Dr Kat M. Smith


  • 2017-Present: Research Assistant, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2013-2017: PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado - Boulder
  • 2013-2015: MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado - Boulder
  • 2007-2012: BS, Mechanical Engineering, San Francisco State University


Kat is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Environmental and Industrial Fluid Dynamics research group. Her current research interests lie primarily in using numerical methods to model turbulent reactive flows applicable to geophysical processes, such as the ocean. In particular, she is interested in improving understaning of small scale (<10km) ocean dynamics and the role they play in the global climate cycle through the alteration of momentum, buoyancy, and biogeochemical tracer distributions. The end goal to her research is to better inform sub-grid scale parameterization efforts for Earth system models (ESMs). 

Selected Publications

  • Smith, K. M., P. E. Hamlington, and B. Fox-Kemper. Effects of submesoscale turbulence on ocean tracers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 12(5)3597-3624, 2016.