Sarah Smith is a coastal manager with the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Sea Grant. She joined CRC in 2009 and is currently facilitating the National Oceans Partnership Program project developing environmental protocols and modeling tools to support ocean renewable energy and stewardship, as well as serving as the topic lead for developing protocols for monitoring fish and fishing activities as part of this project. During her time as a graduate student, Sarah worked as a research assistant for the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Social Sciences Branch on projects involving fishing communities, and as a graduate research assistant for URI studying marine protected areas in the Caribbean. In the May of 2011 she will receive her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island in Marine Affairs. Her Ph.D. research, funded by an NSF grant, evaluated stakeholder participation in the cooperative management of marine protected areas in the Caribbean. She holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, and a B.A. in French from Hamilton College.