Kelly D. Moran, Ph.D.
Clean Water Program
Contaminants of Emerging Concern
Watershed Monitoring and Modeling
Dr. Kelly Moran joined SFEI-ASC in late 2020 to investigate contaminants of emerging concern and microplastics in the San Francisco Bay and other regions of California. For the last 25 years Dr. Moran has worked at the interface of science and public policy, assisting government agencies with managing water pollution from consumer products. Dr. Moran specializes in identifying linkages between products and surface water quality and developing science-based approaches to prevent water pollution. Her work spans a range of pollutants, product types, and environmental transport pathways. She co-founded the Brake Pad Partnership, which conducted scientific studies that stimulated legislation phasing out copper use in vehicle brake pads to protect salmon populations. The Urban Pesticides Pollution Prevention Partnership that she founded brought scientific information to state pesticides regulators that caused them to develop new science-based systems to protect surface water quality. Dr. Moran has served on many advisory panels including the California Source Reduction Advisory Committee, the City of San Mateo Planning Commission, and the California Green Ribbon Science Panel, which she co-chairs. She received a B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley.