Anne Kelly | Spotlight

Research by CSULA alumna featured in national journal

Anne Kelly pauses for a photo while hiking in Sierra Nevada

Anne Kelly’s study on the effects of climate change and a changing fire cycle on the Sierra Nevada forests was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A CSULA alumna, Kelly is the lead author on the research, "Rapid shifts in plant distribution with recent climate change."

According to Kelly, "The Sierra snowpack provides a significant amount of California’s fresh water, and a declining snowpack and sick forests will have serious consequences for Californians."

Kelly, who received her M.S. in interdisciplinary environmental science at Cal State L.A., was a Fellow of the University’s CEA-CREST (Center for Environmental Analysis-Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology) program. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in earth system science at University of California, Irvine.

"CEA-CREST has an amazing faculty of dedicated professors. The classes I took at CEA-CREST were the best I’ve taken. Most importantly, I encountered some major challenges during my master’s program, and without the support of CEA-CREST I would not have been able to complete my degree and go on to start a Ph.D." -- Anne Kelly