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Tiffany Smythe, Ph.D.

Government Maritime Policy, Strategy and Governance, Assistant Professor Department of Humanities

Tiffany SmytheDr. Tiffany Smythe is a marine policy specialist with over 20 years of experience working on marine issues. Dr. Smythe specializes in marine governance and planning for future ocean uses and management challenges including offshore renewable energy and changing environmental conditions. In the Department of Humanities, she teaches courses in maritime, environmental and public policy and American Government, and advises advanced research projects focused on coastal and marine governance. She has conducted both academic and applied research on offshore wind farms and the practices of marine spatial planning, coastal storm planning and recovery, and marine ecosystem-based management. Past projects focused on Coast Guard missions include analyses of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy (2012) and the San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee’s planning for the 34th America’s Cup races (2012-2013). Her research has been published in journals including Marine Policy, Ocean and Coastal Management, Coastal Management, and Energy Research and Social Science. Dr. Smythe has previously taught at the University of Rhode Island and Sea Education Association (a program of Boston University). Dr. Smythe has also worked as a marine policy professional for the government, private, and non-profit sectors, and was part of the team who led the planning and siting process for the Block Island Wind Farm, the United States’ first offshore wind farm. Prior to her career in marine policy, Dr. Smythe worked in sail training and marine education, earning a U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner license and sailing the western North Atlantic, the Caribbean and the coast of South America aboard sail training ships. Dr. Smythe has Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Rhode Island and Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Columbia University. She lives with her husband in Mystic, CT.

Education

  • Ph.D. Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island
  • M.A. Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island
  • M.A. Education, Columbia University
  • B.A. History, Columbia University

Courses Taught

  • Maritime Policy and Strategy
  • Environmental Policy and Ethics
  • Advanced Research Project: Marine Governance
  • Public Policymaking
  • American Government
  • Selected Topics in Maritime Studies: Politics of the Ocean
  • Selected Topics in Maritime Studies: Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Selected Topics in Maritime Studies: Federal Ocean Policy
  • Selected Topics in Maritime Studies: Ocean and Coastal Governance

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Smythe, T., R. Thompson and C. Garcia-Quijano. 2019. “The Importance of Brokers in Collaborative Ecosystem-Based Management of Social-Ecological Systems.” Coastal Management 47:5, 473-491.
  • Smythe, T. and J. McCann. 2019. “Achieving integration in the practice of MSP: lessons from the U.S. experience.” Ocean and Coastal Management 167: 197-207. Invited submission to special edition, M. Gilek, H. Calado, K. Gee, S. Kidd and F. Saunders, guest editors.
  • Saunders, F., J. Gilek, J. Day, B. Hassler, J. McCann, and T. Smythe. 2019. “Examining the role of integration in marine spatial planning: Towards an analytical framework to understand challenges in diverse settings.” Ocean and Coastal Management 169: 1-9. Invited submission to special edition, M. Gilek, H. Calado, K. Gee, S. Kidd and F. Saunders, guest editors.
  • C. Gilbert, H. Smith, D. Bidwell, T. Smythe, A. Moore, J. McCann & E. Miller. 2019. “Gatekeeping and communities in energy transition: A study of the Block Island Wind Farm. Environmental Communication. Published online 24 Jan 2019.
  • Bowman, R. and T. Smythe. 2019. “Conceptualizing Maritime Governance: Addressing the challenges of the modern maritime environment. Proceedings of the Marine Safety and Security Council, the Coast Guard Journal of Safety at Sea. Fall 2019: 6-12.
  • Smythe, T., H. Smith, A. Moore, D. Bidwell, J. McCann, S. Poli and S. Matherson. 2019. Identifying Indicators of Offshore Wind Benefits. Prepared by the University of Rhode Island for the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. BOEM OCS Study, Contract No. M16PC00016.
  • Smythe, T. and J. McCann. 2018. “Lessons learned in marine governance: Case studies of marine spatial planning practice in the U.S.” Marine Policy 94: 227-237.
  • Washburn, E., T. Smythe, P. Wiley, C. Feurt and T. Ryan. 2018. “Applying ecosystem services to the practice of coastal management: An overview.” Introduction to special theme issue, “Applying Ecosystem Services to the Practice of Coastal Management: Understanding Values, guest editors T. Smythe and E. Washburn. Coastal Management 46: 4, 235-241.
  • Smith, H., T. Smythe, A. Moore, D. Bidwell and J. McCann. 2018. “The social dynamics of turbine tourism: Introducing a mixed-methods approach to the study of the first U.S. offshore wind farm.” Energy Research & Social Science 45: 307-317.
  • Smythe, T. and D. Bidwell. 2018. Identifying Indicators of Offshore Wind Benefits: Focus Groups. Prepared by the University of Rhode Island for the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. BOEM OCS Study, Contract No. M16PC00016.
  • Smythe, T. 2017. “Marine spatial planning as a tool for regional ocean governance? An analysis of the New England ocean planning network. Ocean and Coastal Management 135: 11-24.
  • Smythe, T. “The Impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the Port of New York and New Jersey: Lessons Learned for Port Recovery and Resilience.” Book chapter in Ng, A., Becker, A., Cahoon, S., Chen, S., Yang, Z. and Earl, P. Eds. 2015. Climate Change and Adaptation Planning for Ports. New York: Routledge.
  • Smythe, T. and R. Thompson. 2014. “Conceptualizing Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management: A Mental Models Approach.” Society and Natural Resources 0:1-19 (online).
  • Smythe, T., R. Thompson and C. Garcia-Quijano. 2014. “The Inner Workings of Collaboration in Marine Ecosystem-Based Management: A Social Network Analysis Approach.” Marine Policy 50: 117-125.
  • Sturgis, L., T. Smythe and A. Tucci. 2014. Port Recovery in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Improving Port Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change. Voices in the Field Report, Center for a New American Security. Available online at www.cnas.org.
  • Smythe, T. May 2013. “Assessing the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the Port of New York and New Jersey’s Maritime Responders and Response Infrastructure.” Quick Response Report No. 238, University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center. Available online at www.colorado.edu/hazards.
  • Smythe, T. March 2014. “With A Little Help From My Friends: How Social Capital Enhances MTS Recovery and Border Security.” Proceedings of the Marine Safety and Security Council, the Coast Guard Journal of Safety at Sea. Smythe, T. October 2013. “Marine Planning: Building Social Capital Through Collaboration.” Proceedings of the Marine Safety and Security Council, the Coast Guard Journal of Safety at Sea.
  • Smythe, T. 2010. “Can Coastal Management Programs Protect and Promote Water-Dependent Uses?” Coastal Management 38 (6): 665-680.
  • Anthony, A., T. Smythe, and 19 other authors. 2009. “Coastal Lagoons and Climate Change: Ecological and Social Ramifications in Temperate Ecosystems.” Ecology and Society 14 (1): 8.
  • Thompson, R., R. Burroughs, & T. Smythe. 2006. “Exploring the Connections Between Ferries and Urban Form: Some Considerations Before Jumping on Board.” Journal of Urban Technology 13:2, 25-52.

Honors

  • Fellow, Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, Connecticut College, 2019-present
  • Senior Fellow, University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute, 2016-present
  • Senior Fellow, Environmental Leadership Program, 2012-present
  • National Science Foundation Coastal Institute IGERT Project Doctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for Society and Natural Resources
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • The Coastal Society

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