Karen Smith (she/her) is an Assistant Professor, Teaching-Stream in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Director of the Master of Environmental Science Program in Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. Her research focuses on climate change and atmospheric variability of the mid-latitude and polar regions.

Karen is passionate about promoting climate science literacy: she serves as Chair of the School and Public Education Committee of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and is also co-host a podcast about climate change and conservation called Emerging Environments.