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Kelly Garcia

Kelly is smiling at the camera while a sea lion is giving her a kiss on the cheek.

Kelly Garcia is a graduate research assistant at the Environmental Institute of Houston and is pursuing a master’s in environmental science-biology at UHCL. While choosing her thesis project she will be assisting on various ongoing research projects, including an upcoming oyster pathogen and restoration project.

Kelly Garcia grew up in Houston and recently completed her B.S. in biology with a concentration in environmental biosciences at University of Houston-Downtown, graduating magna cum laude in 2019. During her undergrad, she interned for a study that explored the pollination biology of a tree species in the Amazon Forest of French Guiana, for which she watched and documented footage of floral visitors. After graduation, she worked at Rice University as a volunteer research assistant where she documented camera trap images of Rwandan wildlife. She then continued the pollination biology project as a full-time research assistant to analyze the data and prepare a manuscript. The position also involved other projects, such as managing the Bat Eco-Interactions Database, where she reviewed the literature to document ecological interactions involving bats and coordinated with an international team. Kelly’s passion for nature and animals has motivated her to continue research in ecology, with an interest in the impacts of anthropogenic stressors on threatened populations and communities, as well as exploring inter-species dynamics. In her free time, she likes hiking, biking, gardening, doing craft projects, and hanging out with her two dogs.


  • Environmental Institute of Houston

    Phone: 281-283-3950

    North Office Annex
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002