Thomas Kelly

Thomas Kelly


Research Assistant Professor

Biological Oceanography

2150 Koyukuk Drive
229 O'Neill Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775


Florida State University
Ph.D. Biogeochemical Oceanography


Curriculum Vitae



Kelly, T.B., A.N. Knapp, M.R. Landry, K.E. Selph, T.A. Shropshire, R. Thomas, et al. 2021. Lateral advection supports the oligotrophic ecosystem of the open-ocean Gulf of Mexico. Nature Communications.

Yingling, N., T.B. Kelly, T.A. Shropshire, M.R. Landry, K.E. Selph, A.N. Knapp, S.A. Kranz, and M.R. Stukel. 2021. Taxon-specific phytoplankton growth, nutrient utilization, and light limitation in the oligotrophic Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Plankton Research.

Kranz, S.A., S. Wang, T.B. Kelly, M.R. Stukel, R. Goericke, M.R. Landry, and N. Cassar. 2020. Lagrangian studies of marine production: A multimethod assessment of productivity relationships in the California Current Ecosystem upwelling region. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 125(6): e2019JC015984.

Fender, C.K., T.B. Kelly, L. Guidi, M.D. Ohman, M.C. Smith, and M.R. Stukel. 2019. Investigating particle size-flux relationships and the biological pump across a range of plankton ecosystem states from coastal to oligotrophic. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:603.

Kelly, T.B., P.C. Davison, R. Goericke, M.R. Landry, M.D. Ohman, and M.R. Stukel. 2019. The importance of mesozooplankton diel vertical migration for sustaining a mesopelagic food web. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:508.

Stukel, M.R., M.D. Ohman, T.B. Kelly, and T. Biard. 2019. The roles of suspension-feeding and flux-feeding zooplankton as gatekeepers of particle flux into the mesopelagic ocean in the Northeast Pacific. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:397.

Kelly, T.B., R. Goericke, M. Kahru, H. Song, and M.R. Stukel. 2018. CCE II: Spatial and interannual variability in export efficiency and the biological pump in an eastern boundary current upwelling system with substantial lateral advection. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 140:14–25.


  • Biological pump
  • Carbon export
  • Ecosystem modeling
  • Sediment traps


Research Overview

Current projects revolve around improving our constraints on organic matter transfer in pelagic ecosystems with Dr. Andrew McDonnell, and previously under Dr. Mike Stukel at Florida State University. My work includes fieldwork, laboratory analysis and computer modeling, specifically the integration of multiple data sources into unified models. Currently, I lead the particle cycling and export component for the Northern Gulf of Alaska LTER site.



  • Northern Gulf of Alaska (NGA LTER)


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