Kelly is a postdoctoral researcher in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder and the NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory Global Monitoring Laboratory (NOAA-ESRL-GML). She is a member of the Global Radiation, Aerosols, and Clouds Division (GRAD). She is also working with the Atmospheric Sciences for Renewable Energy (ASRE) science team. Her current research focus is on how different cloud regimes and their radiative impacts are represented in weather and solar forecasting models. She uses radiative transfer models as well as radiation measurements and cloud observations as part of her work.
Before starting at CIRES, Kelly went to Penn State University for a BS in Meteorology and University of Washington in Seattle for a MS and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences. During graduate school, her research was focused on comparing ground-based and space-based lidar observations of ice clouds as well as quantifying the aerosol direct radiative effect at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM) sites.