Austin R. Kelly Curator

Joined: Aug 05, 2017 Last Active: Aug 03, 2021 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since December 2020

Website: http://AustinRKelly.com/
Email: austin.kelly@aggienetwork.com
Cell: 254-477-3213


I am a PhD student at Texas A&M University with the Wilcox Ecohydrology Lab in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Department studying Texas savanna ecosystems and their diverse plant communities, potential methods for ecological restoration, sustainable environmental management, and ecohydrological connectivity and resilience.

Former Work Experience:

~ Field Botanist with Elliott Environmental Consulting at the Savannah River Site, South Carolina

~ Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dendrology (Forest Trees of North America) in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Department - Texas A&M University

~ Assistant Curator and Floristic Botanist at the S.M. Tracy Herbarium

~ Contracted Floristic Botanist with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects collecting and identifying over 350 species in coastal prairie, wetlands, & woodlands

~ Lab Instructor for Agrostology (Grass Systematics) & Plant Taxonomy courses in the Ecosystem Science and Management Department at Texas A&M

~ Research Technician for the Texas A&M Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Department handling chemical and organism care, maintenance, & disposal

~ Laboratory Assistant in the Mateos Genetics Laboratory working with care & maintenance of Drosophila

~ Harvest Manager at Fambro Family Farms

I love plants, mushrooms, and all other forms of wildlife and I am always ecstatic to learn more as well as teaching others all that I know. I consider myself a wanderlusting world traveler and an interdisciplinary naturalist.

Primarily, I am a plant community and pyric-herbivory ecologist, so my main training is in Botany and Ecosystem Interactions but I have also had extensive biological training in Herpetology, Entomology, Lichenology, Bryology, and Mycology along with minor training in Ornithology and Mammology, but I plan to expand upon those in the future as well.


The iNaturalist-based projects I've been administrating have similar interdisciplinary specializations but I have recently focused on plant pathogens & interactions such as:

These projects are to document fungal pathogens of grasses (Poaceae) that infect the inflorescences (seedheads) in particular. The second and third projects are presumed to be currently undescribed species, so the projects are attempting to map their current known species ranges.

~ Fungal Diseases of Grass Inflorescences (this project collates many of the known fungal pathogens residing on grass infloresences)
~ Indiangrass Ergot (Claviceps on Sorghastrum nutans)
~ Purpletop Smut (Ustilaginaceae on Tridens flavus)

These Gall Forming Arthropod Projects are attempting to determine the species ranges of currently undescribed gall mites on two species of shrubs native to Texas:

~ Diospyros texana (Texas persimmon) Galls
~ Sideroxylon lanuginosum (Gum bumelia) Galls


Here are a few iNat tools & references I like to use:
Heat Map of my Observations (to see your own map, change the "user_id=" in the URL)

Heat Map of my Identifications (to see your own map, change the "ident_user_id=" in the URL)

How to use iNaturalist’s Search URLs - wiki


Proud to be the top global identifier for the following taxa:

Animals (Animalia):
~ Family Ailuridae, Genus Ailurus, & Ailurus fulgens (Red Pandas)
~ Family Iniidae, Genus Inia, & Inia geoffrensis (Amazon/Pink River Dolphin)
~ Family Oxyuridae, Genus Enterobius, & Enterobius vermicularis (Pinworms)
~ Family Tyrannosauridae, Genus Tyrannosaurus, & Tyrannosaurus rex [extinct]
~ Subfamily Ailuropodinae, Genus Ailuropoda, & Ailuropoda melanoleuca (Giant Pandas)
~ Canis familiaris ssp. familiaris (Western Domestic Dog)

Plants (Exluding Grasses):
~ Krameria lanceolata (Prairie Bur)
~ Silphium albiflorum (White Rosinweed)
~ Tragia urticifolia (Nettleleaf Noseburn)

Grasses (Poaceae Family):
~ Genus Cortaderia & Cortaderia selloana (Pampasgrass)
~ Genus Chasmanthium & Chasmanthium latifolium (Inland Wood Oats)
~ Genus Hopia & Hopia obtusa (Vine Mesquite)
~ Genus Oryza & Oryza sativa (Rice)
~ Genus Zea & Zea mays (Corn/Maize)
~ Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats Grama)
~ Bouteloua dactyloides (Buffalograss)
~ Paspalum plicatulum (Brownseed Paspalum)
~ Sorghum bicolor (Sorghum/Milo)

Fungi:
~ Genus Claviceps (Ergots)
~ Anthracocystis paspali-thunbergii (Paspalum Smut) - Top Observer
~ Atkinsonella texensis (Texas Wintergrass Fungus)
~ Sphacelotheca polygoni-serrulati (False Polygonaceae Smut)
~ Cercospora adusta (Privet Leaf Spot)
~ Claviceps africana (African Sorghum Ergot)
~ Claviceps grohii (Carex Ergot)
~ Claviceps maximensis (Guineagrass Ergot)
~ Claviceps nigricans (Eleocharis Ergot)
~ Claviceps paspali (Paspalum Ergot)
~ Claviceps purpurea (Rye Ergot)
~ Claviceps pusilla (Bluestem Ergot)
~ Claviceps spartinae (Cordgrass Ergot)
~ Claviceps zizaniae (Wildrice Ergot)
~ Epicoccum andropogonis
~ Melanotaenium endogenum (Bedstraw Smut)
~ Ustilago cynodontis (Bermudagrass Smut)
~ Ustilago maydis (Corn Smut)

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