National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Physical Oceanography Division

Ryan H. Smith


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Miami, FL 33149, USA
Phone: (305) 361-4328

Research Interests

  • Regional circulation of south Florida coastal waters
  • Circulation patterns and water mass transport into and out of the Caribbean Sea
  • Implementation of moored oceanographic sensor arrays
  • Development of real-time oceanographic monitoring stations
  • Lowered and hull-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler applications

Current Work

  • Connectivity of the Pulley Ridge and the South Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem [link]
  • Intra-Americas Sea Biophysical Connectivity: SEFSC/ELH - AOML/PhOD collaborative projects [link]
  • Florida Current Transport: Western Boundary Time Series in the Atlantic Ocean (WBTS) [link]
  • AOML South Florida Studies / South Florida Regional Observing System [link]


Johns, E. M ., B. A. Muhling, R. C. Perez , F. E. Muller-Karger, N. Melo , R. H. Smith , J. T. Lamkin, T. L. Gerard, and E. Malca, 2014: Amazon River water in the northeastern Caribbean Sea and its effect on larval reef fish assemblages during April 2009. Fisheries Oceanogr. ,23(6), 472-494, doi:10.1111/fog.12082. [pdf]

Smith, R.H., E.M. Johns, G.J. Goni, J. Trinanes, R. Lumpkin, A.M. Wood, C.R. Kelble, S.R. Cummings, J.T. Lamkin and S. Privoznik, 2014: Oceanographic conditions in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010, during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Cont. Shelf Res., 77:118-131. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.12.009. [pdf]

Muhling, B., R.H. Smith, L. Vasque-Yeomans, J. Lamkin, E.M. Johns, L. Carrillo, E. Sosa-Cordero, and E. Malca, 2013: Larval fish assemblages and mesoscale oceanographic structure along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Fish. Ocean., 22(5):409-428, doi: 10.1111/fog.12031. [pdf]

Zhao, J., C. Hu, B. Lapointe, N. Melo, E.M Johns, and R.H Smith, 2013: Satellite-observed black water events off Southwest Florida: Implications for coral reef health in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Remote Sens., 5:415-431, doi:10.3390/rs5010415. [pdf]

Smith, R.H., and E.M. Johns, 2012: Tropical Connections: South Florida's marine environment. Chapter 2, Oceanographic Connectivity, "Oceanographic data are collected in many different ways". Kruczynski W.L., Fletcher P.J., (eds.). ISBN 978-0-9822305-3-4. [pdf]

Muhling, Barbara A., J.T. Lamkin, J.M. Quattro, R.H. Smith, M.A. Roberts, M.A. Roffer, and K. Ramirez, 2011: Collection of larval bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) outside documented western Atlantic spawning grounds. Bull. Mar. Sci., 87(3):687-694. [pdf]

Lee, Thomas N., N. Melo, E.M. Johns, C.R. Kelble, R.H. Smith, and P.B. Ortner, 2008: On Water Renewal and Salinity Variability in the Northeast Subregion of Florida Bay. Bull. Mar. Sci., 82(1), 83-105. [pdf]

Kelble, C.R., E.M. Johns, W.K. Nuttle, T.N. Lee, R.H. Smith, and P.B. Ortner, 2007: Salinity patterns of Florida Bay. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, 71(1-2):318-334. [pdf]

Lee, T.N., E.M. Johns, N. Melo, R.H. Smith, P.B. Ortner, and N. Smith, 2006: On Florida Bay hypersalinity and water exchange. Bull. Mar. Sci., 79(2):301-327. [pdf]