Kelly joins AFDF this year as an Alaska Sea Grant (ASG) fellow. She holds a MAS degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2023), and a BS in Sociology & Anthropology from the University of Puget Sound (2010). During her time at Scripps she interned at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center with the Antarctic Ecosystem Resources Division, and co-founded an art-science club with the Benthic Invertebrates Collection.
In 2012 she made her first trip to Alaska to work as a deckhand in Bristol Bay, and she later lived in Lake Clark National Park for three years, co-managing a wilderness lodge, working as a guide, and participating in a yearly salmon harvest. San Diego is her home-town, and her love of the ocean was cemented growing up on this coastline, and continues through surfing, boating, and scuba diving. Based in Juneau during her fellowship, she’s thrilled to explore Southeast Alaska, and to continue to learn and grow through working with AFDF this year.