Katie Smyth

Dr Katie Smyth

Marine Ecophysiologist

Faculty of Science and Engineering


01482 466795

Katie leads working groups in both EU and Research Council-funded projects related to the marine environment, climate change and aquaculture.

Experienced in ecotoxicology and ecophysiology, and risk assessment and risk management, her work focuses on how natural and anthropogenic environmental change affects marine organisms and the marine environment.

Katie is interested in shellfish fisheries and aquaculture, and works with local industries in these areas, exploring ways to improve production and success.

She is skilled in project management, budgeting, statistical and data analysis, and supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate level students.


Research Interests

  • Marine and coastal biology

  • Aquaculture

  • Climate change

  • Shellfisheries

  • Ecophysiology

  • Ecotoxicology

  • Environmental risk assessment and management

Research groups

Led the risk assessment task for the EU-funded CERES project on the effects of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture; and led workgroups in the BBSRC/NERC Arch-UK aquaculture initiative network

EU research

  • ARCH-UK – BBSRC/NERC aquaculture initiative. Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub. Network aiming to solve issues with sustainable aquaculture growth in the UK. Work Group 7c and Work Group 8 Leader (2017-2021)

  • CERES – H2020 project which investigates the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture. Task 5.1 leader. (2016-2020)

  • VECTORS – FP7 project ivestigating drivers, pressures and vectors of change in marine life and its impact on marine economic sectors. Deliverable 6.5 co-leader (2011-2015)

  • ACRUNET – INTERREG project using the combination of biological knowledge together with innovative technology use to improve the quality and survival of live crab for human consumption within Europe. Task 6.1 leader. (2013-2015)

Other research collaborations

Coal Authority UK Government (2016-2017), Environment Agency and Mott MacDonald (2016), Oil & Gas UK (2015-16), Jacobs / Scottish and Southern Energy (2015), Peel Ports (2015), Defra (2014-15), Aberdeen harbour (2013), Natural England (2013), HEIF (2013-14), Jacobs / Scottish and Southern Energy (2007-2011)


Smyth, K., and Elliott M., 'Part II: Ecological Responses, Chapter 9. Effects of changing salinity on the ecology of the marine environment', in Solan, M., and Whiteley, N.,(Eds) Stressors in the Marine Environment: physiological responses and ecological implications, Open University Press (2016)

Smyth, K., Christie, N., Burdon, D., Atkins, JP., Barnes, R., and Elliott M., 'Renewables-to-Reefs? - Decommissioning options for the offshore wind power industry', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 90 (1-2): 247-58 (2015)

Burdon, D., Boyes, S.J., Elliott, M., Smyth, K., Atkins, J.P., Barnes, R.A. & Wurzel, R.K., 'Integrating natural and social marine science to sustainably manage vectors of change: Dogger Bank transnational case study', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (2015)

Christie, N, Smyth, K, Barnes, RA, and Elliott, M., 'Co-location of activities and designations: a means of solving or creating problems in marine spatial planning?', Marine Policy, 43: 254-261 (2014)

Smyth, K., Mazik, K., and Elliott, M., 'Behavioural effects of hypersaline exposure on the lobster Homarus gammarus (L) and the crab Cancer pagurus (L)', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 457: 208-214 (2014)

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Research PhDs

Katie welcomes applications for postgraduate projects in the areas of marine ecophysiology and ecotoxicology, shellfisheries (molluscs and crustaceans) and aquaculture (molluscs, crustaceans and algae).

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Effects of hypersalinity of the behaviour, physiology and survival of commercially important North Sea crustaceans (University of Hull)

  • MSc (with distinction) Coastal and Estuarine Science and Management (University of Hull)

  • BSc (Hons, 1:1) Biology (University of Hull)

Awards and accolades

  • HOTA Offshore Personal Survival Techniques (PST)

  • MRSB – Royal Society of Biology

  • PRIMER multivariate statistics training, University of Hull

  • PGCert in Research Training, University of Hull

  • R statistical analysis training, University of Hull