Jayson R Smith

Jayson R Smith

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Science

Current and Previous Grants


  • Rocky intertidal rockweed restoration. Ocean Protection Council. Subcontract from UCSB. June 2019 - February 2024

  • Assessment of rocky intertidal habitats for the California Marine Protected Area monitoring program. California Sea Grant. Subcontract from UCSC. May 2019 - November 2021

  • MARINe Long-Term Monitoring of Rocky Intertidal Shores. Subcontract UCSC from primary funder, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. September 1 2015-April 30, 2020.

  • San Elijo Restoration Project: Long-term Monitoring of the Effects of Sand Movement on Rocky Intertidal Communities in San Diego, CA. Subcontract within Merkel Associates (no funds to CPP). February 2017-February 2022.


  • Effectiveness of the Laguna Ocean Foundation Tidepool Educator Program. Subcontract within Laguna Ocean Foundation (no funds to CPP). May 2018-December 2018.

  • 2017-18 Provost’s Teacher-Scholar Support Program. Tropical rocky intertidal ecology.  July 2017-July 2018.

  • Death and Taxa: Monitoring Seismic Cycle Ground Deformation Using Rocky Intertidal Zone Mortality, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. CPP Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program (SIRG).  June 2016-June 2017.

  • Biological Sciences department grant for the Environmental Biology major. Ernest Prete Jr. Foundation, 2014-2015,

  • The impacts of warm and dry Santa Ana winds on community composition of rocky intertidal communities. CPP President’s Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program (RSCA),  March 2015-September 2015.

  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (previously Minerals Management Services) 2010-2015; “MARINe Monitoring Network: Rocky Shore Populations in Urban Southern California”

  • California SeaGrant, 2011-2014 - (Co-PI; UCSB lead; No funds for Smith Co-PI); Rocky Intertidal Ecosystems: Baseline Characterization and Monitoring along the South Coast

  • State Water Resources Control Board, 2012-2013; The experimental removal of non-indigenous seaweedson rocky shores: Effects on community structure and diversityand investigation into the feasibility of local eradication.

  • USC Sea Grant, 2008-2011; Distributions, abundances and feeding interactions with native consumers of non-indigenous seaweeds on urban southern California shores


  • Minerals Management Services, US Department of Interior 2007-2010; MARINe Monitoring Network: Rocky Shore Populations in Urban Southern California

  • Newport Coast and Laguna Beach ASBS Protection Program 2006-2009; Experimental Restoration of the rockweed Silvetia compressa at Little Corona del Mar