Black and white photo of Kelsey Bisson with long dark hair in a winter jacket. The jacket is covering her mouth and nose.

Kelsey Bisson

Program Scientist

Kelsey Bisson is a Program Scientist for the Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program (OBB) in the NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate.  She received her B.S. in Geological Sciences from the Ohio State University (2013) and a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2018) studying the ocean’s biological carbon pump from space. Kelsey is an advocate for using multiple sensors in tandem to advance understanding of ocean ecosystems, especially through lidar. She has been a member of NASA’s ICESat-2 and EXPORTS science teams. More recently she has studied polar ecosystem change and the effects of extreme events (volcanos, wildfires) on marine biogeochemistry.  Before joining NASA in 2023 as an IPA she was a research Assistant Professor at Oregon State University.

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