- Assistant Research Scientist, Marine Science Institute, UCSB
- Project Scientist, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, UH
- Center Associate, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis, UCSB
Kim’s research projects are diverse but share a common goal of conducting science relevant to marine management.
Kim co-leads the NCEAS-based effort to develop tools for assessing and mapping human impacts to marine systems. Through her affiliation with the Hawaiian Institute of Marine Biology, she works with the managers of the Papāhanaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which protects the coral reefs of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Kim led an effort to map human impacts to Papāhanaumokuākea and started a project to adapt these methods to understand impacts according to a traditional Hawaiian world view. She continues to work on ways to extend human impact assessment and mapping.
Marine population genetics and connectivity
Kim has a long-standing interest in applying and improving population genetic approaches to estimate dispersal in coastal marine populations. She recently led a “seascape” genetics analysis of kelp forest species (lobster, kelp bass, sheephead and Kellet’s whelk) in Southern California that combined oceanographic, genetic and ecological data, and is now leading an effort to map genetic connectivity of 40+ species across the Hawaiian archipelago with Rob Toonen and the Tobo lab at HIMB.
Since 2006 Kim has spearheaded a local outreach campaign on the impact of seafood demand on ocean health. She is the director of the Santa Barbara Sustainable Seafood Program housed by the Ty Warner Sea Center/Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She also collaborates with the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, Inc. to increase local access to local seafood, including the creation of a Community Supported Fishery program at UCSB, due to begin in early 2012. Academically, she is interested in understanding how fisheries reform is influenced by the seafood supply chain and consumer demand.