Ryan Kelly

Email: rpk@stanford.edu
Ryan Kelly

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.


Ryan P. Kelly and Margaret R. Caldwell. Ten Ways States Can Combat Ocean Acidification (And Why They Should), Harvard Environmental Law Review (2013).

Caldwell, M. R., Hartge, E. H., Ewing, L. C., Griggs, G., Kelly, R. P., Moser, S. C., Newkirk, S. G., Smyth, R. A., & Woodson, C. B. Chapter 9: Coastal Issues. In: Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Merideth, R., Black, M., & LeRoy, S. Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States in the National Climate Assessment Regional Technical Input Series (2013).

Ryan Kelly and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg. Washington State's Legal and Policy Options for Combating Ocean Acidification in State Waters, Center for Ocean Solutions (2012).

Kelly, R.P., and M.R. Caldwell. 2012. The Limits of Water Quality Criteria. The Environmental Forum 29(6): 34-38.

Kelly, R.P., M.M. Foley, W. S.  Fisher, R. A. Feely, B. S. Halpern, G. G. Waldbusser and M. R. Caldwell.  2011.  Mitigating Local Causes of Ocean Acidification with Existing Laws.  Science 332(6033): 1036-1037.  

Kelly, R.P. 2011. Spineless Wonders: How Listing Marine Invertebrates and their Larvae Challenges the US Endangered Species Act. 19 Penn State Environmental Law Review 1-53. 

Kelly, R.P. 2010. The Use of Population Genetics in Endangered Species Act Listing Decisions. 37 Ecology Law Quarterly 1107-1159. 

D.J. Barshis, E.E. Sokta, R.P. Kelly, A. Sivasundar, B.A. Menge, J. Barth, and S.R. Palumbi. 2010. Coastal Upwelling May Drive Sweepstakes Recruitment in the Acorn Barnacle Balanus glandula (In press, Marine Ecology Progress Series)

Kelly, R.P., and S.R. Palumbi.  2010.  Genetic Structure Among 50 Species of the Northeastern Pacific Rocky Intertidal Community. PLoS ONE 5(1): e8594. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008594 

Kelly, R.P., T.A. Oliver, A. Sivasundar, and S.R. Palumbi.  2010.  A Method for Detecting Population Genetic Structure in Diverse, High Gene-Flow Species.  Journal of Heredity; 101: 423-436.

Jacobs-Palmer, E., R.P. Kelly, and S.R. Palumbi.  2010.  The Biogeography and Molecular Phylogenetics of the Common Eastern Pacific Intertidal Hermit Crabs (Pagurus spp.), with a Description of Pagurus hopkinsiensis (sp. nov.).  (In revision). 

Kelly, R.P., and S.R. Palumbi.  2009. General-use polymerase chain reaction primers for amplification and direct sequencing of enolase, a single-copy nuclear gene, from different animal phyla.  Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 144-147. 

Kelly, R.P., and D.J. Eernisse.  2008.  The Chiton Genus Mopalia: Reconstructing a North Pacific Radiation.  Invertebrate Systematics 22: 17-28. 

Kelly, R.P. and D.J. Eernisse.  2007.  Southern Hospitality: A Latitudinal Gradient in Gene Flow in the Marine Environment.  Evolution 61(3): 700-707. 

Kelly, R.P., I.N. Sarkar, D.J. Eernisse, and R. Desalle.  2007.  DNA Barcoding Using Chitons (genus Mopalia).  Molecular Ecology Notes 7: 177-183.

Kelly, R.P.  2006.  Genetics and Geography in Pacific Coast Chitons (Mollusca; Polyplacophora).  PhD Dissertation, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.  Columbia University, New York City.  276pp.

Kelly, R.P. and M. Caldwell.  2013.  “Not Supported by Current Science”: The National Forest Management Act and the Lessons of Environmental Monitoring for the Future of Public Resources Management. (In press, Stanford Environmental Law Journal).

Kelly, R.P., and M. Caldwell.  2013.  Ten Ways States Can Fight Ocean Acidification (and Why They Should).  (In press, Harvard Environmental Law Review).