Cynthia Smith, PhD

Cynthia Smith, PhD

Associate Professor

College of Science

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Research Theme:

Digital Technologies - Inventing new algorithms, digital techniques, and technologies

Key Interests:

Aquatic Ecology, Climate Science, Environmental Science and Policy, Sustainability


PhD, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University

Research Focus

As a practitioner, I translate complex STEM topics into hands-on experiences for learners of all ages. My products are programs. I work closely with local K12 school districts and environmental NGOs developing large scale field programs, teacher training and networking opportunities for environmentally oriented youth. Local and regional environmental agencies are well-integrated into my Mason courses, providing essential personal connections to jobs and internships for Mason students. To ensure that the fascinating research conducted by our PEREC team reaches the public, I am developing the Exhibit Hall buildout at Mason’s Potomac Science Center. I look forward to partnering with teams that translate environmental data into visual learning tools for diverse audiences.


College of Science

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