Dr. Kelly Benoit-Bird, an Associate Professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, is the author or co-author of more than 35 journal publications applying acoustics to study the ecology of pelagic ocean ecosystems. Her work examines a wide range of animals including zooplankton, fish, squid, and marine mammals, in all cases emphasizing the mechanisms creating spatial and temporal dynamics in pelagic marine ecosystems, the effects these dynamics have on interactions between organisms, and the mechanisms animals use to cope with these patterns. She has been involved in the development of several new optical and acoustical instruments and has made fundamental acoustical measurements of a variety of species in the process of addressing ecological processes in the ocean. In 2010, Kelly was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred as a "genius award" for her "exceptional creativity and promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment". Her work has also been recognized by the Acoustical Society of America with the 2009 R. Bruce Lindsay Award for "contributions to marine ecological acoustics" and the American Geophysical Union which awarded her the 2008 Ocean Sciences Early Career Award for "innovative application of acoustical techniques". Kelly is also the recipient of a United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, and a U.S. National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers Fellowship.