Researcher Profile

Dan E. Kelley

Job Title: Associate Professor
Employer: Dalhousie University
Place of Birth: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
High School attended: Amherst Regional High School
Further Education: Mount Allison University (B.Sc.), Dalhousie University (M.Sc., Ph.D.).

Brief synopsis of current research:
Study of the dynamics of mixing and convection, with emphasis on developing parameterizations for use in theories and models.


Recent Publications:

Kelley, D., E. and K. A. Van Scoy, 1999. A basin-wide estimate of vertical mixing in the upper pycnocline: spreading of bomb tritium in the North Pacific Ocean. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 29, 1759-1771.

Thompson, K., D. Kelley, D. Sturley, B. Topliss and R. Leal, 1998. Nearshore circulation and synthetic aperature radar: an exploratory study. Intl. J. Remote Sensing, 19, 1161-1178.

Richardson, T. L., J. J. Cullen, D. E. Kelley and M. R. Lewis, 1998. Potential contributions of vertically-migrating Rhizosolenia to nutrient cycling and new production in the open ocean. J. Plankton Res., 20, 219-241.

Kelley, D. E., 1997. Convection in ice-covered lakes: effects on algal suspension. J. Plankton Res., 19(12), 1859-1880.

May, B. D. and D. E. Kelley, 1997. Effect of baroclinicity on double-diffusive interleaving. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 27, 1997-2008.

Aquatic science is important to this ocean-bounded nation as it is for similar nations, and for the same reasons: fishing, aquaculture, pollution, storm-surges, erosion, harbours, etc. Canada's expertise in oceanographic issues is top-notch, but will fall on it's knees in a decade unless DFO is given a mandate to hire new scientists in a timely fashion. The future of the "F" part of DFO depends on an ecosystems approach, uncoupled to politics, and we need more scientists to develop the understanding. There is a future for students studying aquatic sciences in Canada, particularly if DFO is revived and if NSERC is given a much higher budget. If not, the situation of the last 10 years will continue: top-notch Canadian universities (Dalhousie being the prominent example in oceanographic science) will train PhDs who will move south.