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Susan K Kemp

I lead the Center’s efforts to communicate our science and manage our data and records. I am a life-long public servant who is passionate about communicating science in a way that is understandable by everyone. I want others to also see what I find so interesting, important, and cool! 

Throughout my career, and without realizing it, I'd been asked to communicate complex ecological issues to non-scientists. It was only when I briefed a group on what I and other scientists considered a major scientific accomplishment and only got the response "I don't get it. Why did it cost so much and take so long?" did I realize that we as scientists weren't doing an effective job of communicating our science. That moment made me realize my passion for science communication. I am excited to be in a position where I can help scientists share the value and importance of their work to others.

Professional Experience

  • 2014-present: USGS, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Science & Data Delivery Program Manager, Corvallis, OR

  • 2009-2014: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Senior Biologist, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan-Southern Coastal Systems Regional Coordinator, Jacksonville, FL

  • 2008: City of Atlanta, Department of Watershed Management, Surface Water Quality Program Manager, Atlanta, GA

  • 1994-2006: Miami-Dade County, Department of Environmental Resources Management, Surface Water Quality and Seagrass Program Manager, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan Coordinator, Miami, FL

Education and Certifications

  • M.S., Environmental Science, Florida International University, Miami, FL (2004)

  • B.S., Marine Science/Biology, double major, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (1994)

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Toastmasters International

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