Kelsey Bray Fisher

Researcher :: Biologist :: Cat Person

About Me

I hug trees...and cats

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Experiences

Education

Masters of Science in Biology

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, TX

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Bachelor of Science in Ecology

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, TX

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Endeavors

Field & Lab Researcher/Research Assistant

2014 – Present

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX

Provided qualitative and quantitative analysis of environmental water quality studies. Prepared research reports and presented findings to colleagues at regional and national level. Demonstrating experimental designs and research while helping to determine and communicate ecosystem/water quality needs.
Efforts resulted in establishing large scale, multi-year monitoring projects and developing baseline dataset for understanding the effects of anthropogenic land use practices on coastal water quality

Oso Bay Monitoring Project

2011-2017

Oso Bay - Corpus Christi, TX

In 2011, Dr. Michael Wetz, Lynn Price, and I began the Oso Bay Monitoring Project, which took place from 2011-2017 on a bi-monthly/monthly basis. The aim of the project was to examine the effect different land use practices, including a wastewater treatment plant, municipal golf course, and agricultural storm water drainage, had on the nutrient dynamics and phytoplankton community composition in Oso Bay, Texas.

Teaching Assistant

2014-2017

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX

Prepared and performed lectures, laboratory experiments, practicals, and exams for undergraduate and graduate students. Planned and organized field trips and in-field sampling events, and was responsible for many students and their safety. Lead and developed safety training seminars, in regards to field and chemical safety. Assessed students’ practical and intellectual aptitude in a particular field of study.
Courses taught: Marine Botany, Plant Taxonomy, Introduction to Biology, and General Chemistry

Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi, TX

In 2012, Dr. Michael Wetz, Lynn Price, and I spent 12 days at sea aboard the R/V Falkor alongside a Fisheries group. The purpose of the excursion was to collect a variety of different experimental parameters, which for our group included a depth profile of water quality parameters, nutrient analysis, and phytoplankton community composition, at multiple “rig-to-reef” sites throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

Baffin Bay Monitoring

2012

Corpus Christi, TX

In 2012, the Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics Lab began the Baffin Bay Monitoring Project, which is currently still underway and occurs on a monthly basis. The aim of the project is to better understand the nutrient dynamics and phytoplankton community, in particular the Brown Tide forming species Aureoumbra lagunensis, throughout the bay and its three tributaries.

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2012-2016

Corpus Christi, TX

Alongside the initiation of the Baffin Bay Monitoring Project, the Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics Lab reached out and collaborated with the community to form the Baffin Bay Volunteer Monitoring Group. The group was comprised of citizen scientists concerned about the health of Baffin Bay and what factors were leading to Brown Tide events. The group collected and processed samples with the Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics Lab from 2012-2016, volunteering their time, boats, and homes. An annual Baffin Bay Symposium is held to present findings and future goals of the project.

Accomplishments

Publications, Presentations, and Published Abstracts


  • 2017 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) - Dust and Soil Enrichment Effects on Phytoplankton Growth and Community Composition in Subtropical Coastal Waters
  • 2017 Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting (TBEM) - Dust and Soil Enrichment Effects on Phytoplankton Growth and Community Composition in Subtropical Coastal Waters
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  • 2016 Marine Science Graduate Organization (MSGO) Symposium - Dust and Soil Enrichment Effects on Phytoplankton Growth and Community Composition in Subtropical Coastal Waters
  • 2013 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) - Phytoplankton and Nutrient Dynamics in an Urbanizing Eutrophic Subtropical Estuary (Oso Bay, Texas)
  • 2013 Sigma Xi Symposium - Changing Land Use Practices’ Impact on Water Quality in Oso Bay: Corpus Christi
  • 2013 Sigma Xi Symposium - Oso Bay (Corpus Christi, Texas) Water Quality Monitoring Project
  • 2013 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Symposium - Oso Bay (Corpus Christi, Texas) Water Quality Monitoring Project
  • Grants/Awards

  • Nation Science Foundation (NSF) #1357423 ($614,000)
  • Hans and Patricia Suter Endowment research/travel award ($500)
  • STEM Outreach, Access, and Retention (SOAR) travel scholarship ($1,941)
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) research funding ($320/month stipend, $250/semester supply stipend)
  • Contact

    Contact me and I'll get back to you.

    Corpus Christi, TX USA

    272-223-1243

    (571) 300-9982 9492448401


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