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Kyle Neumann


2015 to Present  

PhD Candidate in Marine Science

UC Santa Barbara



Bachelor of Science in BioResource Research

Minor in Chemistry, Emphasis in Water Resources

Oregon State University


Professional Experience


2018 to PresentPhD Candidate

Burkepile Community Ecology Lab 

UCSB Marine Science Institute

2017 to 2018 - Lead Video Engineer 

Ocean Exploration Trust

2016 to 2018 - Graduate Student Researcher

Burkepile Community Ecology Lab

UCSB Marine Science Institute

2014 to 2016 - Video Engineer 

Ocean Exploration Trust

2014 to 2015 - Ocean Instrumentation Specialist

The Sexton Corporation

2013 to 2015 - Research Assistant

Geomicrobiology Lab

Oregon State University

2014 - Conference Coordinator

International Marine Technician's Conference

Oregon State University

2012 to 2013  - CEO/Camera Systems Engineer 

Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Team

Linn Benton Community College

2011 to 2013 - Camera/Production Assistant 

Oregon Field Guide

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Teaching Experience 

2016 to Present - Research Mentor to ten undergraduate students from Engineering and Science programs

UC Santa Barbara

2017 to Present Director of Ati Vai: A middle school educational program focused on watershed process and aquatic biology

Mo'orea, French Polynesia 

2018 to 2019 - Advisor for undergraduate engineering

program senior capstone project

UC Santa Barbara

2017 - Teaching Assistant

Introductory Biology Lab

UC Santa Barbara

2016 to 2017 - Robotics Instructor 

The Anacapa School

2015 - SciTrek Classroom Lead

La Colina Junior High School


Neumann, K.C., Yoo, H., La, D., Burkepile, D.E. Programmable autonomous water sampler (PAWS) for aquatic research. In prep for HardwareX

Hollarsmith, J. A., Ramírez-Ortiz, G., Winquist,  T., Velasco-Lozano, M. DuBois, K., ReyesBonilla, H., Neumann, K.C., Grosholz., E.D. Habitat structures mesophotic communities in the Bay of La Paz and the Revillagigedo Archipelago. Accepted with minor revisions at the Journal of Biogeography.

Torres, M., Colwell, F., Yang, J., Wishart, J., Neumann, K.C., Verba, C. (2014). Biogeochemical reactions that control tracer and contaminant release. National Energy Technology Laboratory Unconventional Resources Final Report  (EPACT)            

Data Sets

Neumann, K.C., Pierce, K., Burkepile, D.E. Nutrient and sediment flux from major watersheds in Mo'orea, French Polynesia

Neumann, K.C., Zubia, M., Pierce, K., Burkepile, D.E. Coral and algal community composition on fringing reefs adjacent to major watersheds in Mo'orea, French Polynesia


Neumann, K.C., Underhill, W., Green, C., Burkepile, D.E. Land-use change on Mo'orea, French Polynesia as observed by LANDSAT and Worldview 


Neumann, K.C., Ezzat, L., Pierce, K., Burkepile, D.E. Microbial diversity in major watersheds on Mo'orea, French Polynesia

Fellowships, Grants & Awards


2016 to Present - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2019 - Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Global Outreach Initiative

2019 - Worster Award for mentorship of undergraduate research

2019 - Schmidt Family Foundation Environmental Solutions Fellowship

2018 - Distinguished Alumni Award

Maria Carrillo High School

2017 - Link Foundation Ocean Instrumentation Fellowship

2017 - Honda Marine Ocean Instrumentation Fellowship 

2016 - 1st prize in the UC Santa Barbara New Ventures Competition 

2016 - Marine Technology Society's ROV Committee Scholarship

2016 - UC Santa Barbara Coastal Fund Grant

Conference Presentations

December 2019 - Rivers, land use change, and the influence
of rivers on reefs. Talk at the Mo'orea Coral Reef LTER All Investigators Meeting 

November 2019 - Water-Corers: Low-cost, open source water samplers designed to study ecosystem dynamics in novel ways and with high resolution. Speed talk presented at the Western Society of Naturalists Meeting

November 2018 - Nutrients from Ridge to Reef on Mo'orea, A High Island in the South Pacific. Poster presented at the Western Society of Naturalists Meeting

October 2014 -  Development of high resolution osmotically driven sampling systems to track nutrient flux in shallow marine environments. Poster presented at the Oregon Sea Grant State of the Coast Conference

October 2014 - Development of high resolution osmotically driven sampling systems to track nutrient flux in shallow marine environments. Poster presented at the Pacific Northwest Marine Technology Summit

May 2014 -  Development of osmotic sampling systems for chemical and microbial characterization of Marcellus Shale flowback waters. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Hydrophiles Water Research Symposium.

Invited Talks

August 2018 - Connexions montagne-récif à Moorea, Teavaro Community Center, Mo'orea, French Polynesia 

April 2018 - My Path to Becoming a Scientist, Maria Carrillo High School

December 2016 - Robotics in Undersea Research and Exploration, ACE Maritime University, Atlantic Ocean 

December 2016 - Crowdsourcing Environmental Data, ACE Maritime University, Atlantic Ocean                                  

July 2016 - Bob Ballard and Friends, The Lobrero Theater, Santa Barbara CA 

February 2016 & 2017 - Robotics in Undersea Research and Exploration, The Anacapa School, Santa Barbara CA

September 2014 - 5 weeks aboard the E/V Nautilus, Kenwood Elementary School, Kenwood CA                              

October 2014 - Interning aboard the E/V Nautilus, Linn Benton Community College, Albany OR                             

  • Field Operations/Mission Planning

  • 3d Design and Modelling 

  • Electromechanical systems engineering

  • Hardware-software integration

  • Machining, welding and fabrication 

  • Audio and video system design and operation

  • Video and audio production

  • Small boat operation

  • FAA Licensed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Pilot

  • AAUS Scientific Diver/TDI Nitrox Diver/Drysuit Diver

  • PADI Rescue Diver (including: CPR/First Aid/AED/Oxygen Provider)

  • STCW-95 Personal Survival Techniques

  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

  • Marine Technology Society

  • IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

  • Western Society of Naturalists

  • Divers Alert Network

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