Ecology, evolution, genetics, and conservation of marine invertebrates.

We love marine invertebrates!

Projects in our lab range from adaptation to low pH in temperate corals, to the genomics of stress tolerance in crustaceans. We also use a wide range of tools, from laboratory rearing experiments, to next-generation sequencing, to good, old-fashioned light microscopy.

Selected Publications

DeBiasse, M.B., Kawji, Y. & Kelly, M.W. (2018) Phenotypic and transcriptomic responses to salinity stress across genetically and geographically divergent Tigriopus californicus populations. Molecular Ecology .

Rivest, E.B., Kelly, M.W., DeBiasse, M.B. & Hofmann, G.E. (2018) Host and Symbionts in Pocillopora damicornis Larvae Display Different Transcriptomic Responses to Ocean Acidification and Warming. Frontiers in Marine Science .

Saltz, J.B., Hessel, F.C. & Kelly, M.W. (2017) Trait Correlations in the Genomics Era. Trends in Ecology & Evolution .

Wong, J.M., Johnson, K.M., Kelly, M.W. & Hofmann, G.E. (2018) Transcriptomics reveal transgenerational effects in purple sea urchin embryos: Adult acclimation to upwelling conditions alters the response of their progeny to differential pCO2 levels. Molecular ecology .

Kelly, M.W., M.S. Pankey, M.B. DeBiasse, D.C. Plachetzki, (2016) Adaptation to heat stress reduces phenotypic and transcriptional plasticity in a marine copepod. Functional Ecology .

Kelly, M.W., M.B. DeBiasse, C. Cecola*, H. Roberts*, & V. Villela*, (2016) Adaptation to climate change: trade-offs among responses to multiple stressors in an intertidal crustacean. Evolutionary Applications . *undergraduate co-authors

DeBiasse, M.B. and M.W. Kelly. (2016). Plastic and evolved responses to global change: What can we learn from comparative transcriptomics? Journal of Heredity

Kelly, M.W., Padilla-GamiƱo, J.L., and Hofmann, G.E. (2015). High pCO2 affects body size, but not gene expression in larvae of the California mussel (Mytilus californianus) ICES-JMS

M.W. Kelly, R.K, Grosberg and E. Sanford. (2013). Trade-offs, geography, and limits to thermal adaptation in a tide pool copepod. American Naturalist.181(6), 846-8.54

M.W. Kelly, J.L. Padilla-GamiƱo, and G.E. Hofmann. (2013) Natural variation, and the capacity to adapt to ocean acidification in the keystone sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. Global Change Biology. 19(8), 2536-2546. (Press Release)
M.W. Kelly, G.H. Hofmann. (2012) Adaptation and the physiology of ocean acidification. Functional Ecology. 27(4), 980-990.

M.W. Kelly, R.K. Grosberg and E. Sanford. (2012) Love the one you're with: proximity determines paternity success in the barnacle Tetraclita rubescens. Molecular Ecology. 21(20), 5088-5097.

M.W. Kelly, E. Sanford and R.K. Grosberg. (2012) Limited Potential for adaptation to climate change in a broadly-distributed marine crustacean. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 297(1727), 349-356.

E. Sanford, M.W. Kelly (2011) Local adaptation in marine invertebrates. Annual Review of Marine Sciences. 3, 509-535.