Holly Wellard Kelly M.S.

Profile Holly Wellard Kelly
Professional Title
Aquatic Scientist

Holly works as an aquatic scientist in the Water Research Group. Her current research includes monitoring Great Lakes coastal wetlands and phytoplankton communities, examining the impacts of aquatic invasive species, and testing ballast water treatment systems. Prior to joining NRRI, she worked on projects examining anthropogenic effects, such as large dams and pharmaceuticals and personal care products, on stream ecosystems and aquatic food webs. Her interests include invertebrate, algal, food web, and ecosystem ecology; aquatic invasive species; and invertebrate and algal taxonomy.


  • M.S. Biology/Aquatic Ecology, Loyola University of Chicago, 2010
  • B.S. Zoology, Michigan State University, 2003



NRRI News Articles

Rear view of boat coming out of lake at a boat ramp with aquatic vegetation on trailer.

NRRI tests techniques to clean boat interiors to stop spread of invasives.

Woman sits at bench with microscope and counting apparatus.

For aquatic research scientist, Holly Wellard Kelly, her favorite project is the one she’s working on.

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