Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Expert: Dr. Stephanie A. Smith, Microbiology PhD

Dr. Stephanie A. Smith, Xylem's HAB Expert

Stephanie A. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith (@WaterWoman) has managed products and method development from the field to the lab during her time at YSI, and currently, she is the Product Segment Manager for Xylem Lab Solutions. Dr. Smith holds a doctorate in Microbiology from The Ohio State University. Her formal training was foundational for a career that has spanned academia, contract research, entrepreneurship, and commercial technology development.

Dr. Smith has been a Principal Investigator for primary research on cyanobacterial carbon fixation, has provided Congressional Testimony for the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, developed algal toxin reference standards and testing services in her own business, and has overseen YSl's ongoing development of algae monitoring technologies and services. She has consulted with source water managers to design monitoring approaches that support their management and treatment needs and has authored or co-authored a number of articles and presentations about HABs. In all career stages, she has worked with photosynthetic bacteria and HABs, honing a unique and pragmatic perspective on the causes, monitoring, and management of HABs.

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Check out Dr. Smith's Publications & Presentations!


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Make Sure Your Lab is Ready for HAB Season!

Dr. Smith is joined by Xylem colleague, Tim Smith, and describes how to prepare your environmental testing laboratory for the three most relevant water quality analyses to understand the drivers and impacts of HABs.

Characterizing and Mitigating Cyanobacterial Blooms in Drinking Water Reservoirs

Characterizing and Mitigating Cyanobacterial Blooms in Drinking Water Reservoirs

Learn how a team in Wichita Falls, TX has employed EXO sondes and other monitoring tools to aid in speedy response to blooms in their reservoir.

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Autonomous Vehicles for Harmful Algal Bloom Surveys

Dr. Smith explores the use of YSI Vehicles for studying Harmful Algal Blooms. Find out more about how these vehicles helped map algal blooms in the Charles River in Boston and Clear Lake in California.

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Beyond Toxins: A Source-to-Treatment Strategy for Harmful Algal Blooms

Toxin testing is important, but drinking water plant managers can take other measures to reduce the number of tests and make HABs a manageable problem. Save time and money with these tips.

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Establishing Resilience - A 3-Part Action Plan for Harmful Algal Blooms

Dr. Smith is joined by Xylem colleagues to describe a source-to-treatment strategy for the management of HABs. They present a 3-part HAB Action Plan: Manage, Monitor, Mitigate.

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Multiparameter Monitoring for HABs - Presented at the Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Dr. Smith was honored to present at KDHE's conference, where she described why water quality monitoring, not just pigment monitoring, is the best approach for early detection of HABs.

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Water Utilities vs. Climate Change

Read Dr. Smith’s cover story with Kevin Westerling from the July 2022 Edition of Water Innovation. This Q&A session provides valuable insight on what actions we can take to effect change and protect our future.

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Tackle Taste and Odor With Proactive Water Quality Monitoring

Dr. Smith is joined by industry colleagues in describing how one must go beyond the microscope to identify and manage HABs. Learn how to combine monitoring with new identification technologies.

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Establishing Resilience - Harmful Algal Bloom Threats to Potable Water

Resilience is the ability to recover from an event. Joined by Xylem water treatment experts, Dr. Smith describes how water quality monitoring is key to resilience in the face of HABs.

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How Harmful Algal Blooms Can Affect Your Water Treatment Plant

Dr. Smith and her Xylem colleagues at Wedeco describe challenges drinking water managers face due to HABs, which include biomass removal, taste and odor issues, detection and removal of algal toxins.

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Treating Algal Blooms in Source Water with Advanced Oxidation

Dr. Smith provides background about HABs as she and colleagues describe the Anderson Regional Joint Water System's success with Xylem's advanced oxidation technologies.

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Ozone Deals and Cyanobacteria Treatment

Xylem's experts in water treatment describe the use of ozone for dealing with both taste and odor and toxins generated by HABs, and Dr. Smith describes the source of these secondary metabolites.

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