Mikell (Mike) Smith is the Program Manager for GMF’s restoration, training, and conservation programs. Smith also serves on the Steering Committee of the Habitat Resources Team (HRT) of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. In addition, he works on special projects for the GMF.
Smith joined GMF in April 2009 as Project Manager for the GMF’s pilot watershed assessment project under Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) in the Sabine and Red River basins. That project, now complete, will serve as a template for similar assessments SARP intends to conduct under the Southeast Aquatic Habitat Plan.
Smith came to GMF from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) where he researched marine policy fostering collaborative, science-based governance of the Gulf of Mexico. He compiled content, built a database and conceptualized a strategy which resulted in InfoHub, an information resource made available publicly on GulfBase and maintained through a partnership with the National Sea Grant Law Center. At HRI, Smith also assisted with lab analysis of photosurveys of chemosynthetic communities in the Gulf and worked as a surveyor for an economic study of freshwater inflows on the Texas coast.
After prior careers in television and property management, Smith obtained a master’s in Environmental Science at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in 2008 with an eye toward integrating environmental and economic interests. He achieved his goal of working along the interface of science and society when he came on board at GMF in April 2009.