STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Biogeochemist and Coastal Ecologist

May 28, 2020 6:30 PM


Join EarthEcho International as we highlight relatable voices in STEM careers! With STEMExplore, we invite female professionals to share their STEM journey with a live audience during dynamic 45-minute virtual events.

The conversation will focus on women in STEM and the STEMExplore Mentor will share her personal journey and the positive influences that helped her to realize her professional capabilities.

During this 45-minute session, the participants will:
- Learn about biogeochemistry and coastal ecology as a career in general;
- Observe the day to day tasks of a biogeochemist working in coastal ecology;
- Gain insight into a STEM career and learn the steps it takes to become a professional in this area;
- Ask interview questions of the STEMExplore expert.

Date: May 28, 2020 at 6:30 PM EASTERN

Topic/Career: Marine Science, Coastal Ecology, Biogeochemistry

STEMExplore Mentor: Dr. Ashley Smyth, Assistant Professor, University of Florida


Dr. Ashley Smyth

Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Dr. Ashley Smyth studies water quality and nutrient cycles in coastal habitats, like oyster reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. Ashley's interest in biogeochemistry began after an undergrad research experience, where she realized the impact human activities have on nutrient cycles and she really enjoy being covered in mud. Ashley went on earn a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Her research is centered on understanding how coastal habitats, such as oyster reefs, salt marshes and seagrass beds, process and remove nutrients and how human activities alter this ecosystem function. At UF, Ashley is researching the effects of climate change and sea level rise have coastal and marine ecosystems and ways to use coastal habitats for protection.

Classroom Resources

STEMExplore Mentor Reflection Guide

Use this worksheet to allow students to reflect on their experience with a STEMExplore mentor after a Virtual Career Connection.

Science Standards