Ryan Kelly, Ph.D., JD

Assistant Professor

Research areas

Trained as both an ecologist and a lawyer, Ryan Kelly has a broad set of interests, focused both on hard scientific data and policymakers’ use of those data. From the science side, he studies the interplay between geography, ecology, and genetics in marine species. His more applied research joins genetic and ecological research with real-world implementation in law and policy, particularly with respect to environmental monitoring, resource management, endangered species, and ocean acidification. In general, he is drawn to projects that have significant elements of both scientific and policy relevance as we work towards more sustainable use of marine resources. Dr. Kelly received his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Columbia University, and his JD from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Dr. Kelly teaches:

  • SMEA 515: US Coastal and Ocean Law
  • SMEA 550: Marine Biodiversity: Science, Law, and Policy
  • SMEA 591: Marine Science in the Coastal Zone
  • ENV 250: Environmental Studies: Data Types and Collection Methods

Selected publications

Kelly, R.P., A. Erickson, L. Mease, W. Battista, J. Kittinger, R. Fujita. 2015. Embracing Thresholds for Better Environmental Management. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370: 20130276.

Kelly, R.P., A.L. Erickson, and L.A. Mease. 2014. How Not to Fall Off a Cliff, or Using Tipping Points to Improve Environmental Management. 41 Ecology Law Quarterly 843.

Kelly, R.P., J.A. Port, K.M. Yamahara, R.G. Martone, N. Lowell, P.F. Thomsen, M.E. Mach, E. Prahler, M.R. Caldwell, and L.B. Crowder. 2014. Harnessing DNA to Improve Environmental Management, Science 344 (6191): 1455-1456. doi:10.1126/science.1251156.

Kelly, R.P., J.A. Port, K.M. Yamahara, and L. Crowder.  2014.  Using Environmental DNA to Census Marine Fishes in a Large Mesocosm. PLoS ONE 9(1): e86175. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086175.

A.L. Strong, K.J. Kroeker, L.T. Teneva, L.A. Mease, and R.P. Kelly. 2014. Ocean Acidification 2.0: Managing Our Changing Coastal Ocean Chemistry. BioScience: doi: 10.1093/biosci/biu072.

Kelly, R.P., A. Erickson, L. Mease, W. Battista, J. Kittinger, R. Fujita.  2014.  Embracing Thresholds for Better Environmental Management.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370: 20130276.

Kelly, R.P. and M. Caldwell. 2013. “Not Supported by Current Science” : The National Forest Management Act and the Lessons of Environmental Monitoring for the Future of Public Resources Management. 32 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 151.

Kelly, R.P., and M. Caldwell. 2013. Ten Ways States Can Fight Ocean Acidification (and Why They Should). 37 Harvard Environmental Law Review 57.

Billé, R.P. Kelly, et al. 2013. Taking Action Against Ocean Acidification: A Review of Management and Policy Options. Environmental Management 52(4): 761-779.

Kelly, R.P., M.M. Foley, W. Fisher, R. Feely, B.S. Halpern, G.G. Waldbusser, and M.R. Caldwell. 2011. Mitigating Local Causes of Ocean Acidification with Existing Laws. Science 332: 1036-1037.