Kimberley Rain Miner

Dr. Kimberley R. Miner is a Research Assistant Professor at the Climate Change Institute and a Physical Scientist at the Army Geospatial Research Laboratory, where she focuses on identifying cascading risk scenarios. In that capacity she leads a team developing risk assessment methodology and software tools deployed globally.  She is Co-Chair of the NASA Interagency Forum on Climate Risks, Impacts and Adaptation and a Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security in DC.

During her Doctoral research, Kimberley worked with multi-national teams in Canada, Switzerland and Alaska to develop the first human risk assessment of glacial meltwater pollution. For this work she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Canada, a National Science Foundation Fellowship, a SMART fellowship from the Department of Defense, and a Switzer Foundation Fellowship.

Prior to her PhD, Kimberley worked at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the NYC Office of Emergency Management, creating both in-person and online platforms from which scientists and emergency managers could engage with the public after Hurricane Sandy. Based upon the success of this work she was asked to join the 2014-2015 US Antarctic Program, where she traveled on a research vessel from Chile to Palmer Station in Antarctica.

Kimberley is a Black belt, Wilderness Firefighter and First Responder, and is part of the civilian response force for the US Army. She is a graduate of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (MPA) and University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute (PhD).


Field research areas include:

Alaskan Arctic


Swiss Alps

Italian Alps





More information and media links can be found here:

Miner discovers DDT in remote Alaska glacier and meltwater

Kimberley’s LinkedIn