President Obama has nominated civil servant Dr. Suzette Kimball to lead the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Kimball has served as acting director of the agency for nearly a year since the departure of former director Dr. Marcia McNutt.

“USGS brings critical, impartial information to bear on some of the most complex issues facing our nation today - from the impacts of climate change to natural hazards and their threats,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “With her scientific expertise and decades of public service, Suzette is an excellent choice to lead this agency. During her time at USGS, Suzette has proven herself to be a smart, thoughtful and collaborative leader, and a strong advocate for using science to inform our understanding of our world and provide tools to solve natural resource challenges.”

During her 15-year tenure at USGS, Kimball as served as Eastern regional executive for biology, director of the Eastern Region, and associate director for geology. She is currently the deputy director of the agency. In 2012, she was named the top official for scientific integrity for the Department of the Interior, of which USGS is part.

Kimball has a master’s degree in geology and geophysics and a Ph.D. in environmental sciences/coastal and oceanographic process. She has authored more than 75 publications on coastal ecosystem science and management.


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