Tiffany Smythe


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Marine Research Associate, Ocean Planning and Offshore Renewable Energy

Version 2Tiffany initially joined CRC’s U.S. team in 2008 and returned to the center in 2015 after completing her doctoral dissertation and post-doctoral studies. Tiffany’s expertise lies in ocean and coastal planning and policy analysis, social science research, and training. She specializes in ocean planning, offshore renewable energy, coastal climate resilience, and marine ecosystem-based management. As a CRC staff member, Tiffany co-authored and co-facilitated the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP), which led to the siting of the Deepwater Wind project off Block Island. She is currently co-Principal Investigator of a U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management-funded project analyzing the effects of the Block Island Wind Farm on Rhode Island recreation and tourism, and is co-authoring the Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP). Tiffany has worked on marine issues for over 20 years. She began her career in marine education, and as a coastal management specialist has worked in the academic, non-profit and government sectors on topics ranging from oyster aquaculture and restoration to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the Port of New York and New Jersey. Tiffany has master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Affairs from URI as well as bachelor and master’s degrees from Columbia University. She is a URI Coastal Institute Senior Fellow, an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed ship captain and an adjunct professor in the URI Department of Marine Affairs.