Kelly McDonald

Project Ecologist

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  • M.S., Marine Resource Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • B.A., Environmental Biology; Minor: Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Marine Biology
  • Estuarine Ecology
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Standardized Sampling

Kelly has a strong foundation in the biology and ecology of marine ecosystems. From her involvement in a wide variety of science and research endeavors, Kelly has experience in aquaculture and eelgrass, estuarine field sampling, taxonomic identification, standardized sampling, and data collection. She also uses GIS for data management, analysis, and mapping of natural resources. Kelly is also familiar with state and federal regulations surrounding marine resource management. Kelly excels at communicating science to the public in an accessible manner.

Examples of Kelly’s project work include the following:

  • Kelly addressed regulatory compliance issues for an aquaculture expansion project. She reviewed and organized public comments, and assisted with responding to the comments regarding selected biological and environmental issues as part of a final report to aid in the permitting process.
  • As a faculty research assistant at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Service at Oregon State University, Kelly conducted fieldwork related to presence of oyster aquaculture in Pacific Northwest estuaries. Work required small boat use and sampling of fish, invertebrates, and seagrass in the intertidal zone. She also assisted in post-processing and analysis of data.
  • Kelly conducted investigations to determine the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) of Evans Creek in Snohomish, Washington, to assist with permitting of a project to place a pre-fabricated bridge over the stream. She used GIS to develop a map for the letter report to be submitted as supporting documentation for regulatory compliance and permitting.