Professor Smith has a commercial background working in the shrimp industry before studying a degree in Applied Science in 1996 at the University of Tasmania. In 2004 Professor Smith received his PhD studying spiny lobster larval competency. He undertook a two-year postdoc at the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institutes, followed by four years at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Queensland specialising in spiny lobster larval propagation research. In 2010 he moved to the University of Tasmania’s, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, to take up a position in larval system design for spiny lobsters. Professor Smith is the current Director of the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation program for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture, based at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has published more than 70 spiny lobster related research articles in A1 ranked journals.