Dusty Kirkland is a shuttle pilot of Ark Hyperion of the Andromeda Initiative, and a member of Alec Ryder's Pathfinder team. He was born on Eden Prime.

On Habitat 7, Dusty Kirkland and Andrew Greer separated from an injured David Fisher to look for help.

During first contact with the kett, Kirkland is shot and killed by a patrol whilst attempting to surrender.