Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow | 519-253-3000 (ext. 3437)

Work Experience

10/2017 - 10/2018
National University of Ireland Galway

Lecturer Below the Bar

My responsibilities included lecturing undergraduate courses on the theory and practice of geomorphological concepts. At the Masters level, I was responsible for introducing advanced concepts in coastal systems, processes, and landforms. Emphasis was put on introducing current research and modelling methodologies along with a strong field-based learning component to apply concepts learned in the classroom.


09/2013 - 07/2017
Ulster University

Department of Geography and Environmental Science (Ph.D.)

My Ph.D. research focused on the airflow and sediment transport patterns accross an arid coastal dunefield at Maspalomas, Spain. Maspalomas is a popular tourist destination; however, human impacts, including acceleration of erosion within the dunefield, have become apparent following a development boom in the 1960s. Using a combination of in situ field experiments and coupled computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling efforts, we were able to identify a hiearchical network of both human-altered and natural controls on both micro- and meso-scale airflow and sediment patterns at Maspalomas.

09/2011 - 07/2013
East Carolina University

Department of Geography (M.A.)

My M.A. research focused on creating high spatial and temporal resolution sediment budgets for a series of dune blowouts at Provincetown, Massachusetts. Dune blowouts are erosive features that often act as a conduit transferring sediment away from existing dune deposits. If persistent over time they can destabilize foredune, or in the case of our study, paleo-parabolic dunes. Using terrestrial LiDAR we monitored the annual and seasonal topographic changes in order to better understand the rates and dimensions of their development, through time.

09/2006 - 05/2011
Salisbury University, Department of Geography (B.S.)

Department of Geography (B.S.)