Originally from Virginia, Shelby graduated from Allegheny College in 2013. Before starting at Moss Landing, she worked as a guide and marine science instructor on Catalina, Hawaii, and in Southeast Alaska. Currently, she is working as the Assistant Dive Safety Officer at Moss Landing.
Shelby's research focuses on the role of Ulva biofilm in the cycling of mercury through coastal ecosystems. She is interested in understanding how mercury and other metals enter the food web and the importance of macroalgae in their bioaccumulation and biomagnification.