Kimberly Howland holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Ecology from the University of Alberta. She is currently a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba and an adjunct professor with the Universities of Alberta, Manitoba, Laval and Quebec. She has conducted aquatic ecology research in the Arctic for over 20 years and was the Arctic node lead for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network from 2010-2016. Her research program on marine aquatic invasive species in this region focusses on improving baseline coastal biodiversity information, risk assessments of shipping pathways and species, predictive modelling of habitat suitability for high risk species, and incorporating early detection tools in community-based monitoring. She represents Canada on the steering committee for the implementation of the Arctic Council Arctic Invasive Alien Species Strategy and the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) expert working groups on Introductions and Transfers of Marine Species and Ballast Water and Other Shipping Vectors.