Ryan Kelly, Ph.D., JD

Associate Professor, School of Marine & Environmental Affairs

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

Tillotson, M.D., R.P. Kelly, J.J. Duda, M. Hoy, J. Kralj, and T.P. Quinn. 2018. Concentrations of Environmental DNA (eDNA) Reflect Spawning Salmon Abundance at Fine Spatial and Temporal Scales. Biological Conservation 220:1-11.

Kelly, R.P., R. Gallego Simón, and E. Jacobs-Palmer. 2018. The Effect of Tides on Nearshore Environmental DNA. PeerJ: 6:e4521.

Hart, C.J., R.P. Kelly, and S.F. Peterson. 2018. Will the California Current Lose its Nesting Tufted Puffins? PeerJ 6: e4519.

Battista, W., R.P. Kelly, A. Erickson, and R. Fujita. 2018. Fisheries Governance Impacting Conservation Outcomes in the United States and European Union. (Submitted, Coastal Management).

Lee, T.S., J.D. Toft, J. Cordell, M.N. Dethier, J. Adams, and R.P. Kelly. 2018. Quantifying the Effectiveness of Shoreline Armoring Removal on Coastal Biota of Puget Sound. PeerJ 6:e4275.

O’Donnell, J.L., R.P. Kelly, A.O. Shelton, J.F. Samhouri, N.C. Lowell, G.D. Williams. 2017. Spatial Distribution of Environmental DNA in a Nearshore Marine Habitat. PeerJ 5:e3044.

Mossler, M.V., A. Bostrom, R.P. Kelly, K.M. Crosman, and P. Moy. 2017. How Does Framing Affect Policy Support for Emissions Mitigation? Testing the Effect of Ocean Acidification and Other Frames. Global Environmental Change 45:63-78.

Kelly, R.P., C.J. Closek, J.L. O’Donnell, J.E. Kralj, A.O. Shelton, and J.F. Samhouri. 2017. Genetic and Manual Survey Methods Yield Different and Complementary Views of an Ecosystem. Frontiers in Marine Science 3:283, doi=10.3389/fmars.2016.00283.