richardson  
Research Associate, Florida Atlantic University
• Dr. Cliff Ross  
Research Associate, University of North Florida
• Dr. Scott Santagata  
Research Associate, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus
• Dr. Koty Sharp 
Research Collaborator, Eckerd College

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
701 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949
Phone 772-462-6220, Fax 772-461-8154

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