Morgan Kelly, LSU Department of Biological Sciences assistant professor, was recently awarded one of the 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship given by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for her research and extensive work in the field of ocean sciences. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provides awards to early career researchers in teaching positions at universities in the United States or Canada. The foundation awards $60,000 to the recipients to further their research endeavors.
“The goal of the Sloan Research Fellowship is to stimulate fundamental research by giving support to the brightest young minds working in science today and to give it in a particularly unencumbered way that allows researchers to direct funds in a way they think it is best used,” remarked Nate Williams, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation communications manager.
Kelly, a marine biologist, studies how marine species adapt to their environments and how changes in their environments affect them. She said her research involves understanding how climate change and freshwater diversions might affect species in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kelly said the research money she received will go toward research supplies and continuing the work she and her graduate students are doing. Having this award is not just important to her but to the University as well, she said.
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