Kelly McDonald

Project Ecologist III

Education and Certifications
  • M.S., Marine Resource Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • B.A., Environmental Biology; Minor: Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Remote Pilot License, U.S. Department of Transportation, #4384681
  • Marine Biology
  • Estuarine Ecology
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Standardized Sampling

Kelly’s work focuses on the biology and ecology of marine ecosystems, including projects involving shellfish aquaculture and eelgrass, estuarine field sampling, taxonomic identification, and data collection. She also is knowledgeable in local, state, and federal regulations such as the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Kelly is a licensed unmanned aerial vehicle pilot, and she regularly conducts remote sensing projects. Kelly constantly seeks innovative ways to work smarter and more efficiently. She is a tremendous resource for Confluence staff was well as clients and teaming partners, who look to her as an expert in GIS, drone imagery, data analysis and management, calculation of impacts to critical areas and required mitigation for nearshore projects, marine permitting, and much more.

View Kelly’s resume here.

“Kelly is exceptionally good at her work, and she is a pleasure to work with. I really appreciate her attention to detail and ability to work within deadlines.”
Danny Kelly-Stallings, K&L Gates