Rochelle Kelly

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Biology, University of Washington


I am broadly interested in behavioral and functional ecology. For my  undergraduate honors thesis I used acoustic monitoring techniques to investigate how surrounding remnant natural vegetation, at both local and landscape scale, affects the activity of bats in vineyards. Bats are an incredibly diverse group of mammals, and yet many aspects of their ecology remain poorly understood.

In my dissertation research, I plan to use bats as a model system to study the role of behavioral specialization and plasticity in niche segregation and in shaping diverse communities. With myriad threats facing bat populations around the world, filling in these gaps is also critical to their conservation. I hope to create an interdisciplinary research program that will contribute to both to ecological theory and to help inform bat conservation.

Positions and education

2013-Present: Ph.D. Student, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2013: B.S Conservation & Resource Studies, High Honors, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

2012-2013: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development, Research Scholar, Rosenblum Lab, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

2011: Environmental Leadership Pathways, Research Scholar, Altieri Lab, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Contact: rmkelly”at”