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Robyn L. Smyth

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies; Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Primary Academic Program: Environmental and Urban Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Bard Center for Environmental Policy


B.S., Cornell University; M.S., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Smyth has been a member of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy graduate faculty and an adjunct scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, since 2012. She also previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland; a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in Bagamoyo, Tanzania; and a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Environmental Research and Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Her research expertise includes coupling physical and biological processes in lakes, and ocean and aquatic ecosystem management. Current collaborative research projects include modeling the effects of vertical mixing and ultraviolet radiation on primary productivity in the Southern Ocean, and understanding the role of climate forcing and hydrodynamics on harmful algal blooms and outbreaks of disease in aquatic organisms in lakes. She is a member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON), which seeks to utilize high-frequency sensor data to better understand and manage lake ecosystems. Peer-reviewed journal articles have been published in Limnology and Oceanography, Geophysical Research Letters, Bioscience, and Environmental Management. At Bard, she has taught courses on lake and reservoir science and management, climate change and water, and the environmental science of built environments. She joined the undergraduate faculty in 2017.


Phone: 845-758-7321
Department: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Location: Hegeman Science Hall
Office: 006