Jesus A. Reyes, M.S.
Kevin M. Kelley, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelley earned his Ph.D., Master’s and Baccalaureate degrees at UC Berkeley, with a focus in environmental and comparative endocrinology, physiology, and toxicology. After post-doctoral research fellowships at Case Western Reserve, Oregon Health Sciences, and Stanford Universities, he joined the faculty in Biological Sciences at CSU Long Beach where he became a Full Professor, and later, Associate Dean of Research. He directed the Environmental Endocrinology Laboratory for two decades, generating more than 80 publications and over 250 invited lectures and conference papers. Dr. Kelley has also served on a variety of federal panels, including for the National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, and National Academy of Sciences, and in professional society leadership positions. He has mentored 40 graduate and over 80 undergraduate students in research.
As Associate Dean at CSU Long Beach, Dr. Kelley earned a reputation as an ardent advocate for the role of university research, important in fostering faculty excellence, outstanding educational opportunities, and multiple benefits to society, including using scientific approaches to address modern environmental issues. With his leadership, more than $40 million in programmatic and research funding was raised to advance research capacity, improve infrastructure to foster cutting-edge research, and enable student research education and training.
In 2015, Dr. Kelley moved to the CSU Chico campus to serve as Associate Vice President of Research, where he emphasized growth of faculty research programs, university research collaborations with public and private interests, and strategic planning for development of research infrastructure. Although now retired from that position, he continues to provide professional workshops aimed at enhancing original research and scholarship.
As a co-founder of the PCEC in 2008, Dr. Kelley serves Vice President and continues to develop research collaborations and educational programs for PCEC. He is dedicated to fostering the beneficial role of scientific research and assessment to understand and smartly manage environmental issues of the Pacific Coast.
Varenka Lorenzini, Ph.D.
Dr. Lorenzini PCEC
Victoria Gray, M.S.
Involved in PCEC since 2016,
Jesus Reyes is a Faculty Member in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Norco College, Division of Science and Health, where he is responsible for teaching college courses in animal and human physiology and anatomy. He has also taught a variety of science courses at California State University Long Beach and other regional colleges in environmental, marine, and physiological sciences.
In addition to his academic work, Reyes serves as the President of the Pacific Coast Environmental Conservancy, a 501(c)3 organization actively engaged in environmental education and research in both southern California and northern California ( ).
Born and raised in Montebello south of Los Angeles, Reyes subsequently studied at California State University, Long Beach, where he earned degrees in Marine Biology (BS), Zoology (BS) and Chemistry (Minor). As an undergraduate, he began a career interest in research focused on coastal environmental health particularly on human-derived impacts on wildlife, and continued into graduate studies where he earned a Master’s Degree in Biology with a focus on environmental toxicology and endocrinology in wild fish populations in southern California’s “urban ocean”. His Thesis research was among the earliest in California to document environmental impacts on endocrine systems and physiological health of wild fishes, which spawned much future research in the region across both academic and governmental agencies. One of the hallmarks of his research is to apply state-of-the-art technologies that evaluate environmental impacts with best scientific approaches possible.
Reyes co-founded the PCEC in 2008 and continues as its President. In addition to PCEC’s multiple collaborations in environmental research and monitoring, it also developed an environmental education and outreach program that focuses particularly on engaging middle and high school student in environmental sciences. The organization is committed to unbiased scientific understanding of environmental issues.