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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

Marine Ecology Program

Dr. C. Seabird McKeon 
Research Biologist, 772-462-0998
• Katrina Bayliss 
Research Assistant, 772-462-0992
• Erin Fryauff  
Research Assistant, 772-462-0992
• Jillian Lunt 
• Malcolm Mossop 
• Michelle Stephens  
Research Assistant, 772-462-0992

Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program

• Zachary Foltz  
Station Manager, 772-462-6212
• Michael 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, 772-462-0975
• L. J. Houk  
Biological Technician, 772-462-0988
• Arthur Simas Domingos  
• Dr. Jennifer Sneed 
Biologist, 772-462-0988

Life Histories Program

Dr. Mary E. Rice 
Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, 772-462-0987

Spatial Ecology of Marine Protected Areas Program

Dr. Stephen Box 
Program Coordinator, 772-462-0984

Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) employees based at SMS

Dean Janiak  
Biologist 772-462-0991

Visiting Scientists

Dr. Max Teplitski  
University of Florida, (George Burch Fellow) Feb 2012 - Aug 2017

Support and Administrative Staff

SMS employees

• Laura Diederick  
Education Specialist, 772-462-6216
• Joan Kaminski  
Administrative Officer, 772-462-0977
• William (Woody) Lee  
Research Specialist, 772-462-0978
• Julie Piraino  
Laboratory Manager, 772-462-0983
• Sherry Reed 
Station Manager, 772-462-0986
SERC employees based at SMS

John Paul Kennedy 
Biological Science Technician, 772-462-0974
Lorae Simpson  
Biological Science Technician, 772-462-0974

Marine Ecosystems Exhibit Staff

• Neal Asthana 
Marine Technician, 772-465-3273
• Jasmine Fox  
Marine Biology Educator, 772-465-3273
• Lindsey Gravette 
Intern, 772-465-3273
• William Hoffman  
Ecosystems Exhibit Manager, 772-465-3273
• Cristin Krasco  
Marine Biology Educator, 772-465-3273
• Tanya Ramseyer 
Contractor, 772-465-3273
• Sonia Veiga  
Contract Educator, 772-465-3273


Postdoctoral Fellows

• Dr. Iliana Chollett  
July 2014 - July 2017, 772-462-0993
• Dr. Courtney Cox  
Feb 2015 - Feb 2016, 772-462-0993
• Dr. Christopher Freeman 
January 2013 - January 2016, 772-462-0989
• Dr. Eva Galimany 
January 2015 - January 2017, 772-462-0985
• Dr. Jessica Lunt 
September 2014 - September 2015, 772-462-0992
• Dr. Iris Segura-Garcia  
August 2014 - February 2015, 772-462-0993
• Dr. Alexander Tilley 
December 2014 - November 2017, 772-462-0993
• Dr. Nathan Truelove 
January 2014 - October 2015, 772-462-0993

Predoctoral Fellow

• Juliana Lopez 
December 2014 - July 2016, 772-462-0993

Smithsonian Institution Graduate Fellow

• Angelo Spadaro 
September 2015 - December 2015

Link Foundation/Smithsonian Institution Graduate Fellows

• Chelsea Metzgar
May 2015 - August 2015
• Rachel Smith
June - Sept 2015
• Kimani Kitson-Walters
Oct 2015 - Jan 2016


• Lynn Holly Sweat  
Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory


Alex Allen Jodie McClure
Diane Barbret Dianne McKee
John Bauer Randy Migliano
Susan Bennett Dorothy Miller
Ellen Butler Patricia Neal
Bryan Danson Anne Nguyen
Emily Dark Amy Rubio
Deanna Derosia Jeffrey Shipley
Arthur Domingos Erika Steele
Aiden Dowell Tom Tasker
Jessica Espinosa David Todd
Nichole Gaza Jeanne Tyson
John Hallam Peter Tyson
Eric Heideman Angelo Ventrilla
Loong Fai Ho Raymond Weatherdon
Harry Hoffman IV Richard Weidner
Charles Kennedy Diamond Wilson
Debbie Langley Peter Worch
Chloe Lloyd 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
• Dr. Judith Winston  
Research Associate, Virginia Museum of Natural History

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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