William Kirby-Smith

William Kirby-Smith

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. W., and N. M. White. “Bacterial contamination associated with estuarine shoreline development..” Journal of Applied Microbiology 100, no. 4 (April 2006): 648–57. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2005.02797.x.
Kirby-Smith, W. W., M. E. Lebo, and R. B. Herrmann. “Importance of Water Quality to Nekton Habitat Use in a North Carolina Branch Estuary.” Estuaries 26, no. 6 (January 1, 2003): 1480–85. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02803656.
Kirby-Smith, W. W., M. E. Lebo, and R. B. Herrmann. “Nekton variations in tributaries along a hydrologically modified North Carolina estuary.” Estuaries 24, no. 1 (January 1, 2001): 59–68. https://doi.org/10.2307/1352813.
White, N. M., D. E. Line, J. D. Potts, W. Kirby-Smith, B. Doll, and W. F. Hunt. “Jump Run Creek Shellfish Restoration Project.” Journal of Shellfish Research 19, no. 1 (June 2000): 473–76.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
BIOLOGY 493A: Research Independent Study (BIOLOGY 493A: Research Independent Study)

Contact Information

135 Duke Marine Lab Rd
Beaufort, NC 28516


Ph.D., Duke University (1970)