Suzette M Kimball, PhD

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Suzette M Kimball
United States
Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston VA 20192


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Suzette Kimball is Associate Director for Geology of the United States Geological Survey in Reston Virginia. The first woman to hold this position, Dr. Kimball provides executive leadership of USGS geologic investigations on the past, present and future conditions of the Earth's environment, hazards and resources. Specifically, Dr. Kimball is responsible for basic earth science programs, including monitoring of worldwide earthquake hazards, geologic mapping of land and seafloor resources, the study of volcano and landslide hazards, and research and assessments of mineral and energy resources. The programs of the Geologic Discipline help scientists around the world understand the interaction of Earth systems. USGS scientists study some of today's most critical global issues, including climate change, ecosystems, water, wildlife and natural hazards and provide information that is important to the future well-being of the Nation. Recently, Dr. Kimball was the USGS Acting Director. Previously, she was director of the USGS's Eastern Region. In this position Dr. Kimball led multi-disciplinary science programs in geology, hydrology, biology, and geography covering the 26 states east of the Mississippi River, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The USGS Eastern Region includes more than 2,600 employees in about 120 locations. Dr. Kimball joined USGS in 1998 as Eastern Regional Executive for Biology. In that position, she built many partnerships, helped shape programs, and led the establishment of the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center. Dr. Kimball has a BA in English from the College of William and Mary, an MS degree in geology and geophysics from Ball State University and a PhD degree in Environmental Sciences and Coastal and Oceanographic Processes from the University of Virginia. She has held faculty appointments at the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary, numerous elected positions with professional scientific societies, including the Consortium for Coastal Restoration through Science and Technology, the Council of Examiners of the National Association of State Boards of Geology, the DOI Ocean Policy Committee and the Board of Directors of the George Wright Society. Dr. Kimball is a licensed professional geologist. She was a recipient of the Secretary of the Interior's Meritorious Service Award, the Secretary's Executive Leadership Award, the Secretary's Gold-level Executive Leadership Award and the Presidential Rank Award in 2002 and again in 2007.

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