A former director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Suzette Kimball joined the North Carolina Sea Grant Advisory Board in early 2018.

Prior to her term as USGS director from 2013 to 2017, she served many roles, including as the agency’s deputy director, associate director for geology, and director of its eastern region. She also has worked in the National Parks Service’s southeast region, including as chief scientist and associate regional director.

Earlier in her career, Kimball was on the environmental sciences faculty at the University of Virginia. She served as co-director of the Center for Coastal Management and Policy and as a marine scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and managed coastal morphology and barrier island studies in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kimball has a doctorate in environmental sciences with a specialty in coastal processes from the University of Virginia, a master’s in geology and geophysics from Ball State University, and a bachelor’s in English and geology from the College of William & Mary.
Her numerous publications have covered topics such as barrier island dynamics, coastal ecosystem science, coastal zone management and policy, and natural resource exploration, evaluation, and management. She has received the Presidential Rank Award and the Secretary of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award.

Now a resident of Oak Island, N.C., she has served on executive boards and many state and national committees, including the Consortium for Coastal Restoration through Science & Technology, the Council of Examiners of the National Association of State Boards of Geology, and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Senior Executive Service Advisory Council. She also has served on The Coastal Society’s board, as secretary of the American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Section.