Dr. Kimberly Yates is a senior research oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg Center for Coastal and Marine Science (SPCMSC).
Dr. Yates is also a member of the U.S. Interagency Work Group on Ocean Acidification (IWG-OA), the Executive and founding Steering Committees of the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN), and served as Co-Chair of the Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry – Ocean Acidification Subcommittee (OCB-OA). She specializes in integrated science studies that examine how changes in coastal ecosystem processes may impact or mitigate risks from coastal hazards, using a whole system perspective that considers the interactions and linkages among chemistry, biology and the physical environment. Much of her recent work has focused on how coral reef seafloor erosion changes risks from sea level rise, waves and storms; impacts on coral reefs and estuaries from coastal and ocean acidification; and identifying and characterizing coastal climate change refuges.
Senior Research Oceanographer, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, FL 2007 – Present
Research Oceanographer, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, FL 1998 – 2007
Research Assistant, University of South Florida, Department of Geology 1989 – 1997
Education and Certifications
University of South Florida (USF), Honors Program & Geology, B.A., 1992
University of South Florida, Geology (Biogeochemistry), Ph.D., 1996
Affiliations and Memberships*
Executive Committee Member and Steering Committee Member, Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network, 2015-present
Committee Member, Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification, National Ocean Science and Technology Subcommittee, 2009-present
Co-Chair, Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program – Ocean Acidification Subcommittee, 2011-2016
Committee Member, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Acidification Network, 2016-present
*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government