Director, Interdisciplinary Initiatives
Graduate School

Elizabeth Smith

NORFOLK, 23529

Elizabeth Smith accepted the position of Interdisciplinary Initiatives Administrator in September 2014. Prior to this, she was a Research Assistant Professor with a “Self Supporting Research Position" in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography since 1993.

M.S. in Oceanography, Florida State University, (1986)

B.S. in Marine Science, University of South Carolina, (1982)


Climate Change
Environmental Issues
Climate Change

Research Interests

Elizabeth served as a Program Manager for the Coastal and Environmental Research Program of the Southeastern Universities Research Association (from 2010-2014), and as Executive Director of the nascent Chesapeake Bay Observing System, part of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, and project coordinator for the Chesapeake Inundation Prediction System (from 2005-2010). Ms. Smith co-directed the Virginia Regional Competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl from 1998-2008 and has been involved in ocean education, outreach and teacher training through a myriad of projects since coming to ODU. After receiving a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and an M.S. in Oceanography from Florida State University , she joined the Satellite Oceanography Group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she spent several years working on early generation oceanographic data management systems before coming to ODU in 1993.