Kelly O Maloney, Ph.D.



Dr. Kelly O. Maloney is an ecologist whose research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic activities on the quantity and quality of freshwater resources with a goal to synthesize scientific findings into tools to aid in the monitoring, assessment and management of these precious resources. He conducts and coordinates a highly diverse range of research to address the informational needs of the DOI, its partners, state agencies and NGOs.  Dr. Maloney has centered his research program on two areas: 1) ecological flow requirements of aquatic systems, and 2) effects of anthropogenic activities on aquatic ecosystem structure and function. Within each focal area he conducts research to answer questions at multiple scales, employing a combination of field surveys, statistical analyses, computer simulations and meta-analyses. 

He held post-doctoral positions at the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center prior to joining the U.S. Geological Survey Leetown Science Center in June of 2010.


  • B.S. Environmental Resource Management, 1994,The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S. Earth and Environmental Science, 2000, Lehigh University
  • M.P.S. Discrete and Statistical Science, 2004, Auburn University
  • Ph.D. Biological Sciences, 2004, Auburn University. 

Current Position

Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center