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Kelly D. Moran, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist
Clean Water Program
Emerging Contaminants

Dr. Kelly Moran joined SFEI-ASC in late 2020 to investigate contaminants of emerging concern and microplastics in the San Francisco Bay and other regions of California. For the last 25 years Dr. Moran has worked at the interface of science and public policy, assisting government agencies with managing water pollution from consumer products. Dr. Moran specializes in identifying linkages between products and surface water quality and developing science-based approaches to prevent water pollution. Her work spans a range of pollutants, product types, and environmental transport pathways. She co-founded the Brake Pad Partnership, which conducted scientific studies that stimulated legislation phasing out copper use in vehicle brake pads to protect salmon populations. The Urban Pesticides Pollution Prevention Partnership that she founded brought scientific information to state pesticides regulators that caused them to develop new science-based systems to protect surface water quality. Dr. Moran has served on many advisory panels including the California Source Reduction Advisory Committee, the City of San Mateo Planning Commission, and the California Green Ribbon Science Panel, which she co-chairs. She received a B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley.

Related Projects, News, and Events

New Book Chapter: Pesticides in Our Homes Wash Down the Drain (News)

A state-of-the-science review of current-use pesticides in wastewater, led by SFEI senior scientist Dr. Rebecca Sutton, indicates this pollution pathway is significant and should not be overlooked. The book chapter provides a comprehensive conceptual model of all types of pesticides that have the potential to be washed down the drain and into wastewater. Conventional wastewater treatment technologies are generally ineffective at removing pesticides, so additional monitoring and modeling studies are needed to guide efforts to prevent pesticide pollution.

RMP Study in the News: “Dog and cat flea treatments suspected of polluting San Francisco Bay” (News)

As a result of summary information presented in the latest Pulse of the Bay (see below), the San Jose Mercury News published an article based on a RMP study of pesticide movement through Bay Area wastewater treatment plants.  Fipronil is an insecticide that is of moderate concern for the Bay because levels in sediment are in the range of toxicity thresholds for freshw