Dr. Sarah Smith is a Spatial Policy Specialist for Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Boston, where her work involves analyzing and promoting policies related to improving fisheries management, including marine protected areas and ecosystem-based fisheries management. The majority of her work is focused on New England’s iconic groundfish fishery, advocating for better science-based fisheries management to rebuild fish stocks and support fishing communities. Prior to working at EDF, she worked as a fisheries extension specialist at the URI Coastal Resources Center on issues related to fisheries, offshore renewable energy, and marine spatial planning. She previously worked for NOAA as a social science researcher. She received her PhD from the University of Rhode Island in 2011 in Marine Affairs, where her dissertation research focused on stakeholder participation in the management of marine protected areas in the Caribbean. She also holds a M.A. from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy.