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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Thesis: Increasing the frequency of periodic spatial disturbance decreases surface attachment protein expression in Staphylococcus aureus, Ivana M. Barraza

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Thesis: Resource Allocation and Phenotypic Plasticity of Simultaneous Hermaphroditic Turtle Barnacles (Chelonibia testudinaria), Kevin C. Cash

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Thesis: Journey into Midnight: Population Dynamics, Vertical Distribution, and Trophic Ecology of Whalefishes (Cetomimidae) in the Bathypelagic Gulf of Mexico, Rachel Eckley

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Thesis: Genetic Population Dynamics of the Critically Endangered Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini) in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean, Sydney P. Harned

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Thesis: Ontogenetic Variation in Sciaenid Otolith Morphometry with Fish Size from the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Thomas C. Ingalls

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Thesis: Optimizing the Time to Transfer Sexually Produced Corals of Porites astreoides, Agaricia agaricites, and Montastraea cavernosa to an Offshore Nursery, Rachel Ionata

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Thesis: The Distribution, Composition, and Management of Drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (dFADs) in the North Atlantic Ocean, Erin E. Kimak

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Thesis: Predation Efficiency of Lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) in Differing Levels of Habitat Complexity, Abigail Ehlers Kimbrel

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Thesis: Elemental Distribution and Offloading in Peruvian Pinnipeds, Catherine Kooyomjian

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Thesis: Assessment of Monochloramine Toxicity on Three Small Coastal Organisms, Ashley K. Le

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Thesis: Applying integrative systematics to long-standing species boundary questions in the Zoanthidea, Annika Markovich

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Thesis: Trophic Ecology and Functional Morphology of the Scaleless Black Dragonfishes (Family Stomiidae; Subfamily Melanostomiinae), Ryan P. McGonagle

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Thesis: Pelagic Habitat Use by Benthic Fishes – Juvenile Scorpaenoids of the Oceanic Gulf of Mexico, Drew W. Mertzlufft

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Thesis: Effects of Tropical Cyclones on Incubation and Hatch Frequency of Marine Turtles in Broward County, FL: An Exploratory Look for Potential Cues of Environmentally Cued Hatching (ECH), Alexis Peterson

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Thesis: Spatiotemporal Variation of an Eastern Tropical Pacific Pelagic Community Assessed with Free-Drifting BRUVS, Tyler Stephen Plum

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Thesis: The Variability of Seawater Carbonate Chemistry in two Florida Urban Mangrove Ecosystems, Alexandrina R. Rangel

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Thesis: The Age and growth of the Yellow Stingray (Urobatis jamaicensis) in Southeast Florida, Jessica Schieber

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Thesis: Are Corals Surviving or Thriving in Highly Degraded Environments? A Reproductive and Trophic Analysis of Scleractinian Corals, Morgan Short

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Thesis: Optimization of grow-out of bouldering coral microfragments: land vs. offshore nursery, Ashlee A. Steinberg

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Thesis: Broad-scale vertical and horizontal behavior of the white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in the western North Atlantic, Taryn Szalay

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Thesis: Element Contamination in Port Everglades – Preparing for Ecological Impacts, Laura White

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Thesis: The Role of Bacterial Symbionts and Bioluminescence in the Pyrosome, Pyrosoma atlanticum, Alexis Berger

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Thesis: Life History, Biology, Fisheries, and Management for Six Lesser Known Species of Hammerhead Sharks (Family: Sphyrnidae), Emma M. Brennan

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Thesis: Prioritizing the largest, oldest corals for disease intervention in a coral disease-ravaged area: Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area., Alysha Brunelle

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Thesis: Investigation of Sulfur Cycling in Marine Sponge Cinachyrella spp. from a South Florida Reef, Shelby K. Cain

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Thesis: Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Analysis of Mangrove Ecosystems Using GIS, Kayla Caldwell

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Thesis: Fish Assemblages Associated with a Newly Deployed Eco-Engineered Artificial Seawall in the Intercoastal Waters of Port Everglades, Olmo Cinti

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Thesis: Linking Crude Oil and Dispersant Effects to Gene Expression of Marine Sponge Cinachyrella, Yvain Desplat

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Thesis: Using Track Widths of Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) Sea Turtles as a Proxy for Predicting Nesting Characteristics, Kelly M. Detmer

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Thesis: Examination of Parasite Assemblages in Killifish of the Genus Fundulus Across the Atlantic Coast of the United States and Canada, Derek Garvey

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Thesis: To Feed or Not to Feed: Examining the Effects of Provisioning Tourism on Nurse Sharks in Caye Caulker, Belize, Carlee Jackson

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Thesis: A Temporal Analysis of the Euphausiid Assemblage in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, with Notes on Seasonal Reproduction, Nathan A. La Spina

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Thesis: Pilot Project for Future Fast and Accurate Detection of the Human Fecal Marker HF183 for Presence of Human Pollution in the New River, Angie Louis

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Thesis: TUNEL apoptotic cell detection in stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD): evaluation of potential and improvements, E. Murphy McDonald

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Thesis: Predation Efficiency and Prey Choice of Estuarine Organisms Under Varying Anthropogenic Light Types and Intensities, Carmen Montalvo

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Thesis: Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) and Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Nearshore Distribution, Bimini, The Bahamas, Skylar L. Muller

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Thesis: Comparative Study of Spectral Sensitivity, Irradiance Sensitivity, Spatial Resolution and Temporal Resolution in the Visual Systems of Aratus pisonii and Ocypode quadrata, Ruchao Qian

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Thesis: Disruption of pyoverdine synthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa through periodic disturbance of biofilm structure., Rebecca J. Quinn

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Dissertation: Ocean Acidification and Fish Respiration: A Study on the Anatomical, Physiological, and Behavioral Adaptations of Fishes and their Ability to Cope with Decreasing Seawater pH, Mark P. Rogers

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Thesis: Metagenomes of the Dominant Microbial Symbionts of Sponge Genus Cinachyrella Display Common Sulfur Metabolic and Quorum Sensing Functions., Elizaveta Shmakova

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Thesis: Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Essential and Non-Essential Elements Recorded in Western Arctic Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus), Samantha L. Shore

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Thesis: Comparative Study of the Effects of Light on Photophore Ultrastructure from Two Families of Deep-Sea Decapod Crustaceans: Oplophoridae and Sergestidae, Jamie E. Sickles

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Thesis: Age and Growth of Predatory Mesopelagic Fishes in a Low-Latitude Oceanic Ecosystem, Natalie Slayden

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Dissertation: Understanding the Toxicity of Single Hydrocarbons, Oil, and Dispersed Oil: A Species Sensitivity Assessment for Five Atlantic Coral Species, Nicholas R. Turner

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Thesis: Effects of Surfactants on the Generation of Sea Spray During Tropical Cyclones, Breanna L. Vanderplow

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Thesis: An Investigation into the Factors Influencing Growth and Survival of Caribbean Acroporid Corals in a Floating Nursery, Cassie M. VanWynen

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Thesis: The Microscopic Threat with a Macroscopic Impact: Microplastics Along the Southeast Florida Reef Tract, Emma Wightman

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Thesis: The Association between Stomach Fullness and Vertical Migration Behavior in Deep-Pelagic Crustaceans and Fishes in the Gulf of Mexico, with Notes on Microplastic Ingestion, Ryan P. Bos

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Thesis: Determining how risk effects predator-prey interactions of marine communities in the nearshore environment of South Bimini, The Bahamas, Kendall Brancart

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Thesis: A Comparison of Circle and J Hook Performance within the Grenadian Pelagic Longline Fishery, Anthony G. Burns

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Thesis: Nutrient Concentrations and Effects on Mill Run from Residential, Urban, and Industrial Stormwater Contamination, Melissa Carver

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Thesis: Shallow- water hardbottom communities support the separation of biogeographic provinces on the west- central Florida Gulf Coast, Shelby Eagan

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Thesis: Assessment of Heavy Metals in Subsistence-Harvested Alaskan Marine Mammal Body Tissues and Vibrissae, Pilar M. Ferdinando

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Thesis: Characterization of Bacterial Communities in Biscayne Bay Through Genomic Analysis, Eric Fortman

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Thesis: Desperate Coral Larvae? Behavioral Responses to Settlement Cues in Aging Agaricia agaricites Larvae, Helena Sasha Fulmore

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Thesis: Outplanted Acropora cervicornis enhances the fish assemblages of Southeast Florida, Ellen Dignon Goldenberg

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Thesis: A characterization of a Southeast Florida stony coral assemblage after a disease event, Nicole K. Hayes

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Thesis: Spatial and Temporal Trends of Southeastern Florida's Octocoral Comunity, Alexandra Hiley

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Thesis: Sargassum Infauna Community Structure in the Florida Straits and Gulf Stream, Dayna S. Hunn

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Thesis: Optimizing restoration site selection along the Florida Reef Tract for the coral species Acropora cervicornis and Acropora palmata, Samantha King

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Thesis: Timing and Potential Drivers of Symbiont Selection in the Early Life Stages of the Massive Starlet Coral Siderastrea siderea, Sarah G. Koerner

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Thesis: Optimizing lighting regimes for rearing Orbicella faveolata and Acropora cervicornis recruits, Paul D. Kreh

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Thesis: Comparisons of Five DNA Repair Pathways Between Elasmobranch Fishes and Humans, Lucia Llorente

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Thesis: Analysis of "Observer Effect" in Logbook Reporting Accuracy for U.S. Pelagic Longline Fishing Vessels in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, Thomas J. Morrell

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Thesis: Microbial Analysis of Surfactant-Associated Bacteria in the Sea Surface Microlayer and Remote Sensing of Associated Slicks, Georgia Parks

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Thesis: The Sedimentology of Cay Sal Bank - an Incipiently Drowned Carbonate Platform, Luis Ramirez

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Thesis: Effects of deposited sediment and turbidity on survival and growth of Orbicella faveolata recruits, Morgan Stephenson

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Thesis: Inferred Function and Dynamics of Microbial Communities from the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Deepesh Tourani

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Thesis: Reconstruction of Northeastern Pacific Ocean Holocene Production Using Marine Mammal Archaeofauna, Andrea M. Traffichini

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Thesis: Spatial and temporal trends in the Xestospongia muta (giant barrel sponge) population on the Southeast Florida Reef Tract, Alanna D. Waldman

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Thesis: Indirect Effects of Ocean Warming and Acidification on the Realized Recruitment of Agaricia agaricites, Allan Anderson

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Thesis: Pathogen Transmission Techniques and Genotypic Resistance to Disease in the Threatened Coral, Acropora cervicornis, Megan Bock

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Thesis: Empirical Validation and Comparison of the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) Between the Gulf of Mexico and the Tongue of the Ocean, Cynthia A. Cleveland

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Thesis: Ecological Correlates of Community Structure in Seagrass-Associated Fishes in North Biscayne Bay and Port of Miami, Florida, Elizabeth F. Colhoun

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Dissertation: Turbulent and Electromagnetic Signature of Small- and Fine-scale Biological and Oceanographic Processes, Cayla Whitney Dean

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Thesis: A Comparison of Benthic Habitats and Faunas Between the Miami Terrace (Proposed Calypso Pipeline Site) and the Pourtales Terrace (Coral Habitat of Particular Concern), Laura Dell

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Thesis: Microbial Ecology of South Florida Surface Waters: Examining the Potential for Anthropogenic Influences, Chase P. Donnelly

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Thesis: Uncovering the Role of Propagule Pressure in Determining Establishment Success Using a Synthetic Biology Approach, Michael D. Dressler

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Thesis: Peruvian Pinnipeds as Archivists of ENSO Effects, Mickie Rae Edwards

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Thesis: Genetic Population and Evolutionary Dynamics of the Angel Sharks, Squatina spp., Cristin Keelin Fitzpatrick

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Thesis: Characterization of the Bioluminescent Symbionts from Ceratioids Collected in the Gulf of Mexico, Lindsay L. Freed

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Dissertation: Population dynamics of the threatened staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, and the development of a species-specific monitoring protocol, Elizabeth Goergen

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Thesis: Parasitic Indicators of Foraging Strategies in Wading Birds, Sarah Gumbleton

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Thesis: Ecophysiology of lionfish metabolic and visual systems: Are there physiological limits to inshore invasion?, Aaron Hasenei

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Thesis: Identifying Disease-Resistant and Thermal-Tolerant Genotypes in the Threatened Staghorn Coral, Acropora cervicornis, Morgan V. Hightshoe

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Thesis: Spatiotemporal Change in the Benthic Community of Southeast Florida, Nicholas P. Jones

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Thesis: Patterns in Caribbean Coral Spawning, Anna C. Jordan

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Dissertation: Environmental Controls on Depositional Patterns of Isolated Carbonate Platforms, Jeremy M. Kerr

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Thesis: Optimization of Light Irradiance During the Early Life of Sexually-Produced Porites astreoides and Agaricia agaricites Recruits, Nicholas J. McMahon

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Thesis: The relationship of endoparasite diversity and feeding ecology in the seabird complex of South Florida, Michael Nakama

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Thesis: Assessment of Metals in Tissues of Marine-Associated Birds in South Florida, Caitlyn A. Nay

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Thesis: A Temporal Analysis of a Deep-Pelagic Crustacean Assemblage (Decapoda: Caridea: Oplophoridae and Pandalidae) in the Gulf of Mexico After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Devan Nichols

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Thesis: The Assemblage Structure and Trophic Ecology of a Deep-Pelagic Fish Family (Platytroctidae) in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael Novotny

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Thesis: Population Dynamics and Genotypic Richness of the Threatened Acropora spp. and their Hybrid in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hannah F. Nylander-Asplin

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Thesis: Early Life History Response of Reef Building Coral, Orbicella faveolata, to Ocean Acidification and Warming, Kelly A. Pitts

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Thesis: Species Richness, Diversity, and Abundance of Sponge Communities in Broward County, Florida, 2000-2015, Jessica Price

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Thesis: Identification and spatiotemporal dynamics of tuna (Family: Scombridae; Tribe: Thunnini) early life stages in the oceanic Gulf of Mexico, Nina Pruzinsky

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Thesis: Effects of ocean warming, sedimentation, and parental genotype on the post-settlement survival and growth of Acropora cervicornis recruits, Jena Robbins

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Thesis: Heavy Metal Accumulation in Seagrasses in Southeastern Florida, Erin Smith

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Thesis: Evaluating the Efficacy of Using Geomorphology as a Surrogate to Benthic Habitat on the Miami Terrace, Kim D. Smith