Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Kelly is a NatureNet Science Fellow with a background in applied community and ecosystem ecology. She has worked on a variety of conservation issues, including rare plant population genetics, the dynamics of plant invasions, and methods for estimating plant species’ vulnerability to climate change. Her dissertation explored whether concepts from plant ecology can help us understand how soil microbial communities - and the ecosystem services they provide - will respond to environmental and management changes. For this work, she studied changes in precipitation patterns in California grasslands and changes in nutrient management practices in annual row crop fields.
Kelly has experience in the non-profit and government sectors, having worked as a Research Botanist for NatureServe and as a biologist at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). She was also a UC Davis Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service Fellow at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, where she worked on an incentives program for farmers and ranchers to improve soil health.
With the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and The Nature Conservancy California, Kelly is investigating strategies through which climate change mitigation programs on working lands can deliver multiple benefits, including biodiversity conservation and meeting farmers’ and ranchers’ goals for their operations. The project is closely coordinated with state agencies, providing a link through which results can be directly applied to program development and implementation.