Dr. Heath Kelsey
Dr. Heath Kelsey is currently in residence at Charles Darwin University from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Heath Kelsey is Program Director for the Integration and Application Network (ian.umces.edu), which is a group of scientists focusing on scientific synthesis and communication, based at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (umces.edu). Heath has developed ecosystem health report cards for numerous coastal and inland aquatic systems globally, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Coastal India, and Chesapeake Bay. He is lead UMCES investigator for a current partnership with The Nature Conservancy to develop a report card for the Mississippi River, which is an unprecedented assessment in geographic and thematic scope, and includes ecological, social, and economic goals. Heath is currently in residence at Charles Darwin University, where he will be assisting the National Environmental Research Programme (NERP) in synthesizing and communicating results of flood plain research in Kakadu National Park. Current interests include measures for resilience of natural systems, particularly in terms of potential impacts from climate change. Dr. Kelsey earned his MSPH and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.