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Ariella Chelsky, PhD

Senior Scientist
Clean Water Program

Ariella Chelsky is a Senior Scientist in the Clean Water program at SFEI. Ariella has a BSc in marine biology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She received her PhD in marine ecology and biogeochemistry from Griffith University in Australia, where she studied how large pulses of organic matter impact nutrient cycling and oxygen demand in coastal lagoons and fjords. Prior to joining SFEI Ariella was a postdoc at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium where she studied the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on salt marsh biogeochemistry and plant ecology.

Related Projects, News, and Events

Building a framework for an integrated HAB detection and monitoring system in San Francisco Estuary (Project)

Over the last decade, harmful algal blooms (HABs) have emerged as one of the highest-priority water quality management issues in the San Francisco Estuary, which includes the San Francisco Bay (Bay) and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta). Although major HAB events in the Bay have historically been rare, recent studies have determined that multiple HAB species and their toxins are frequently detected, highlighting the potential for major HAB risks.

State of the Estuary Report (Project)

The State of the Estuary Report evaluates the status and trends of a suite of indicators selected to represent ecosystem health in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (the Estuary). 

New $3 million grant to support harmful algae monitoring in the San Francisco Estuary (News)

NOAA recently announced that it is awarding a $3-million grant, through its Monitoring and Event Response Research Program (MERHAB) to support the development of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring program for the San Francisco Estuary. The project, led by scientists at the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), US Geological Survey, and California Department of Water Resources (DWR), will leverage on-going research and monitoring activities in the Bay and Delta to build a robust system-wide HAB monitoring program for the Estuary.

RMP Update (Project)

The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay is an innovative collaboration of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, the regulated discharger community, and the San Francisco Estuary Institute. It provides water quality regulators with the information they need to manage the Bay effectively. The RMP produces two types of summary reports: The Pulse of the Bay and the RMP Update. The Pulse focuses on Bay water quality and summarizes information from all sources.