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Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

I have a broad set of interests, focused both on hard scientific data and policymakers’ use of those data. From the  science side, I study the interplay among geography, ecology, and genetics in marine species. My 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. I am generally attracted to projects that have significant elements of both scientific and policy relevance as we work towards more sustainable use of marine resources.  See: Kelly Research Lab website: http://kellyresearchlab.com/.



J.D. --- UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall)

Ph.D. --- Columbia University

M.A. --- Columbia University

B.Sc. --- UCLA


Recent Publications

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. (In press, Stanford Environmental Law Journal). (Available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2265478).

Kelly, R.P., and M. Caldwell.  2013.  Ten Ways States Can Fight Ocean Acidification (and Why They Should). 37 Harvard Environmental Law Review 57. (Available at: http://www3.law.harvard.edu/journals/elr/files/2013/05/Kelly-Caldwell.pdf).

R. Billé, J-P. Gattuso, R.P. Kelly, et al.  International Policy Responses for Ocean Acidification.  (Submitted, Environmental Management).

Caldwell, M. R., Hartge, E. H., Ewing, L. C., Griggs, G., Kelly, R. P., Moser, S. C., Newkirk, S. G., Smyth, R. A., & Woodson, C. B. (2013). Chapter 9: Coastal Issues. In: Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Merideth, R., Black, M., & LeRoy, S. (Eds.), Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: a Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press. (Available at: this link).

Kelly, R.P., and M.R. Caldwell. 2012. The Limits of Water Quality Criteria. The Environmental Forum 29(6): 34-38.  (Available at: http://blogs.law.stanford.edu/newsfeed/files/2012/10/Kelly-and-Cadwell_F...).

Kelly, R.P. and J. Grote Stoutenburg. 2012. Washington State's Legal and Policy Options for Combating Ocean Acidification in State Waters. Center for Ocean Solutions. (Available at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/water/marine/oa/2012report_app8.pdf).

Kelly, R.P., and M. Caldwell.  2012.  Why Ocean Acidification Matters to California, and What California Can Do About It. Center for Ocean Solutions.  (Available at: http://www.centerforoceansolutions.org/publications/all).

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.  (Available at: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/332/6033/1036?ijkey=n2jTVQ81X...)

Kelly, R.P.  2011.  Spineless Wonders: How Listing Marine Invertebrates and their Larvae Challenges the US Endangered Species Act.  19 Penn State Environmental Law Review 1-53. (Available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=1676435).

D.J. Barshis, E.E. Sokta, R.P. Kelly, A. Sivasundar, B.A. Menge, J. Barth, and S.R. Palumbi.  2011. Coastal Upwelling May Drive Sweepstakes Recruitment in the Acorn Barnacle Balanus glandula. Marine Ecology Progress Series 439: 139-150.

Kelly, R.P.  2010.  The Use of Population Genetics in Endangered Species Act Listing Decisions.  37 Ecology Law Quarterly 1107-1159. (Available at: http://www.boalt.org/elq/documents/elq37_4_04_kelly_2011_0220.pdf).

Kelly, R.P., and S.R. Palumbi.  2010.  Genetic Structure Among 50 Species of the Northeastern Pacific Rocky Intertidal Community. PLoS ONE 5(1): e8594. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008594

Kelly, R.P., T.A. Oliver, A. Sivasundar, and S.R. Palumbi.  2010.  A Method for Detecting Population Genetic Structure in Diverse, High Gene-Flow Species.  Journal of Heredity 101(4): 423-436.

Kelly, R.P., and S.R. Palumbi.  2009. General-use polymerase chain reaction primers for amplification and direct sequencing of enolase, a single-copy nuclear gene, from different animal phyla.  Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 144-147.

Kelly, R.P., and D.J. Eernisse.  2008. Reconstructing a Radiation: The Chiton Genus Mopalia in the North Pacific.  Invertebrate Systematics 22: 17-28.

Kelly, R.P. and D.J. Eernisse.  2007.  Southern Hospitality: A Latitudinal Gradient in Gene Flow in the Marine Environment.  Evolution 61(3): 700-707.

Kelly, R.P., I.N. Sarkar, D.J. Eernisse, and R. Desalle.  2007.  DNA Barcoding Using Chitons (genus Mopalia).  Molecular Ecology Notes 7: 177-183.