Nicola Smith

NSmith_photoMy degrees

Hons. B.Sc. (with High Distinction), University of Toronto

M.Sc., University of British Columbia

What I am now

PhD student


My research

Broadly speaking, I am interested in biological invasions and coral reef fish ecology. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to biodiversity worldwide, while coral reef fish are vital to the ecology and economy of island states.  My research meets at the intersection of these two topics, and focuses on the Indo-Pacific lionfish invasion in the Caribbean.  Using field experiments, surveys, meta-analyses and modeling, I aim to quantify the impacts of the lionfish invasion on both the ecology and economy of small-island developing states.  I also aim to assess the viability of various lionfish control options that are currently being used in the Caribbean.