Austin R. Kelly Curator

Joined: Aug 05, 2017 Last Active: Nov 26, 2020

I am a PhD student at Texas A&M University with the Wilcox Ecohydrology Lab in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Department studying Texas savanna ecosystems and their diverse plant communities, potential for ecological restoration, sustainable environmental resilience, and ecohydrological connectivity.

Former Work Experience:
~ Field Botanist with Elliott Environmental Consulting at the Savannah River Site, South Carolina
~ Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dendrology (Forest Trees of North America) in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Department - Texas A&M
~ Assistant Currator and Floristic Botanist at S.M. Tracy Herbarium
~ Lab Instructor for Agrostology (Grass Systematics) & Plant Taxonomy labs in the Ecosystem Science and Management Department at Texas A&M

I love plants and all other forms of wildlife and I am always ecstatic to learn more as well as teaching others what I know. I consider myself a wanderlusting world traveler and an interdisciplinary naturalist.

Primarily, I am a plant ecologist, so my main training is in Botany but I have also had extensive biological training in Herpetology, Entomology, Lichenology, Bryology, and Mycology along with minor training in Ornithology and Mammology, but I plan to expand upon those in the future as well.

Proud to be the top global identifier for the following:

Animals (Animalia):
~ Family Ailuridae, Genus Ailurus, & Ailurus fulgens (Red Pandas)
~ Family Iniidae, Genus Inia, & Inia geoffrensis (Amazon/Pink River Dolphin)
~ Family Oxyuridae, Genus Enterobius, & Enterobius vermicularis (Pinworms)
~ Subfamily Ailuropodinae, Genus Ailuropoda, & Ailuropoda melanoleuca (Giant Pandas)

Plants (Exluding Grasses):
~ Silphium albiflorum (White Rosinweed)
~ Tragia urticifolia (Nettleleaf Noseburn)

Grasses (Poaceae Family):
~ Genus Hopia & Hopia obtusa (Vine Mesquite)
~ Genus Oryza & Oryza sativa (Rice)
~ Genus Zea & Zea mays (Corn/Maize)
~ Paspalum plicatulum (Brownseed Paspalum)
~ Sorghum bicolor (Sorghum/Milo)

~ Genus Claviceps (Ergots)
~ Anthracocystis paspali-thunbergii (Paspalum Smut) - Top Observer
~ Atkinsonella texensis (Texas Wintergrass Fungus)
~ Sphacelotheca polygoni-serrulati (False Polygonaceae Smut)
~ Claviceps africana (African Sorghum Ergot)
~ Claviceps grohii (Carex Ergot)
~ Claviceps maximensis (Guineagrass Ergot)
~ Claviceps nigricans (Eleocharis Ergot)
~ Claviceps paspali (Paspalum Ergot)
~ Claviceps purpurea (Rye Ergot)
~ Claviceps pusilla (Bluestem Ergot)
~ Claviceps spartinae (Cordgrass Ergot)
~ Claviceps zizaniae (Wildrice Ergot)
~ Epicoccum andropogonis
~ Ustilago cynodontis (Bermudagrass Smut)
~ Ustilago maydis (Corn Smut)

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