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Emily Kelly

Emily Kelly

André Hoffman Fellow

Emily Kelly is an André Hoffmann Fellow at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Emily earned a BS from Duke University, an MS from the University of Michigan, and her PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Her dissertation research examined the role of herbivorous fishes in contributing to coral reef health on Maui, work that she did in collaboration with state resource managers.  She also conducted research on the effects of global change on kelp forests in southern California.  Most recently as a postdoc at Scripps, Emily focused on two lines of research.  The first examined the influence of local and global stressors on Maui’s reefs across the 2015 bleaching event.  The second studied the environmental impacts of tropical seaweed farming for carrageenan production.


Emily participated in UNFCCC COP 23 and in four Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, coauthored a summary report on National Security and Climate Change, and was an observer to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences / Social Sciences joint workshop at the Vatican on sustainable humanity.  Prior to her PhD, Emily was a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation and worked for several international NGOs.