Kelly Rodriguez

Aquatic Biologist / Algal Taxonomist

Kelly Rodriguez is an aquatic biologist in the Periphyton Laboratory. She is primarily responsible for algal analysis such as qualitative and quantitative enumeration, chlorophyll-a, bacterial analysis, and ash-free dry weight. In addition, Kelly is knowledgeable on Harmful Algal Blooms and has 4 years’ experience performing ELISA testing for microcystin, anatoxin-a, cylindrospermopsin, and saxitoxin. Additional responsibilities include statistical analysis utilizing the Biotic Ligand Model for NPDES permitting requirements for Copper, and oversight of aquatic chemistry data. She has 8 years’ experience in aquatic toxicity testing with several model organisms, 3 years’ experience in NPDES reporting, laboratory QA/QC procedures, and performs data review and validation for other projects. Previously, she was an intern with the EnviroScience Lake Management division for four summers and was involved in the propagation and stocking of the aquatic weevil Euhrychiopsis lecontei as a biological control for the invasive weed Myriophyllum spicatum.