Suzette Kimball

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Suzette M. Kimball
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16th Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Nationality American
Fields Geology and Geophysics
Environmental Science
Institutions United States Geological Survey
Alma mater College of William & Mary
Ball State University
University of Virginia
16th Director of the United States Geological Survey
Assumed office
2013 (2013)
Preceded by Marcia McNutt

Suzette M. Kimball is an American geologist, environmental scientist, and the 16th director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a bureau of the United States Department of the Interior.


Kimball earned her B.A. in English and geology from the College of William & Mary in 1973; her M.S. in geology and geophysics from Ball State University; and her Ph.D in environmental sciences with a specialty in coastal processes from the University of Virginia in 1983.[1][2][3]


She has held several positions at the USGS including Eastern Regional Director, and Acting Associate Director for Geology. Prior to joining the USGS, she served in the National Park Service as a research coordinator in the Global Climate Change Program, Southeast Regional Chief Scientist, and Associate Regional Director. Before joining the U.S. federal government, she was an assistant professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia; co-director of the Center for Coastal Management and Policy; and marine scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.


Kimball has authored or contributed to a number of publications on topics scientific research including coastal zone management and policy, coastal ecosystem science, barrier island dynamics, and natural resource exploration, evaluation and management.[4] Some selected references include:

  • Chen, Zi-Qiang, Carl H. Hobbs III, John F. Wehmiller, and Suzette M. Kimball. "Late Quaternary paleochannel systems on the continental shelf, south of the Chesapeake Bay entrance." Journal of Coastal Research, vol. 11, no. 3 (1995): 605-614.
  • Kimball, Suzette, James K. Dames, and Carl Heywood Hobbs. Investigation of Isolated Sand Shoals on the Inner Shelf of Southern Virginia: Final Report. College of William and Mary, School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1991.
  • Boon, John Daniel, Suzette M. Kimball, Daniel Ary Hepworth, and Kyung Duck Suh. Chesapeake Bay Wave Climate: Thimble Shoals Wave Station, Report and Summary of Wave Observations, September 27, 1988 Through October 17, 1989. Division of Geological and Benthic Oceanography, Virginia Institute of Marine Science and School of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, 1990.
  • Dolan, Robert, Fred Anders, and Suzette Kimball. National Atlas: Coastal Erosion and Accretion. US Geological Survey, 1988.
  • Anders, Fred J., Steven G. Underwood, and Suzette M. Kimball. "Beach and nearshore sediment sampling on a developed barrier, Fenwick Island, Maryland." In Coastal Sediments (1987), pp. 1732-1744. ASCE, 1987.
  • May, Suzette Kimball. "Regional wave climate and shoreline response." PhD diss., University of Virginia, 1983.


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Preceded by
Marcia McNutt
Director of the United States Geological Survey
Succeeded by