Kelly Hannan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nann Fangue’s lab at UC Davis. Her research interests surround examining how changing environmental conditions affect the physiology of aquatic animals. Currently, Kelly is investigating the physiological responses of the green (Acipenser medirostris) and white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) to different swimming impediments at environmentally relevant conditions, such as varying pesticides and temperatures. This research is aimed to examine how these fishes will interact with dam passage ways and inform conservation management decisions in hopes to ensure a sustainable future for these species.
During her PhD at James Cook University (JCU), Kelly studied the physiological effects of ocean acidification on multiple species of coral reef fishes (Acanthochromis polyacanthus, Amblyglyphidodon curacao, Rhinecanthus aculeatus, Caesio cunning, Pterocaesio digramma, Abudefduf sexfaciatus, Lutjanus quinquelineatus, Lutjanus fulvivlamma, Abudefduf whitleyi, and Cheildipterus quinquelineatus). Her research also focused on the mechanisms behind maintained performance upon exposure to future climate stressors.
Kelly obtained her PhD in Marine Biology in 2021 at James Cook University, Australia. She received her MSc at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Cory Suski, where she explored the effects of elevated carbon dioxide, in the context of non-physical barriers to invasive fish movement, on a few species of freshwater mussels (Lampsilis powellii, Amblema plicata, Pyganodon grandis, Fusconaia flava, and Lampsilis cardium).
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