Tiffany Smythe

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Eastern Regional Network
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Marine Research Associate
University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center
Narragansett, RI

Dr. Tiffany Smythe is a Marine Research Associate with the Coastal Resources Center/Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program and an Adjunct Professor of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. Smythe is a marine policy specialist and social scientist who conducts applied research, outreach, and training on a broad range of ocean and coastal management issues. She specializes in marine governance, ocean planning, offshore renewable energy, coastal climate resilience, and marine ecosystem-based management. Tiffany co-authored and co-facilitated the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP), one of the nation’s first ocean plans which led to the siting of the Block Island Wind Farm, nation’s first offshore wind farm in Rhode Island waters. She is currently co-Principal Investigator of multiple different research projects studying the effects of the wind farm on coastal communities and economies. She is also co-authoring Rhode Island’s Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) which will prepare Rhode Island's coastal communities for the effects of climate change, including storm surge, sea level rise and coastal erosion.

Tiffany has worked on marine issues for over 20 years. She began her career in marine education and has worked in the academic, non-profit and government sectors on topics ranging from oyster aquaculture and restoration to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the Port of New York and New Jersey. Tiffany has master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Affairs from URI as well as bachelor and master’s degrees from Columbia University. She is also a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed ship captain and is on the board of The Coastal Society. She lives well above both current and projected future sea level, but with a winter-only water view (if you stand in just the right corner of the house), in the seaport town of Mystic, Connecticut.