Kelly Kapsar, Ph.D.
Kelly is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist focused on solutions-driven approaches to conservation challenges in coupled human and natural systems. Through her research, she uses spatial data analysis and statistics to better understand human-wildlife interactions across scales of space and time. Her research interests also include community-engagement, knowledge integration, and reproducible research.
As a postdoctoral research associate, Kelly is working to better understand the effects of distant drivers on the coupled human and natural systems of the Pacific Arctic. Specifically, she is developing models of vessel traffic and its impacts on wildlife in the Bering Strait region of Alaska.
She received her PhD in fisheries and wildlife in Spring 2022, advised by Jianguo "Jack" Liu. In 2014, she graduated with a B.A. in biology from Carleton College and after two years working as a science educator, she is eager to continue her education at Michigan State University.
Through interdisciplinary graduate research under Dr. Jianguo Liu at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, she hopes to better understand the dynamic relationships between culture, ecosystems, science, and conservation policy in the Arctic.
Zoos should leave the ark metaphor behind - Nature Portfolio Ecology & Evolution Community, September 2018
Spartans launch XPRIZE Rainforest biodiversity quest
Published on June 1, 2023
Changing climate in Bering Sea makes policies more urgent, complicated
Published on March 28, 2023
Russia’s action expands what’s defined as “local” in the Arctic
Published on March 30, 2022
Ph.D. student takes interdisciplinary approach to fisheries and wildlife
Published on November 2, 2021
NSF grant supports exploring Arctic’s complex human-nature changes in Bering Strait
Published on October 20, 2021
Kapsar awarded two scholarships
Published on July 23, 2021
Ships take environmentally friendly path
Published on January 11, 2021
FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE - Spatial Management Measures Alter Vessel Behavior in the Aleutian Archipelago
Published on January 7, 2021