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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 an Earth scientist with a focus on risk assessment and systems dynamics. At JPL, Kimberley works with international teams on the Arctic Methane Project looking at the impacts of climate change in the Arctic. Kimberley has researched climate change with multi-national teams in Canada, Switzerland, and Alaska. During her Ph.D., she developed the first health assessment of glacial meltwater pollution. For this groundbreaking work, she was awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the Switzer Foundation. Kimberley is a Black belt, certified Wilderness Firefighter and First Responder, and has an awesome rescue dog named Darby.


  • 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