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Matthew E. Kimball

Title: Assistant Director, Marine Field Laboratory
Assistant Research Professor
Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences
Phone: 843-904-9030
Office: BMFL 134
Resources: Baruch Marine Field Lab
P.O. Box 1630
Georgetown, SC 29442 USA
Matt Kimball


2008 - PhD, Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers University
2003 - MS, Zoology, North Carolina State University
1999 - BS, Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


7/2013 - Present:  Assistant Director, Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, USC
7/2013 - Present:  Assistant Research Professor, Baruch Institute, USC
1/2011 - 6/2013:  Research Coordinator, GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve
1/2011 - 6/2013:  Assistant Research Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of North Florida
7/2008 - 12/2010:  Postdoctoral Researcher, Renewable Nat. Resources, Louisiana State University


My general research interests are in marine ecology, particularly the influence of biological and physical factors on the community dynamics of coastal fauna and flora.  I am especially interested in the influence of such factors on the distribution and movement of early life and adult stages of estuarine and coastal fishes and invertebrates, as well as the effects of habitat on the survival and growth of these organisms. I have pursued these interests through research efforts, often combining field and laboratory approaches, in a wide range of estuarine systms and the coastal ocean along the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts.


MSCI 460-002, Fisheries Research Field Techniques:  Course for upper level undergraduate marine science majors that focuses on field methods commonly used in fish ecology research in coastal and estuarine habitats typically found along the US Atlantic coast. The course is an intensive, field-based three-week summer course conducted in residence at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, located at the edge of the North Inlet estuary in Georgetown, SC. Students in this immersive course gain firsthand experience with techniques for examining the abundance, distribution, growth, and behavior of fishes in a variety of salt marsh habitats.


Stevens PW, Kimball ME, Elmo GM, Williams KL, Ritch JL, Crane DP (in press). Investigation into the occurrence of juvenile common snook Centropomus undecimalis, a subtropical estuarine sport fish, in saltmarshes beyond their established range. Estuaries and Coasts.

Pfirrmann BW, Kimball ME, Mace MM, III, Turley BD (2021). Summer ichthyoplankton assemblage diversity within a southeastern United States estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 44(1):253-268.

Baker R, Taylor MD, Able KW, Beck MW, Cebrian J, Colombano DD, Connolly RM, Currin C, Deegan LA, Feller IC, Gilby BL, Kimball ME, Minello TJ, Rozas LP, Simenstad C, Turner RE, Waltham NJ, Weinstein MP, Ziegler SL, zu Ermgassen PSE, Alcott C, Alford SB, Barbeau MA, Crosby SC, Dodds K, Frank A, Goeke J, Gaines LAG, Hardcastle FE, Henderson CJ, James WR, Kenworthy MD, Lesser J, Mallick D, Martin CW, McDonald AE, McLuckie C, Morrison BH, Nelson JA, Norris GS, Ollerhead J, Pahl JW, Ramsden S, Rehage JS, Reinhardt JF, Rezek RJ, Risse LM, Smith JAM, Sparks EL, Staver LW (2020). Fisheries rely on threatened salt marshes. Science 370(6517):670-671.

Kimball ME, Allen DM, Kenny PD, Ogburn-Matthews V (2020). Decadal-scale changes in subtidal nekton assemblages in a warm-temperate estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 43(4):927-939.

Mace MM, III, Kimball ME, Elmo GM, Crane DP (2020). Overwinter survival, age, and growth of juvenile tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) in a shallow, tidally-restricted habitat in South Carolina. Environmental Biology of Fishes 103(8):965-972.

Kimball, ME, Mace, MM, III (2020). Survival, growth, and tag retention in salt marsh fishes implanted with Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags. Estuaries and Coasts 43(1):151-160.

Garwood JA, Allen DM, Kimball ME, Boswell KM (2019). Site fidelity and habitat use by young-of-the-year transient fishes in salt marsh intertidal creeks. Estuaries and Coasts 42(5):1387-1396.

Boswell KM, Kimball ME, Rieucau G, Martin JGA, Jacques DA, Correa D, Allen DM (2019). Tidal stage mediates periodic asynchrony between predator and prey nekton in salt marsh creeks. Estuaries and Coasts 42(5):1342-1352.

Mace MM, III, Kimball ME, Haffey ER (2019). The nekton assemblage of salt marsh pools in a southeastern United States estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 42(1):264-273.

Kimball ME, Boswell KM, Rozas LP, Berwaldt EK, Richards AR (2018). Swimming abilities of juvenile estuarine fishes: Implications for passage at water control structures. Wetlands Ecology and Management 26(3):383-390.

Mace MM, III, Kimball ME, Haffey ER (2018). Recruitment and habitat use of early life stage tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) in South Carolina estuaries. Estuaries and Coasts 41(3):841-854.

Havran JC, Stowe KA, Blanchard TA, Kandl KL, Kimball ME, Richter SC, Swain HM, Lohrer FE, Angell DD, Terhune TM (2017). Education at field stations and marine laboratories in the southeastern United States. Southeastern Naturalist 16(Special Issue 10):146-157.

Mace MM, III, Haffey ER, Kimball ME (2017). Low-temperature tolerance of juvenile tarpon Megalops atlanticus. Environmental Biology of Fishes 100(8):913-922.

Korsman BK, Kimball ME, Hernandez FJ (2017). Spatial and temporal variability in ichthyoplankton communities ingressing through two adjacent inlets along the southeastern US Atlantic coast. Hydrobiologia 795:219-237.

Kimball ME, Boswell KM, Rozas LP (2017). Estuarine fish behavior around slotted water control structures in a managed salt marsh. Wetlands Ecology and Management 25:299-312.

Li C, Li X, Boswell KM, Kimball ME, Lin J (2017). Estuarine plume: A case study by satellite SAR observations and in situ measurements. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 55(4):2276-2287.

Lin J, Li C, Boswell KM, Kimball ME, Rozas LP (2016). Examination of winter circulation in a northern Gulf of Mexico estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 39:879-899.

Kimball ME, Rozas LP, Boswell KM, Cowan JH (2015). Effects of slotted water control structures on nekton movement within salt marshes. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 7:177–189.

Rieucau G, Boswell KM, Kimball ME, Diaz G, Allen DM (2015). Tidal and diel variations in schooling behavior of estuarine fish within an intertidal salt marsh creek. Hydrobiologia 753:149-162.

Eash-Loucks WE, Kimball ME, Petrinec KM (2014). Long-term changes in an estuarine mud crab community: Evaluating the impact of nonnative species. Journal of Crustacean Biology 34(6):731-738.

Pawelek JC, Kimball ME (2014). Gopher tortoise ecology in coastal upland and beach dune habitats in northeast Florida. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 13(1):27-34.

Williams AA, Eastman SF, Eash-Loucks WE, Kimball ME, Lehmann ML, Parker JD (2014). Record northernmost endemic mangroves on the United States Atlantic coast with a note on latitudinal migration. Southeastern Naturalist 13(1):56–63.

Williams AA, Kimball ME (2013). Evaluation of long-term trends in hydrographic and nutrient parameters in a southeast US coastal river. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185:10495-10509.

Henzler JM, Xue R, Thornton A, Kimball ME, Shirley MA (2013). Mosquito species composition and seasonal abundance in a National Estuarine Research Reserve in northeast Florida. Technical Bulletin of the Florida Mosquito Control Association 9:13-16.

Hare JA, Wuenschel MJ, Kimball ME (2012). Projecting range limits with coupled thermal tolerance - climate change models:  An example based on gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) along the U.S. east coast. PLoS ONE 7(12): e52294. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052294.

Wuenschel MJ, Hare JA, Kimball ME, Able KW (2012). Evaluating juvenile thermal tolerance as a constraint on adult range of gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus):  A combined laboratory, field and modeling approach. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 436-437:19-27.

Kimball ME, Able KW (2012). Tidal migrations of intertidal salt marsh creek nekton examined with underwater video. Northeastern Naturalist 19(3):475-486.

Humphries AT, La Peyre MK, Kimball ME, Rozas LP (2011). Testing the effect of habitat structure and complexity on nekton assemblages using experimental oyster reefs. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 409:172-179.

Kimball ME, Rozas LP, Boswell KM, Cowan JH (2010). Evaluating the effect of slot size and environmental variables on the passage of estuarine nekton through a water control structure. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 395:181-190.

Kimball ME, Able KW, Grothues TM (2010). Evaluation of long-term response of intertidal creek nekton to Phragmites australis (Common Reed) removal in oligohaline Delaware Bay salt marshes. Restoration Ecology 18(5):772-779.

Able KW, Grothues TM, Hagan SM, Kimball ME, Nemerson DM, Taghon GL (2008). Long-term response of fishes to restoration of former salt hay farms: Multiple measures of restoration success. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 18(1):65-97.

Kimball ME, Able KW (2007). Tidal utilization of nekton in Delaware Bay restored and reference intertidal salt marsh creeks. Estuaries and Coasts 30(6):1075-1087.

Kimball ME, Able KW (2007). Nekton utilization of intertidal salt marsh creeks: Tidal influences in natural Spartina, invasive Phragmites, and marshes treated for Phragmites removal. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 346:87-101.

Kimball ME, Miller JM, Whitfield PE, Hare JA (2004). Thermal tolerance and potential distribution of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles complex) on the east coast of the United States. Marine Ecology Progress Series 283:269-278.

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