Dr. Kristin Wilson Grimes is the director for the Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute and a research assistant professor of Watershed Ecology at the Center for Marine & Environmental Studies at the University of the Virgin Islands. She is an interdisciplinary, coastal geoscientist interested in the response of nearshore environments and coastal wetlands to climate change and other human stressors, like land-use change.
As Institute Director, Kristin works with federal, state, and local partners to identify and find solutions to water resource related issues in the US Virgin Islands. This includes funding sound scientific research to address these challenges and supporting educational initiatives centered on water conservation in territorial schools.
Prior to joining the University of the Virgin Islands, Kristin was the Research Director for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, ME, one of 28 NOAA-supported sites around the country that are dedicated to the protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems through integrated research, stewardship, education, and community partnerships. Much of her work there focused on coastal water quality issues. Kristin obtained her Ph.D. in Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Masters in Marine Biology, and Masters in Marine Policy, all from the University of Maine, Orono, ME and Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, Middlebury VT.