Rochelle Kelly

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


I am broadly interested in conservation biology, landscape and community ecology, and agricultural 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.

For my dissertation research, I study the diversity, distributions, and ecology of bats among the San Juan Islands. Over the past four years, I have surveyed over 20 islands to characterize the islands’ bat communities and to study the diet and activity patterns of Pacific northwest bats in a naturally fragmented landscape.

Bats are important, diverse, and often overlooked. Especially given the recent introduction of the fungal disease, white-nose syndrome, to Washington state, baseline information about Pacific Northwest bats is urgently needed. I work with local, state, and federal land managers to carry out fieldwork, and I hope that my  research can help inform efforts to conserve local bat species in the future.

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”

Curriculum vitae