Kelly Siman is currently earning her PhD in Biomimicry within the Integrated Biosciences department at the University of Akron. She is the Ohio Biomimicry Coastal Resiliency Innovation Fellow in the Integrated Biosciences department, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Cleveland Water Alliance. Her research focus is on social-ecological resilience of complex adaptive systems, applied adaptive governance, and biomimetic climate change adaptation and mitigation applications.
Prior to joining the University of Akron, she was a Senior Researcher at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore where she assisted in a three-year meso-level comparative analysis of political risk and regulation within four environmental sectors in five Asian countries. She also served as advisor to a leading Singaporean Ambassador-at-Large with global environmental issues. She then moved into the nonprofit sector to take on the role of Managing Director of a private foundation in Hawaii that works on Pacific Island marine conservation and cultural heritage. Here, she started the North American office and helped run Asia-Pacific operations. Kelly also has extensive work experience at the South Pole Station, Antarctica, New Zealand, and China.
Prior to starting her PhD, Kelly earned her MSc from the College of Natural Resources in Geography at Virginia Tech and her BSc from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aeronautics, including her pilot’s license.