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Ryan Kelly

Thriving Earth Exchange Advisory Board

Dr. Ryan Kelly

Analyst for Science, Law, and Policy
Center for Ocean Solutions
Stanford University

Ryan Kelly is an early career fellow with Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions. 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 U.C. 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.