How should we be managing public and natural resources in the United States? What role should emerging scientific information play in management?


Lebon, K.M., and R.P. Kelly. Evaluating alternatives to reduce whale entanglements in commercial Dungeness Crab fishing gear. Global Ecology and Conservation 18 (2019): e00608.

Battista, W., R.P. Kelly, A. Erickson, and R. Fujita. Fisheries Governance Affecting Conservation Outcomes in the United States and European Union. Coastal Management 46, no. 5 (2018): 388-452.

Hart, C.J., R.P. Kelly, and S.F. Peterson. 2018. Will the California Current Lose its Nesting Tufted Puffins? PeerJ: 6:e4519.

Lee, T.S., J.D. Toft, J. Cordell, M.N. Dethier, J. Adams, and R.P. Kelly. Quantifying the Effectiveness of Shoreline Armoring Removal on Coastal Biota of Puget Sound. PeerJ 6:e4275.

Kelly, R.P., P. Levin, and K.N. Lee. 2017. Science, Policy, and Data-Driven Decisions in a Data Vacuum. 44 Ecology Law Quarterly 7.

Mossler, M.V., A. Bostrom, R.P. Kelly, K.M. Crosman, and P. Moy. 2017. How Does Framing Affect Policy Support for Emissions Mitigation? Testing the Effect of Ocean Acidification and Other Frames. Global Environmental Change 45: 63-78.

Kelly, R.P., P. Levin, and K.N. Lee. 2017. Science, Policy, And Data-Driven Decisions in a Data Vacuum. 44 Ecology Law Quarterly 7-40.

N. Lowell and R.P. Kelly. 2016. Evaluating Agency Use of “Best Available Science” Under the United States Endangered Species Act. Biological Conservation 196:53-59.

W. Battista, R.P. Kelly, A. Erickson, and R. Fujita. 2016. A Comprehensive Method for Assessing Marine Resource Governance: Case study in Kāne‘ohe Bay, Hawai‘i. Journal of Coastal Management 44: 295-332.

Marshall, K., A. Stier, J. Samhouri, R.P. Kelly, E. Ward. 2016. Conservation Challenges of Predator Recovery. Conservation Letters 9:70-78.

Kelly, R.P., A.L. Erickson, and L.A. Mease. 2014. How Not to Fall Off a Cliff, or Using Tipping Points to Improve Environmental Management. 41 Ecology Law Quarterly 843.

Kelly, R.P.  2014. Will More, Better, Cheaper, and Faster Monitoring Improve Environmental Management? 44 Environmental Law 1111.

Kelly, R.P. and M. Caldwell.  2013.  “Not Supported by Current Science” : The National Forest Management Act and the Lessons of Environmental Monitoring for the Future of Public Resources Management. (In press, Stanford Environmental Law Journal). (Available at:

Kelly, R.P.  2011.  Spineless Wonders: How Listing Marine Invertebrates and their Larvae Challenges the US Endangered Species Act.  19 Penn State Environmental Law Review 1-53. (Available at: 

Kelly, R.P.  2010.  The Use of Population Genetics in Endangered Species Act Listing Decisions.  37 Ecology Law Quarterly 1107-1159. (Available at: