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John Kelley

Professor Emeritus

Chemical Oceanography
Institute of Marine Science 136 Irving II
(907) 474-5585
M. I. I. Venkatesan, A. S. Naidu, A. L. Blanchard, D. Misra and J. J. Kelley. 2013. Historical changes in trace metals and hydrocarbons in nearshore sediments, Alaskan Beaufort Sea, prior and subsequent to petroleum-related industrial development: Part II.Hydrocarbons Marine Pollution Bulletin. 77:147-164.

A. S. Naidu, A. L. Blanchard, D. Misra, J. H. Trefry, D. H. Dasher, J. J. Kelley and I. Venkatesan. 2012. Historical Changes in Trace Metals and Hydrocarbons in Nearshore Sediments, Alaskan Beaufort Sea, Prior and Subsequent to Petroleum-related Industrial Development: Part I. Trace Metals Marine Pollution Bulletin. 64:2177-2189. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.07.037

B. Streever, R. Suydam, J. F. Payne, R. Shuchman, R. P. Angliss, G. Balogh, J. Brown, J. Grunblatt, S. Guyer, D. L. Kane, J. J. Kelley, G. Kofinas, D. R. Lassuy, W. Loya, P. Martin, S. E. Moore, W. S. Pegau, C. Rea, D. J. Reed, T. Sformo, M. Sturm, J. J. . 2011. Environmental Change and Potential Impacts: Applied Research Priorities for Alaska's North Slope Arctic. 64(3):390-397.

T. Oommen, D. Misra, A. Prakash, S.Bandopadhyay, S. Naidu and J. J. Kelley. 2011. Multiple regressive pattern recognition technique: an adapted approach for improved georesource estimation Natural Resource Res. 20:24-Nov.

C. F. Adams, R. J. Foy, J. J. Kelley and K. O. Coyle. 2009. Seasonal changes in the diel vertical migration of walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) in the northern Gulf of Alaska Environmental Biology of Fishes. 86(2):297-305. doi: 10.1007/s10641-009-9519-y <Go to ISI>://000271025900005

J. L. Benning, D. L. Barnes, J. Burger and J. J. Kelley. 2009. Amchitka Island, Alaska: moving towards long term stewardship Polar Record. 45(233):133-146. doi: 10.1017/s003224740800795x <Go to ISI>://000264516100004

T. Oommen, A. Prakash, D. Misra, S. Naidu, J. J. Kelley and S. Bandopadhyay. 2008. GIS Based Marine Platinum Exploration, Goodnews Bay Region, Southwest Alaska Marine Georesources & Geotechnology. 26(31-Dec):18-Jan. doi: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/10641190701706270

Jewett, S.C., Zhang, X., A.S. Naidu, J.J. Kelley, D. Dasher, & L.K. Duffy. 2003. Comparison of mercury and methylmercury in northern pike and Arctic grayling from western Alaska rivers Chemosphere. 50(3):383-392.

Kelley, J.J., A.S. Naidu, S.C. Jewett, L.K. Duffy, & X. Zhang. . 2001. The 16th International Symposium on Okhotsk Sea & Sea Ice. Total and methyl mercury in muscles, livers and eggs of adult salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) from Alaskan rivers draining into the east Bering Sea 248-254 Okhotsk Sea & Cold Ocean Research Association,

Zhang, X., A.S. Naidu, J.J. Kelley, S.C. Jewett, D. Dasher, & L.K. Duffy. 2001. Baseline concentrations of total mercury and methylmercury in salmon returning via the Bering Sea (1999-2000) Mar. Pollut. Bull. 42:993-997.

M. A. Castellini. 2011. Land and Environment in the North. Marine Mammals and Fisheries Ed. A. Duffy, L. Duffy, J. Kelley and K. Erickson. Arctic Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Center Cross Cultural St,

  • sea ice
  • air-sea-gas transfer
  • marine acoustics
  • atmospheric chemistry, radioactivity, and contaminants
Research Overview
My 40+ years of professional experience within a university environment has been devoted to research in the polar regions and in research administration. My research interests including teaching is in the fields of geophysics and geochemistry with emphasis on micrometeorology and trace gas processes. I am currently involved in teaching and research in the area of applied oceanography, marine and riverine acoustics, environmental radioactivity and contaminants. I am also engaged in carbon dioxide exchange process research in the Arctic Ocean. I served as the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Polar Ice Coring Office (PICO) from 1989-1996 which included a collaborative research program related to ice engineering. I continue to publish articles related to research on ice core drilling technology related to PICO activities. I have also conducted for the past 20 years a science program oriented toward encouraging Alaska Native undergraduate students to pursue professional careers in science, math and engineering.
Current Research Projects
  • Evaluation of advanced polymer devices for detection and identification of low concentrations of organic vapors
  • Factors leading to possibility of transport of radionuclides fromthe former Amchitka Island Underground Nuclear Tests
  • Location of offshore gravel deposit in the Chukchi Sea
  • Trace metals in nearshore sediments of the Beaufort Sea
  • Mercury in fish in the Bering Sea, Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers
  • Carbon dioxide and methane exchange across arctic sea ice
  • NEWNET/ORION project in enviromental radioactivity
  • Chairman, North Slope Borough Science Advisory
  • Vice President, U.S. Corp. Arctic Institute of North America
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