Kate Smith

Postdoctoral Fellow Geological Sciences

305 ESM

Research Interests:

  • Applications for traditional and non-traditional isotope systems: particularly new applications for urban geochemistry and public health
  • Method development for isotopic analysis of environmental and clinical matrices
  • Multicollector mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS, TIMS)
  • Isotope and high temperature geochemistry
  • Other/past research interests: igneous petrology, uranium-series geochemistry, and geochronology

2008 BSc. Chemistry, Michigan Technological University
2010 MSc. Geochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2011-2014 Senior Chemist, Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
2014-2017 Senior Chemist, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, Trace Element Clean Lab, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
2021 PhD. Geochemistry, University of British Columbia
2021- Postdoc, University of British Columbia

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Smith, K.E., Weis, D. (under review). Particulate sources encountered by foraging honeybees in Metro Vancouver: Metal and Pb isotopic context for use of hive products in urban biomonitoring applications, Applied Geochemistry.

Smith, K.E., Weis, D., Scott, S.R., Berg, C.J., Segal, Y., Claeys, P. 2021. Regional and global perspectives of honey as a record of lead in the environment, Environmental Researchdoi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.110800.

Smith, K.E., Weis, D., Chauvel, C., Moulin, S. 2020. Honey Maps the Pb Fallout from the 2019 Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris: A Geochemical Perspective, Environmental Science and Technology Lettersdoi: 10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00485.

Smith, K.E., Weis, D. 2020. Evaluating Spatiotemporal Resolution of Trace Element Concentrations and Pb Isotopic Compositions of Honeybees and Hive Products as Biomonitors for Urban Metal Distribution, GeoHealth, doi: 10.1029/2020GH000264.

Li, M., Weis, D., Smith, K.E., Shiel, A.E., Smith, W.D., Hunt, B.P.V., Torchinsky, A., Pakhomov, E.A. 2020. Assessing lead sources in fishes of the Northeast Pacific Ocean, Anthropocenedoi: 10.1016/j.ancene.2019.100234.

Scott, S.R., Shafer, M.M., Smith, K.E., Overdier, J.T., Cunliffe, B., Stafford, T.W., Farrell, P.M. 2019. Elevated lead exposure in Roman occupants of Londinium: New evidence from the archaeological record, Archaeometrydoi: 10.1111/arcm.12513.

Scott, S.R., Smith, K.E., Dahman, C., Gorski, P.R., Adams, S.V., Shafer, M.M. 2019. Cadmium isotope fractionation during tobacco combustion produces isotopic variations outside the range measured in dietary sources of cadmium, Science of the Total Environmentv.688, p.600-608, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.269.

Smith, K.E., Weis, D., Amini, M., Shiel, A., Lai, V., Gordon, K. 2019. Honey as a biomonitor for a changing world, Nature Sustainability, 2:223-232, doi: 10.1038/s41893-019-0243-0.

Weiss, D., Lee, D., Feldman, R., Smith, K.E. 2017. Severe lead poisoning attributed to bullet fragments retained in soft tissue, British Medical Journal Case Reports, doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-217351.

Smith, K.E., Shafer, M.M., Weiss, D., Anderson, H., Gorski, P.R. 2016. High-precision (MC-ICPMS) isotope ratio analysis reveals contrasting sources of elevated blood lead levels of an adult with retained bullet fragments, and of his child, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Biological Trace Element Research, doi:10.1007/s12011-016-0872-3.

Singer, B.S., Jicha, B.R., Fournelle, J.H., Beard, B.L., Johnson, C.M., Smith, K.E., Greene, S.E., Kita, N.T., Valley, J.W., Spicuzza, M.J., Rogers, N.W. 2014. Lying in wait: deep and shallow evolution of dacite beneath Volcán de Santa María, Guatemala; Geological Society, London, Special Publications, v.385, p.209-234. doi: 10.1144/SP385.2.

Singer, B.S., Smith, K.E., Jicha, B.R., Johnson, C.M., Beard, B.L., Rogers, N.W. 2011. Tracking open-system differentiation during growth of Santa María volcano, Guatemala; Journal of Petrologyv.52, n.12 p. 2335-2363, doi: 10.1093/petrology/egr047.

Jicha, B.R., Smith, K.E., Singer, B.S., Beard, B.L., Johnson, C.M., Rogers, N.W. 2010. Crustal assimilation no match for slab-fluids beneath Volcán de Santa María, Guatemala; Geology, v. 38, p. 859-862, doi: 10.1130/G31062.1.