Alumni Profile: Kimberly Clements MEM-DEL ’07

Name: Kimberly Clements
Duke Degree: M.E.M. via the Duke Environmental Leadership Program, 2007
Title/Org: Fish Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Professional Bio:

Kimberly Clements is a fish biologist with the Department of Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service located in Sacramento, California. She works as a restoration coordinator under the San Joaquin River Restoration Program with the primary goal to restore a population of spring run Chinook salmon along a 150-mile portion of the San Joaquin’s river mainstem from Friant Dam (north of Fresno) downstream to the confluence of the Merced River. She works with local, state, and federal resource agency counterparts as well as landowners and non-government stakeholders to manage river flows, improve volitional passage for fish and restore juvenile and adult habitat.

Before joining the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2017, she worked one year as a Lead Planner for the US Army Corps of Engineers in the Coastal Studies Division at the Los Angeles District, CA, developing flood protection, navigation expansion, and ecosystem restoration projects. Prior to moving to California in 2016 she worked 8 years with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service as a fishery biologist restoring coastal habitat in the Gulf of Mexico including wetlands, oyster reefs, and barrier islands resulting from natural disaster and oil spill impacts. Kimberly started her career as a marine biologist in the U.S. Peace Corps as a volunteer in the Pacific Islands serving in the Federated States of Micronesia, from 2000-2002.

Professional Memberships and Networks:

  • Sierra Club
  • American Fisheries Society
  • Returned Peace Corps Association
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

Contact Me About:

  • Coastal Habitat Restoration
  • River restoration for anadromous fish
  • Fish Passage
  • Climate Change
  • Species Recovery


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