Kelsey recently completed her PhD candidature at the University of Tasmania, working in collaboration with and supported by Australia's Commonwealth, Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Kelsey researched the amounts, types, fates and impacts of fishing gear loss from major commercial fisheries around the world. Her research is multidisciplinary, and combines a quantitative, statistical approach to identify gear loss with an examination of governance regimes that decrease and manage gear loss to highlight effective offset strategies that reduce gear loss and its associated impacts.
Kelsey has a background in marine conservation and international environmental policy, with an ongoing focus on the global marine debris issue. She is currently working as an independent marine environmental consultant, with a focus on issues surrounding marine plastic pollution and fisheries management, including in small island developing states (SIDS).