Kelly PhotoBrenda P. Kelly

Assistant Director, Polar Science

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy






Dr. Brendan P. Kelly is the Assistant Director for Polar Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. He received degrees in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz (B.A.), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (M.S.), and Purdue University (Ph.D.). Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Arctic Sciences at the National Science Foundation and—for 35 years—as a researcher in Alaska where he studied the ecology and behavior of ice-associated marine mammals. At the University of Alaska, he served as a professor marine biology, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Vice Provost for Research. He has participated in and led collaborative research throughout the Arctic and in the Sea of Okhotsk, the Baltic Sea, and Antarctica. He has served on numerous national and international science panels and as a science adviser to indigenous organizations in Alaska.