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Emily Kelly

 

Emily Kelly is a 4th year PhD student in marine biology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Her research is focused on determining the effects of local pollution and high fishing intensity of reef fish on coral reef communities in the Hawaiian Islands.  Specifically, her work investigates the contribution of fish and urchin herbivory and algal production in creating the benthic composition of these reefs.  Emily works with state and federal agencies primarily in the newly established herbivore fisheries management area on Maui where she hopes to determine how herbivore protection may allow for an increase in the abundance of herbivores over time and thus help to reverse the transition from coral to macroalgal dominance on these reefs.  Emily’s further interest in ocean acidification lies in considering how changes in ocean chemistry may further alter the balance of herbivory and algal production on reefs. 

 

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