Kelly Lab @LSU

Ecology, evolution, genetics, and conservation of 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.

Recent Publications

Sirovy, K. A., Casas, S. M., La Peyre, J. F., & Kelly, M. W. (2023). Population-specific responses in eastern oysters exposed to low salinity in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Experimental Biology, jeb-244315.

Coxe, N., Casas, S. M., Marshall, D. A., La Peyre, M. K., Kelly, M. W., & La Peyre, J. F. (2023). Differential hypoxia tolerance of eastern oysters from the northern Gulf of Mexico at elevated temperature. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 559, 151840.

Sasaki, M., Barley, J. M., Gignoux-Wolfsohn, S., Hays, C. G., Kelly, M. W., Putnam, A. B., ... & Cheng, B. S. (2022). Greater evolutionary divergence of thermal limits within marine than terrestrial

DeBiasse, M. B., Stubler, A. D., & Kelly, M. W. (2022). Comparative transcriptomics reveals altered species interaction between the bioeroding sponge Cliona varians and the coral Porites furcata under ocean acidification. Molecular Ecology, 31(10), 3002-3017. Barley, J. M., Cheng, B. S., Sasaki, M., Gignoux-Wolfsohn, S., Hays, C. G., Putnam, A. B., ... & Kelly, M. (2021). Limited plasticity in thermally tolerant ectotherm populations: evidence for a trade-off. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Sirovy, K. A., Johnson, K. M., Casas, S. M., La Peyre, J. F., & Kelly, M. W. (2021). Lack of genotype-by-environment interaction suggests limited potential for evolutionary changes in plasticity in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica. Molecular Ecology

Kelly, M.W. and Griffths, J.G. (2021). Selection Experiments in the Sea: What Can Experimental Evolution Tell Us About How Marine Life Will Respond to Climate Change? The Biological Bulletin

Griffiths J.S., Johnson,K.M., Sirovy K.A., Yeats M.S., Pan, F.T. C., La Peyre J.F. and Kelly M.W. (2021) Transgenerational plasticity and the capacity to adapt to low salinity in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Griffiths, J.G., Kawji, Y., Kelly, M.W. (2021) An Experimental Test of Adaptive Introgression in Locally Adapted Populations of Splash Pool Copepods Molecular Biology and Evolution