401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
Education: 2000 Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.S.
2006 University of South Florida, Ph.D.
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Courses Taught: Analytical Chemistry Lecture and Lab
General Chemistry Lecture and Lab
Career Specialties: Kelly Deister's main area of research is marine and riverine chemistry, focusing on the concentrations of inorganic elements and the processes that affect their distributions. This is accomplished through both field-based studies and laboratory-based experiments.
Professional and Community Activities: Estuaries are highly complex ecosystems that act as the interface between freshwater and seawater. This salinity gradient has a strong influence on the chemistry of an estuary. Deister is currently studying the spatial and temporal distribution of trace metals and salinity in the Tampa Bay estuary and its main tributaries, including the Hillsborough River and the Alafia River.
Deister is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union and the Geochemical Society. She has published several peer-reviewed research articles.
Honors and Awards: Gulf Oceanographic Charitable Trust Endowed Fellowship, 2005
Riggs Fellowship, 2003
Riggs Fellowship, 2002
Von Rosenstiel Fellowship, 2001