Bart De Smet is a marine biologist and the Senior Science Officer for Science Communications at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). The institute's primary mission is to enhance science-based knowledge about our coasts, seas, and oceans and to disseminate this knowledge as widely as possible. De Smet earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Ghent University, Belgium, and completed his Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation jointly at Ghent University and KlaipÄ—da University, Lithuania. Furthermore, he has served as a PhD student and subsequently as a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University.