About Me

Current projects revolve around improving our constraints on organic matter transfer in pelagic ecosystems. My work includes field work, laboratory analysis and computer modeling, specifically the integration of multiple data sources into unified models. My dissertation research is centered on the biological pump in the California Current Ecosystem as part of the CCE-LTER program, but a significant portion of my time is spent on side projects and collaborations.

Contact Details

Thomas Bryce Kelly
170 N Woodward Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32303 US



Florida State University

PhD in Oceanography ongoing

Continuing research.

Master in Oceanography March 2018

My master's thesis was titled "Spatial and inter-annual variability in export efficiency and the biological pump in an eastern boundary current upwelling system with substantial lateral advection" and analyzed the primary modes of variability in export efficiency throughout the CCE region. This projects compared export models (using remote sensing) against in situ data collected on our cruises to develop a novel approach for regions dominated by coastal upwelling and/or strong advection.

Boston College

B.S. Degree in Biochemistry March 2014


California Current Ecosystem

CCELTER Program March 2010 - Present

The bulk of my dissertation will be based on data I and others have collected as part of the CCE-LTER program. This program revolves around a series of lagrangian drifter cycles whereby we monitor the biogeochemistry and ecology of a single water parcel for 3-5 days. Such a framework allows use to answer some interesting questions including how particle production and export relate, to assess satellite algorithms in an upwelling regime, and to better understand epipelagic-mesopelagic coupling in ecosystems.

See more about the CCE projects here.

Gulf of Mexico (BTE)

Bluefin Tuna Ecology Program March 2017 - March 2019

This cruise focused on identifying the dominate lower ecosystem pathways supporting the larval Bluefin Tuna within the Golf of Mexico

See more about the GoM projects here.

Process Modeling

Net Community Production July 2017 - ongoing

Using an autonomous sampling system we can continuously monitor mixed layer gas concentrations in order to calculate the Net Community Production across various dimensions: diurnal, sub-mesoscale, and regionally.

Trace Element Residence Time February 2016 - December 2016

The sea-surface microlayer is a thin, organic rich film that covers virtually the entire ocean's surface. Previous research has found the microlayer to be a zone of large chemical gradients and may be important in metal complexation. This project developed a theoretical 3-specie model against which to compare results from a microcosm. Residence times were calculated for each trace metal.

Remineralization Length Scale of Trace Elements May 2017 - ongoing

Preferential remineralization of biolimiting nutrients is a well document phenomenon. In this project we seek to measure the RLS and residence time for trace elements in the euphotic zone as part of a CCE-LTER process cruise.

See more about these projects here.



  • Sediment Trap Deployment and Recovery
  • Thorium Disequilibrium
  • Linear Inverse Modeling
  • ICP-MS
  • Oxygen-Argon derived NCP
  • In situ incubations
  • Regional Ocean Model & LTRANS


* includes accepted, under review and submitted.

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