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Kate Smith

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Faculty of Science

Kate has a BSc in chemistry from Michigan Technological University (2008) and a MSc in geochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010). She has seven years of experience working as an analytical chemist for the State of WI. In 2017, she joined Dr. Dominique Weis’ group at the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) at UBC as an International Doctoral Fellow. At PCIGR, Kate is exploring the use of honey as an environmental monitoring tool for urban centres. Trace elements and isotopic compositions of honey (and other bee products) from Metro Vancouver hives reveal geospatially-constrained chemical snapshots of ~2 km-diameter regions (the range of a typical honey bee). Thus, it is possible to use honey to assess small-scale variations in trace elements, and their isotopes, of particular interest to pollution processes.