ASM Trainer/ Research Assistant
Interests & Expertise
B.S. in Fisheries Ecology and Conservation
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kelly graduated from The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2021 with a B.S. in Fisheries Ecology and Conservation and a certificate in Marine and Coastal Sciences. Through her undergraduate degree, she participated in several internships including research on Ocean sunfish stranding’s, zooplankton identification, Northwest Atlantic white shark identification, and research on angler response to shark depredation events. After graduating, Kelly went on to work Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) as a Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) contractor recording catch data from recreational anglers. She also worked with CFF and Nantucket Sound Seafood on the GSC HMA survey collecting catch from a clam hydraulic dredge. In January of 2022, she went from MRIP back to white shark research with DMF and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC). With DMF and AWSC, she spent most of her time using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to track white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod and record fine-scale movement data of the sharks. Kelly joined the CFF team in December as an ASM trainer and Research Assistant supporting various projects when not training.