Lee Smee, Ph.D.

Lee Smee, Ph.D.

Chair of University Programs, Senior Marine Scientist II

Associate Professor of Marine Science, University of South Alabama Research Scientist, Life Sciences Department, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi


Dr. Smee is Chair of University Programs and Senior Marine Scientist II. He also holds positions of Associate Professor of Marine Science at USA and Research Scientist in the Life Sciences Department at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Dr. Smee received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech where he investigated how small-scale turbulence affected chemical signaling between predators and prey and influenced top-down forcing in soft sediment communities. His lab has conducted studies in rocky intertidal communities in Maine as well as oyster, marsh, and seagrass communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Current research topics in his lab include oyster reef ecology, mangrove encroachment, pesticide effects on blue crabs, and biogeography of seagrass communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Smee is an Eagle Scout and assistant scoutmaster of Troop 292 in Mobile, Alabama. 


Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006 
MS, Georgia Southern University, 1998
BS, Piedmont College, 1996

Research Interest



  • 2018

    Scherer, A.E., C.E. Bird, M. R. McCutcheon, X. Hu, D.L. Smee. Two-tiered defense strategy may compensate for predator avoidance costs of an ecosystem engineer. Marine Biology. 165.8; 131.

  • Schroeder-Spain, K., L.L. Fisher, and D.L. Smee.. Uncoordinated: Effects of sublethal malathion and carbaryl exposures on juvenile and adult blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 504; 1-9.

  • Correia, K.M. and D.L. Smee.. Organophosphate Pesticides Alter Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) Behavior in Single and Consecutive Exposures Archives of environmental contamination and toxicology. 75.1; 134-144.

  • 2017

    Diskin, M.S. and D. L. Smee. Effects of black mangrove Avicennia germinans expansion on salt marsh nekton assemblages before and after a flood. Hydrobiologia. 803.1: 283.-294.

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