Colette Kelly is a graduate student in the Casciotti lab at Stanford University. Her area of focus is the cycling of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, in oxygen minimum zones such as the eastern tropical North Pacific Ocean. Through field work, experiments, lab analyses, and modeling, she seeks to understand how climate-related changes to the ocean, such as ocean deoxygenation and warming, affect the marine production and emission of nitrous oxide.
On this cruise, Colette is interested in determining the sensitivity of nitrous oxide production and its resulting isotopic signature to variations in oxygen, as well as the differences between biological incubations on deck and those in-situ, or suspended in the water column.
Colette received her B.A. from Barnard College in environmental science and dance. She is the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which is funding in part her graduate studies at Stanford.