Kimberly Gardner is a part-time instructor at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Gardner received her doctorate in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland. She specializes in the processes and feedbacks of groundwater withdrawal in semi-arid grasslands.
Her research focuses on the interaction of biology, physics, and geology as related to desertification. Her master’s work focused on streams, lakes, and wetlands. Although not a trained geologist, she has provided research assistance to professors and graduate students studying the geology of the area near Big Bend National Park. She previously worked at Abt Associates as a federal contractor specializing in environmental regulation, policy development, and management/conference support. Specifically, she provided technical, regulatory, and training support for EPA’s Office of Emergency Management on the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rule (40 CFR 112). Prior to joining Abt Associates, she was a National Network of Environmental Sciences Fellow at the EPA analyzing background radiation for the demolition of rocky mountain arsenal. She has also worked as an intern for the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps identifying invasive species in diverse habitats at Avon Park Air Force Range.
Dr. Gardner earned a Master’s in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Natural Resources from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. At Indiana University, she spent a semester at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, Netherlands learning about water management in the developed and developing world. She teaching assisted a variety of classes at both Indiana University and the University of Maryland. She also taught Environmental Science at The Chefs Academy (Harrison College). Dr. Gardner is a member of ESA and AGU. She has presented her research at conferences for both AGU and ESA and published her research in AGU journals. Dr. Gardner teaches Landscape Ecology and Spatial Statistics.