Kyle Van Houtan is the Chief Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and serves as an adjunct at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). He concurrently holds an adjunct professorship at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. His research explores global change, biodiversity conservation, historical ecology, and ethics. In 2012, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama for his pioneering research on how climate regulates sea turtle populations.
Kyle earned his bachelor of arts from the University of Virginia, a master of science from Stanford University, and a PhD from Duke University, and completed postdoctoral research at Emory University. Before joining the aquarium, he served as a program leader for NOAA in Hawaii where he led initiatives across the Pacific in protected species and climate.