John Kelly, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis
M.S. Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis
B.S. Marine Science & Biology, University of Miami, FL

Research Interests

I am interested in the role physiology plays in the behavior and ecology of fishes and marine organisms, particularly migratory and anadromous species. The unique aspects of living in an aquatic environment creates both constraints and opportunities in everything from locomotion to stimulus detection to osmoregulation. Specific areas of interest include movements and migrations; osmoregulation and anadromy; the role of sensory physiology in orientation and navigation; currents and rheotropism; conservation and management of native fishes and associated fisheries; telemetry of fishes (ultrasonic, radio, satellite, PIT).

Selected Publications

Kelly, J.T. and A.P. Klimley. 2010. Relating the swimming movements of green sturgeon to the movement of water currents. Environmental Biology of Fishes. doi:10.1007/s10641-011-9898-8

McCormick, S.D., D.T. Lerner, M.Y. Monette, K. Nieves-Puigdoller, J.T. Kelly, and B. Thrandur Björnsson. 2009. Taking it with you when you go: How perturbations to the freshwater environment, including temperature, dams, and contaminants, affect marine survival of salmon. American Fisheries Society Symposium 69:195-214.
Heublein, J.C., J.T. Kelly, C.E. Crocker, A.P. Klimley and S.T. Lindley. 2009. Migration of green sturgeon, Acipenser medirostris, in the Sacramento River. Environmental Biology of Fishes 84(3)245-258.

B.R. Campos, M.A. Fish, G. Jones, R. Riley, P.J. Allen, A.P. Klimley, J.J. Cech Jr. and J.T. Kelly. 2009. Movements of brown smoothhounds, Mustelus henlei, in Tomales Bay, California. Environmental Biology of Fishes 85(1)3-13.

Lindley, S.T., M.L. Moser, D.L. Erickson, M. Belchik, D.W. Welch, E.L. Rechisky, J.T. Kelly, J. Heublein. and A.P. Klimley. 2008. Marine migration of North American green sturgeon.Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137:182–194.

Kelly, J.T., A.P. Klimley, and C.E. Crocker. 2007. Movements of green sturgeon, Acipenser medirostris, in the San Francisco Bay Estuary, California. Environmental Biology of Fishes79(3-4):281-295

Curtis, T.H., J.T. Kelly, K.L. Menard, R.K. Laroche, R.E. Jones and A.P. Klimley. 2006. Observations on the behavior of white sharks scavenging from a whale carcass at Point Reyes, California. California Fish and Game 92(3):113-124.

Klimley, A.P., R.L. Kihslinger, and J.T. Kelly. 2005. Directional and non-directional movements of bat rays (Myliobatis californica) in Tomales Bay, California. Environmental Biology of Fishes 74:79-88.

Kelly, J.T. and A.P. Klimley. 2003. The occurrence of the white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, at the Point Reyes Headlands, California. California Fish and Game 89(4):187-196

Lema, S.C. and J.T. Kelly. 2002. The production of communication signals at the air-water and water-substrate boundaries. Journal of Comparative Psychology 116(2):145-150

Klimley, A.P., B.J. Le Boeuf, K.M. Cantara, J.E. Richert, S.F. Davis, S. Van Sommeran and J.T. Kelly. 2001. The hunting strategy white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) near a seal colony. Marine Biology 138:617-636