Honors & Awards

  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) fellow, Stanford University (2017-present)
  • Henry Sharp Prize for Outstanding Senior in Environmental Science, Barnard College of Columbia University (2017)
  • NSF GRFP Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation (2017)
  • Inaugural recipient, Jenna Bass Scholarship, Barnard College of Columbia University (2016)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Barnard College of Columbia University (2016)
  • Dean's List, Barnard College of Columbia University (2013-2017)
  • National Merit Scholarship Finalist, National Merit Corporation (2012)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, American Geophysical Union (2016 - Present)

Education & Certifications

  • AB, Barnard College of Columbia University, Environmental Science (2017)
  • AB, Barnard College of Columbia University, Dance (2017)

Stanford Advisors

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Volunteer Teacher, Stanford Geokids (2017)


    Stanford, CA

  • Water quality monitoring volunteer (March 2014 - March 2014)


    West Virginia

  • Marketing and Outreach Chair, Columbia FeelGood (September 2014 - May 2015)


    New York, NY

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Humanity is performing a vast, global-scale experiment with the earth, with significant effects on the oceans. Biogeochemistry is a multifaceted tool kit to provide useful contributions to the collective understanding of these changes. As a PhD student in the Stanford Department of Earth System Science, I study biogeochemical nitrogen cycling, with a focus on nitrous oxide cycling in oxygen minimum zones. My research uses a combination of fieldwork, analytical techniques, and computational methods such as vertical modeling to delve into nitrous oxide cycling in places of disproportionally high production — notably, the oxygen minimum zone in the eastern tropical North Pacific Ocean (ETNP). As oxygen minimum zones expand, I will explore how these changes affect nitrogen cycling, and the production and fluxes of nitrous oxide.

Work Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Stanford University (June 2017 - Present)


    Stanford, CA

  • Summer Student Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (June 2016 - August 2016)


    Woods Hole, MA

  • Undergraduate Research Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (9/2014 - 5/2015)


    Palisades, NY

  • Teaching Assistant, Barnard College (1/2014 - 5/2017)


    NYC, NY

All Publications

  • Dancing up the glass escalator: Institutional advantages for men in ballet choreography Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal Kelly, C. L. 2017; 1 (2)

    View details for DOI 10.7916/D8R78MJX