Kimberly Andrews, Ph.D.
Faculty - Coastal Ecology Specialist
Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
Dr. Kimberly Andrews earned her Ph.D. in Ecology (2010), an M.Sc. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (2004), and a B.Sc. in Ecology (1999) from the University of Georgia (UGA). Kimberly is the Coastal Ecology Specialist and Faculty at the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant where she manages the Coastal Ecology Lab in Brunswick, GA. She works on projects throughout coastal Georgia and in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. She moved to coastal Georgia in 2011 to establish this research lab and education program in collaboration with Dr. Terry Norton at the Jekyll Island Authority - Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The integrated research conducted in her lab focuses on the health of habitats and resident wildlife species native to the coast and coastal plain through studies on behavior, movements, ecotoxicology, and population monitoring. Additionally, Kimberly is interested in how we can avoid or mitigate the effects of built infrastructure and human activities on our natural ecosystems in ways that accommodate the functionality of both ecological and human systems. In particular, she is involved in transportation ecology, how to reduce the effects of fragmentation and wildlife mortality, and how we manage and care for our communities that are affected by changing climates and sea-level rise.
Photo Credit: UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
Coastal Ecology Lab
University of Georgia Marine Extension
715 Bay St
Brunswick, GA 31520
Kimberly loves being in the field and collecting data, but her favorite part of being a conservation ecologist is sharing her passion and translating the knowledge we gain through scientific research to those around her, with the hope of improving the physical and mental well-being of other members of the community who reside in the same habitats she studies and who are also affected by changes in environmental health. She believes that conservation success cannot, and should not, be achieved without developing a collaborative understanding and engaging a resolution process that includes stakeholder representation alongside the expected presence of scientists, habitat managers and decision-makers. It appears that most people care about our natural resources, but many do not understand the problems or what they can do to participate in progress toward the solutions. It can be our job as scientists to take this extra step to bring our science and concerns to others' doorsteps.