||Dr. Suzette M. Kimball is Associate Director for Geology of the U.S. Geological Survey, the scientific agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Kimball is the first woman to hold the position. Previously, Kimball was director of the Survey's Eastern Region |
Dr. Kimball provides executive leadership of USGS geologic investigations on the past, present and future conditions of the Earth's environment, hazards and resources. Specifically, she is responsible for basic earth science programs, including monitoring of worldwide earthquake hazards, geologic mapping of land and seafloor resources, the study of volcano and landslide hazards, and research and assessments of mineral and energy resources. The programs of the Geologic Discipline help scientists around the world understand the interaction of Earth systems. USGS scientists study some of today’s most critical global issues, including climate change, ecosystems, water, wildlife and natural hazards and provide information that is important to the future well-being of the Nation.
As director of the Eastern Region of the USGS, Kimball led multi-disciplinary science programs in geology, hydrology, biology, and geography covering the 26 U.S. states east of the Mississippi River, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The USGS Eastern Region includes more than 2,600 employees in about 120 locations.
She joined USGS in 1998 as Eastern Regional Executive for Biology. In that position, she built many partnerships, helped shape programs, and led the establishment of the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center.Kimball received her B.A. in English from the College of William & Mary, an M.S. in Geology/Geophysics from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences/Coastal and Oceanographic Processes from the University of Virginia.