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. She conducts projects involving shellfish aquaculture and eelgrass, estuarine field sampling, taxonomic identification, and data collection. Kelly also is familiar with 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. She has a strong background in GIS and data analysis and is experienced in calculation of impacts to critical areas and required mitigation for nearshore projects. Kelly is a licensed unmanned aerial vehicle pilot, and she regularly conducts remote sensing projects. She also uses her expertise for data management, analysis, and mapping of natural resources. Kelly excels at communicating science to the public in an accessible manner.

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