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Kate Smith

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Kate has a BSc in chemistry from Michigan Technological University (2008) and a MSc in geochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010). She worked for the State of Wisconsin as an analytical chemist before joining Dr. Dominique Weis’ group at the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research at UBC in 2017 as an International Doctoral Fellow. Under Dr. Weis’ supervision, Kate is exploring the impacts of environmental pollution by using honey as a biomonitor. Trace element and isotopic compositions of honey (and other bee products) from the Metro Vancouver area serve as a proxy for chemical snapshots of ~2 km-diameter regions (the range of a typical honey bee). Thus, Kate’s research can assess small-scale variations in trace elements, and their isotopes, that are of particular interest to pollution processes.