Kelly Sutherland, Department of Biology


Kelly Sutherland

Practice Areas: Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography, Plankton, Jellyfish, Biomechanics, Interactions of Marine Organisms with the Fluid Environment, Underwater Propulsion

Kelly Sutherland is an academic expert in biological oceanography and plankton ecology. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor of biology. Kelly is a biological oceanographer who wants to understand how planktonic marine organisms work. Her research looks at how gelatinous marine organisms – or “jellies” as she calls them - have evolved highly efficient means of locomotion. This insight may ultimately inform bioinspired transport systems. Her lab group also studies questions relating to zooplankton. Gelatinous zooplankton play an important role in structuring marine food webs and are increasing in number and frequency in some locations due to human impacts.

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Recent Media:
This fantastical sea creature helps remove planet-warming gases from the atmosphere (Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2020)
Larvaceans’ underwater ‘snot palaces’ boast elaborate plumbing (Science News, June 15, 2020)
Grant lets marine biologist pursue bioinspired study of jellyfish (Around the O, Jan. 10, 2020)
Pub talk to dive into the idea of jellyfish-inspired submersibles (Around the O, June 6, 2019)
Oregon scientists: Pyrosomes could be here to stay, studies take on urgency (KATU, July 31, 2018)
Sea pickles are settling into the Pacific Northwest (Around the O, July 20, 2018)
Tropical pink 'sea pickles' are invading the waters of the Pacific Northwest (July 20, 2018)
Meet the ocean creatures that use a mesh of mucus to catch their food (The Conversation, May 2, 2018)
Researcher helps explain an invasion of weird sea creatures (Around the O, Oct. 20, 2017)
Tens of thousands of bizarre, jelly-like sea creatures wash up on New Zealand beach (Newsweek, Oct. 13, 2017)
Bizarre sea creature could teach humans to do the locomotion (Wired, Aug. 22, 2017)
It’s better to swim alone, yet together, if you’re a salp (The New York Times, Aug. 4, 2017)
Tiny 'jellyfish' team up for multi-jetpack swimming (Live Science, Sept. 15, 2015)