Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Marine Ecology
Dr. Kirby-Smith's research interests in marine ecology are broadly based. In the past, his research projects have involved studies of community ecology in aquatic systems extending from the interface between rivers and estuaries to the edge of the continental shelf. His current research interests are in applied ecology, especially the restoration of aquatic systems (e.g. marshes, agricultural ditches, storm water drainage systems) at the freshwater/saltwater interface and in the ecology of fecal coliform bacteria as they impact management of shellfish resources. He has a number of collaborative projects with the NC State University Agricultural Extension Service and with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill focused upon improving estuarine water quality. Although not an active part of his current research, he maintains an interest in the basic biology of suspension feeding invertebrates.
Kirby-Smith, , W, , and White, NM. "Bacterial contamination associated with estuarine shoreline development (Accepted)." Journal of Applied Microbiology (2005). (Academic Article)
Kirby Smith, W, Lebo, M, and Herrmann, R. "Importance of water quality to nekton habitat use in a North Carolina branch estuary." Estuaries 26, no. 6 (2003): 1480-1485. (Academic Article)
Kirby-Smith, WW, Lebo, ME, and Herrmann, RB. "Nekton Variations in Tributaries along a Hydrologically Modified North Carolina Estuary." Estuaries 24, no. 1 (February 2001): 59-59.
The Arcadia Cruise: Assessing long-term changes in tropical reef-coral distribution awarded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows Program of the Duke University Marine Laboratory awarded by National Science Foundation
The social and economic impact of temporary shellfishing closures: A pilot project awarded by NC Sea Grant
Dissertation Research: The Roles of Heterotrophic Nitrogen and Autotropic Carbon in Amino Acid Synthesis by Reef Corals awarded by National Science Foundation
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd
Beaufort, NC 28516
Ph.D., Duke University (1970)