Ryan Kelly is an affiliated researcher with Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions and an assistant professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington. Ryan's role is to bridge the divide between hard scientific data and policymakers' use of those data, bringing both technical and legal analysis to bear on issues affecting the coastal ocean. Ryan received a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and environmental biology from Columbia University, followed by two years of postdoctoral work at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, using molecular techniques to study the interplay among geography, ecology and genetics in Pacific intertidal animals. He later received a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, applying genetic and ecological research to real-world questions of law and policy. His current work focuses on ocean acidification, environmental monitoring and public resources management.