Kelsey Murphy

Kelsey is a 4th-year graduate student in the Dee Lab in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences. Her research utilizes the Last Millennium Ensemble from the CESM Paleoclimate Working Group at NCAR to study the evolution of large-scale hydrology on the Mississippi River basin over the last thousand years and into the 21st century. Her current focus is on characterizing human-driven impacts on large-scale changes in Mississippi River basin hydroclimate. Kelsey is passionate about making STEM education more accessible and inclusive, especially for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. She is dedicated to utilizing non-traditional teaching methods to minimize the intimidation often associated with pursuing a STEM degree. Her background in public science communication informs her career goals centered around educational outreach. She aspires to design educational modules that will help students understand the intricacies of human and earth system interactions.

Outside of research, Kelsey loves to stay active with running, rock climbing, and hiking. Recently, she has been camping and trying her best to see as many state parks in Texas! She is also committed to community service, as evidenced by her recent participation in the Girl Scout Climate Challenge, where she helped develop and execute a short activity on extreme precipitation in Houston, Texas.

Honors & Awards

CTE Graduate Fellow


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