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Kristin Wilson Grimes


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    I have dedicated my professional career to understanding coasts and the physical, ecological, and human forces that shape them. Because of this, I am passionate about efforts that will shape the future of U.S. coastal science and its communities. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the Center for Marine & Environmental Studies at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), an HBCU and the only institution of higher learning in the territory. There, I study the response of nearshore environments to climate change and other human stressors, teach in the Masters of Marine & Environmental Science program, engage in community outreach and education (most recently on the topics of marine debris (PI, NOAA Award # NA16NOS9990133) and hurricane preparedness (PI, NOAA NA18SEC0080010)), and work toward increasing the diversity of underrepresented and underserved groups in the marine sciences (NSF INCLUDES, PI, Award #1649300; NSF NRT-INFEWS, Co-PI, Award #1735222). I am a contributing member of the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation’s Underrepresented Minorities (URM) Sub-Committee, assisting in the development of their URM mentorship program (NSF Award #1734775) and participated in the NSF GOLD initiative through Award #1645515. I am also the Director for the Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute, a network of 54 institutes across the US funded in partnership with the USGS; in this role, I am a geoscience leader, as 1 of only 7 women directors. Prior to UVI, I was the Research Director for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of 28 NOAA-supported sites across the US that protect coastal ecosystems through research, stewardship, education, and community partnerships. I look forward to the Atlanta Scoping Session – to gain a deeper understanding of coastal priorities for other regions and to expand my network of colleagues who seek greater diversity and inclusion in the coastal sciences.

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