Allison Smith (publishes as K. A. S. Mislan) is a postdoctoral fellow in the eScience Institute and the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of South Carolina and was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University. Allison studies the distribution of species in coastal and open ocean ecosystems. In the course of her research, she uses and develops mechanistic models of organisms and ecosystems that incorporate physiology, chemistry, and physics. Results from her research are used to determine the effects of climate change. She has additional interests in reproducibility and data visualization.