RESEARCH SUMMARY

Julie B. Kellner


Current positions
Science Professional Officer, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
Guest Investigator, WHOI Biology Department
Associate, UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Research Background
Connecting theoretical and empirical applications to tackle applied ecological questions has been an underlying theme throughout my research.

Science Professional Officer - International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
As a marine scientist at ICES, I contribute to the advancing the intergovernmental organization's capacity to provide ecosystem-based science and advice. This work assists international stakeholders with improving ecosystem-based management, including evaluating the impacts of changing climate and economic and social considerations.

Principal Investigator - WHOI Biology Department
My work and collaborations with the WHOI Biology Deparment focus on understanding marine metapopulation and metacommunity connectivity in coral reef and hydrothermal vent ecosystems, multispecies fisheries and ecosystem-based management, and bioeconomics. Key research projects at WHOI are described on the research projects page.

Postdoctoral Research - UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Prior to joining WHOI, I was a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Alan Hastings and Dr. Jim Sanchirico in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. As a postdoctoral fellow with the Bahamas Biocomplexity Project, my work focused on how marine reserves might alter community dynamics, susceptibility to bioinvasions, and the bioeconomic tradeoffs associated with ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Ph.D. - UC Santa Barbara
I received my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from UCSB in June 2004 under the guidance of Dr. Steve Gaines and Dr. Roger Nisbet. My dissertation work examined the implications of spillover, density-dependence, and fishing behavior for marine reserve designation using spatially-explicit models. As a graduate and undergraduate student, I also participated in a number of projects focused on watershed restoration, intertidal runoff, aquaculture development and diesel contamination in a salt marsh.

Knauss Marine Policy Fellow - NOAA Biogeography
While a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with the NOAA Biogeography Branch, I primarily contributed to two projects: (1) A biogeographic assessment of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and (2) A report on the state of coral reef ecosystems of the U.S. and Freely Associated States. Integrating scientific research with coastal resource management is central to my research and I continue to build upon my former fellowship experience through working groups and collaborative projects that bring together ecological and socioeconomic studies.