Kimberly Yates


Dr. Kimberly Yates is a senior research oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg Center for Coastal and Marine Science (SPCMSC). She 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.


  • University of South Florida (USF), Honors Program & Geology, B.A., 1992
  • University of South Florida, Geology (Biogeochemistry), Ph.D., 1996

Professional Experience:

  • 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

Synergistic Activities

  • 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