CHRISTOPHER R. KELBLE, PH.D.
➤ Deputy Director, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division
Dr. Chris Kelble is the Deputy Director of the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) and is the principal investigator for the Ecosystem Assessment and Modeling Laboratory within the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division at AOML. Dr. Kelble's primary research interest is to holistically understand how humans alter coastal marine ecosystems and in turn how these coastal ecosystems help to support coastal communities. His research has a heavy emphasis on research to applications by working closely with the resource managers most likely to use these research results. Dr. Kelble's research has ranged from understanding how altered watersheds affect salinity variability and thus habitat suitability to understanding how natural and anthropogenic drivers of change affect the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. Dr. Kelble currently serves on leadership committees for NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Program, NOAA's Biscayne Bay Habitat Focus Area, NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team, and the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Science Coordination Group.