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Kimberley Miner

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109


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Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems


Dr. Kimberley R. Miner is a Scientist and Systems Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in California, where she researches and forecasts climate risks. Her work has taken her to the most extreme environments in the world- from Antarctica to Mt. Everest- where her team secured a Guinness World Record for identifying the highest altitude pollutants. Dr. Miner’s research has been highlighted by CBS, the New York Times, Washington Post, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. Before coming to NASA, she worked with the Department of Defense in Washington DC, assessing climate risks to national interests.

Dr. Miner is a Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security and Co-chair of the NASA HQ Interagency Forum on Climate Risks, Impacts, and Adaptation. She is a graduate of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (MPA) and the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute (Ph.D.), where she was a Fulbright, Switzer, and Department of Defense fellow. She is a Black belt, certified Wilderness Firefighter and First Responder, and mom to a lively cattledog.


  • Ph.D. Earth and Climate Sciences, University of Maine
  • M.P.A. Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University
  • B.A. Environmental Science, UC Santa Cruz

Professional Experience

  • Expert in ecological risks, impacts, and communication at international through local levels
  • Eight years managing research to assess climate change and environmental threats to forest, wilderness, and agriculture
  • Led emerging science projects at the intersection of climate change management and threat assessment
  • Numerous publications and media coverage on climate work- including the New York Times, Science and Nature

Community Service

  • Kidsave Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • Climate change risk assessment
  • Arctic
  • Systems science
  • Toxicology
  • Coupled human-natural systems

Selected Awards

  • National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow
  • Fulbright Fellow
  • Switzer Foundation Fellow
  • Edith M. Patch Outstanding Ph.D. Award

Selected Publications

  1. Deposition of PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ on Mt. Everest. Miner, K. R., H. Clifford, T. Taruscio, M. Potocki, G. Solomon, M. Ritari, I. E. Napper, A. P. Gajurel, and P. A. Mayewski. The Science of the total environment: 144421.
  2. Reaching new heights in plastic pollution—preliminary findings of microplastics on Mount Everest. Napper, Imogen E., Bede FR Davies, Heather Clifford, Sandra Elvin, Heather J. Koldewey, Paul A. Mayewski, Kimberley R. Miner et al. One Earth 3, no. 5 (2020): 621-630.
  3. A review of South American high-impact climate risks: the expectations and implications of a changing climate. Miner, KR. Oct. 29, 2019. The Wilson Center.
  4. The silent growing threat: uncontrolled chemical release in natural disasters. Miner, KR. July 17, 2019. Eos,
  5. A screening-level approach to quantifying glacial watershed pollution in Interior Alaska. Miner, KR, Kreutz KJ, Jain S, Campbell S, Liljedahl A. 5 Dec 2018. Nature, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.
  6. Preventing Chemical Release in Hurricanes. Miner KR, Wayant N, Ward H. 12 Oct 2018: Science. Vol. 362, Issue 6411, pp. 166,
  7. Quantitative screening level assessment of human risk from PCB in glacial meltwater: Silvretta Glacier, Swiss Alps. Miner, KR, Bogdal C, Pavlova P, Steinlin C, Kreutz KJ. Sept. 28, 2018. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. Volume 166, Pages 251-258.
  8. Organochlorine pollutants within a polythermal glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range. Miner, KR, Campbell S, Gerbi C, Anderson T, Perkins BL, Kreutz KJ. Aug.12 2018. Water. 10(9), 1157;
  9. Legacy organochlorine pollutants in glacial watersheds: A review. Miner KR, Blais J, Bogdal C, Villa S, Schwikowski M, Pavlova PA, Steinlin C, Gerbi C, Kreutz KJ. 2017. Environmental Science: Processes Impacts. 19, 1474-1483,!divAbstract