Kevin Neely has close to 30 years' experience in the research field, with 5 years in environmental work (private sector) after graduating from college and 22 years in marine research with such institutions as the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Southwest Texas State, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science, and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (since 1999). He has worked in the field of marine chemistry, marine plankton (phytoplankton and zooplankton), chemical analysis, groundwater analysis (EPA), chemical waste management, and marine biogeochemistry.

Since arriving in Bermuda he has occasionally served as Chief Scientist on monthly sampling events for the Bermuda Atlantic Time Series (BATS) and assisted with various inshore projects. Presently he works in the Marine Biogeochemistry Lab (where he also undertakes work for ICESCAPE), collecting sea water from all over the world and measuring for DIC (Dissolved Inorganic Carbon) and alkalinity. These measurements are used to further understand the carbon cycle and provide insight into the process of ocean acidification.