Kelli Elliott

  • Data Science FellowTropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Kelli is originally from Sarasota, FL and attended the University of South Florida for her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology with a minor in Studio Art. During this time, she took an interest in ecology and decided to pursue an undergraduate thesis on microplastic presence within freshwater wetlands in Tampa, FL. After completing her BS degree, she decided to continue her graduate studies at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo pursuing a degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science.


BS Marine Biology – University of South Florida

Research Interests

Current research interests include understanding suitable environmental conditions for the Hawaiian Cyrtandra, also known as ha‘iwale. Kelli also aims to fill in more of the genomic and taxon sampling gaps to better understand the reason for irregular variation of this endemic plant.