Dr. Jamelle Ellis is the Senior Scientist for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), a national conservation organization with a mission to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish by strengthening laws, policies, and funding affecting fish and wildlife conservation access based on the best available science.
She has more than 20 years of broad experience in the environmental field, with engineering and science roles in academia, private, and public sectors focused on environmental contaminant delineation, exposures, and human health impacts. Dr. Ellis has served as the technical liaison for the remediation of hazardous waste at DOD sites and has extensive knowledge of federal environmental regulations including RCRA, CWA, NEPA, and MSFCMA. She has also served as the principal and co-investigator on National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation grants related to establishing and evaluating baseline health assessments in SC Sea Island communities in response to a port expansion and training middle school teachers to develop culturally sustainable STEM curriculum in SC Gullah communities, respectively.
In her role as TRCP Senior Scientist, Dr. Ellis facilitates coordination with partners and non-partner groups nationally to advise on active management practices and legislation related to coastal, wetlands, and forest ecosystems as well as climate-smart solutions and wildlife conservation based on the best available science. She earned her M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Clemson University where she studied spectral evaluation of in-situ petroleum products at the DOE Savannah River Site and her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of South Carolina where she studied exposures to methylmercury through fishing and fish consumption patterns in SC Sea Island communities.
Dr. Ellis is a native of Charleston, SC, and enjoys bicycling, water sports, gardening, and experiencing new adventures with her family. She currently resides in Blythewood, SC with her husband and best friend. They share three amazing young adult children – two sons and a daughter.