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

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

Current Work

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


Carrillo, L., J.T. Lamkin, E.M. Johns, L. Vásquez-Yeomans, F. Sosa-Cordero, E. Malca, R.H. Smith, T. Gerard, 2017: Linking oceanographic processes and marine resources in the western Caribbean Sea large marine ecosystem subarea. Env. Dev., 22, 84-96. doi:10.1016/j.envdev.2017.01.004. [pdf]

Carrillo, L., E.M. Johns, R.H. Smith, J.T. Lamkin, J.L. Largier, 2016: Pathways and hydrography in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System Part 2: Water masses and thermohaline structure. Cont. Shelf Res., 120, 41-58. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2016.03.014. [pdf]

Lee, T.N., N.Melo, N. Smith, E.M. Johns, C.R. Kelble, R.H. Smith, and P.B. Ortner, 2016: Circulation and water renewal of Florida Bay. Bull. Mar. Sci. Sci., 92(2), 1-28, doi:10.5343/bms.2015.1019. [pdf]

Carrillo, L., E.M. Johns, R.H. Smith, J.T. Lamkin, and J.L. Largier, 2015: Pathways and upper hydrography in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, Part 1: Circulation. Cont. Shelf Res., 109, 164-176, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2015.09.014. [pdf]

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 Ocean., 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.A., 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, B.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, T.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]


Selected Posters

Smith, R.H., and E.M. Johns, 2014: Deepwater Horizon Science. AOML Program Review, Miami, FL March 4-6, 2014. [pdf]

Smith, R.H., T.L. Gerard, E.M. Johns, and J.T. Lamkin, 2008: Fisheries Oceanography in the Virgin Islands: Preliminary Results from a Collaborative Research Endeavor, EOS Trans. AGU, 89(23), Jt. Assem. Suppl., Abstract OS43A-02. [pdf]

Smith, R.H., P.B. Ortner, V.H. Kourafalou, T.N. Lee, E.M. Johns, S.R. Cummings, C.R. Kelble, and C. Hu., 2006: Post-Katrina pollutant and contaminant pathways: downstream transport or local retention?, EOS Trans. AGU, 87(36), Ocean Sci. Meet. Suppl., Abstract OS16H-18. [pdf]

Smith, R.H., E.M. Johns, S.R. Cummings, P.B. Ortner, C.R. Kelble, N. Melo, and T.N. Lee. The influence of the 2005 hurricane season on water quality in Florida Bay and surrounding coastal waters. Proceedings, 2005 Florida Bay and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Conference, Duck Key, FL December 11-14, 2005. University of Florida, 146-147 2005. [pdf]

Bitterman, D., R.H. Smith, W.D. Wilson, N. Melo, and T.N. Lee. Florida Bay shallow water surface drifter. Proceedings, 2003 Joint Conference on the Science and Restoration of the Greater Everglades and Florida Bay Ecosystem, Palm Harbor, FL April 13-18, 2003. University of Florida, 56-58 2003. [pdf]

Smith, R.H., E.M. Johns, W.D. Wilson, T.N. Lee, and E. Williams. Moored observations of salinity variability in Florida Bay and south Florida coastal waters on daily to interannual time scales. Proceedings, 2001 Florida Bay and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Conference, Key Largo, FL, April 23-26, 2001. University of Florida, 42-43 2001. [pdf]