Kimberly Beesley

Kimberly Beesley
Kimberly Beesley
Kimberly Beesley Kimberly Beesley
Senior Research Specialist
office. Barstow Hall 11
University of Wisconsin-Superior


Kimberly enjoys many outdoor activities including, but not limited to, mountain biking, gardening, beekeeping, and agate hunting. She also spends much of her free time reading and channeling her creativity through painting, art projects and home renovations.

Professional Background

Kimberly received her B.S. in chemistry with a forensic science concentration from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. While earning her degree she was employed as a student assistant at the Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI), which provided an immense amount of experience in the research field. After graduation Kimberly worked as a Laboratory Technician at Pace Analytical in Virginia, MN and then as a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager at Jack Links in Minong, WI before getting the chance to come back to UW-Superior and work for the LSRI once again.

Research Interests

Kimberly is interested in research related to heavy metals contamination in the environment and also groundwater monitoring, ballast water management, and preventing the spread of invasive species. She is currently working on projects related to heavy metal concentrations in biota and water samples such as: determining mercury concentrations in fish tissue for local tribal agencies, determining concentration of various heavy metals in wild rice, turkey, and maple syrup for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), and analyzing private and public drinking water samples for various metals including lead and arsenic.

Awards & Honors

Kimberly co-authored an article on the 3 different life stages of sea lamprey in Lake Superior and the concentration of mercury found in each stage: Moses, S.K., C.N.Polkinghorne, W.P.Mattes, K.M.Beesley. 2018. Spatial and Ontogenetic Variation in Mercury in Lake Superior Basin Sea Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus).  This article was published in the 100th volume issue of Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

Most Recent Degree

2011 - Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Chemistry with a Forensic Science conentration - University of Wisconsin-Superior