Kyle Emery

Assistant Researcher, Marine Science Institute
Kyle Emery on a research diving trip in the Santa Barbara Channel

Kyle Emery is Research Faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has a PhD in Marine Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MS and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. His research program is focused on quantifying and understanding the ecological implications of coastal ecosystem connectivity, particularly between kelp forests and sandy beaches, and how the impacts of climate change can alter these dynamics via changes to food webs and community composition. His research is also focused on measuring the attributes of and changes in coastal habitats including kelp forests, rocky intertidal, sandy beaches, and dunes using remote sensing (drones, satellite imagery) approaches within the context of both climate change and sea level rise. Kyle is passionate about coastal ecosystems and can often be found in the field, either research diving or conducting beach surveys, across the State of California. He is a member of both CERF and ASLO as well as a mentor and contributor to various marine science efforts in the Santa Barbara area.