Kelly Stockton-Fiti, M.Sc.

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Research Scientist

Specialist working with larval stages of aquatic invasive species. Extensive background in microscopy, toxicity testing and dreissenid mussels. Developed live/dead assessment techniques indispensable in toxicity testing.

Academic Background

Masters of Science, Fisheries Resources (University of Idaho)

Bachelor of Science, Biology; Minor in Microbiology (Colorado State University)

Professional Experience

RNT Consulting, Associate

  • Conduct veliger analysis and testing
  • Microscopy of environmental samples
  • Perform field and laboratory analyses on water quality and environmental suitability for AIS

KASF Consulting, Environmental Consultant

  • Plans, designs, constructs and performs experiments for different clients' needs specifically related to aquatic invasive mollusks
  • Conducts trainings on veliger sampling and analysis
  • Performs site evaluation for infestations of New Zealand mudsnails and recommend control techniques

Marrone Bio Innovation, Research Scientist

  • Ecological monitoring and toxicity testing on all life stages of invasive zebra and quagga mussels under different water quality parameters
  • Assisted in site treatments for customers

GEI Consultants, Aquatic Ecologist

  • Assessed exotoxicological parameters in accordance with state and federal regulations
  • Conducted biomonitoring assessments for clients
  • Identified benthic invertebrates and zooplankton

University of Idaho, Graduate Research Assistant

  • Conducted toxicology assessment of a product to use on New Zealand mudsnails and quagga mussels and assessed the safety of the product on hatchery gear and environment
  • Compared the hydrodynamics of two different engineered raceways
  • Designed a guide to address the assessment of risk and provided options for management and control of infestations of New Zealand mudsnails in fish hatcheries
  • Taught multiple workshops and hosted conferences

Colorado Division of Wildlife, Aquatic Nuisance Species Technician

  • Conducted monitoring procedures for ANS at over 40 reservoirs monthly, including water quality
  • Assessed plankton tow samples with microscopy for veliger presence

Publications/Journal Articles

Stockton-Fiti, K.A. and C. M. Moffitt. 2017. Safety and efficacy of Virkon® Aquatic as a control tool for invasive mollusks in aquaculture. Aquaculture 480: 71-76.

Stockton-Fiti, K.A. and R. Claudi. 2017. Use of a differential simple stain to confirm mortality of dreissenid mussel veligers in field and laboratory experiments. Management of Biological Invasions 8: 325-333.

Stockton-Fiti, K.A., C.M. Moffitt, B.J. Watten, B.J. Vinci. 2016. Comparison of hydraulics and particle removal efficiencies in a mixed cell raceway and Burrows pond rearing system. Aquacultural Engineering 74:52-61.

Moffitt, C.M., K. A. Stockton-Fiti, R. Claudi. 2016. Toxicity of potassium chloride to veliger and byssal stage dreissenid mussels related to water quality. Management of Biological Invasions 7: 257-268.

Moffitt, C. M., A. Barenberg, K. A. Stockton, and B. J. Watten. 2015. Efficacy of two approaches for disinfecting surfaces and water infested with quagga mussel veligers. Pp 467-477, Chapter 30 in W. H. Wong and S. Gerstenberger, editors. Biology and management of invasive quagga and zebra mussels in the Western United States. CRC Press.

Stockton K. and C.M. Moffitt. 2013. Disinfection of Three Wading Boot Surfaces Infested with New Zealand Mudsnails. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 33:529-538.

Stockton K, C. M. Moffitt, D. L. Blew and C. N. Farmer. 2012. Acute Toxicity of Sodium Fluorescein to Ashy Pebblesnails Fluminicola fuscus. Northwest Science. 86:190-197.

Stockton K. 2011. Methods to Assess, Control, and Manage Risks for Two Invasive Mollusks in Fish Hatcheries. Master's Thesis University of Idaho.

Stockton K. 2011. Summary of responses to student involvement in WDAFS Survey. Tributary Volume 35 no 1:15.

Stockton K. 2010. Student representation in WDAFS. Tributary Volume 34 no3: 7.

Stockton K, P Morley, et al. Evaluation of the effects of footwear hygiene protocols on nonspecific bacterial contamination of floor surfaces in an equine hospital. JAVMA. 2006, 228:1068-1073.

Technical Reports

Stockton-Fiti, K.A. 2020. Investigating chemical treatment options on quagga mussel veligers in static conditions for treating water supplied for agricultural use & determination of water source effect on adult quagga mussels. Technical Report for United Water Conservation District.

Stockton-Fiti, K.A. 2019. Trout Haven Ranch New Zealand Mudsnail Decontamination. Technical Report for Steve Simpson at Trout Haven Ranch.

Stockton-Fiti, K.A. 2018. Recommendations for Capitol Lake New Zealand Mudsnail Management. Technical Report prepared for Capitol Lake Improvement and Protection Association

Stockton-Fiti, K.A. and C. M. Moffitt. 2017. Determining the toxicity of antifreeze to quagga mussels. Technical Report for US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Stockton-Fiti, K.A. and C. M. Moffitt. 2017. Investigation of the Edwards protocol's effectiveness on zebra mussel veligers. Technical Report for Mississippi River Basin Panel.

Stockton-Fiti, K.A. and C. M. Moffitt. 2016. Verification of the effectiveness of KCl on zebra mussel veligers. Technical Report for Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Stockton-Fiti, K. 2015. Investigation of the KRIA industrial ionizer on the mortality of the invasive quagga mussel. Technical Report.

Stockton-Fiti, K. 2015. Toxicity of EcoClean to Quagga Mussel Veligers. Technical Report.


Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species

Western Division American Fisheries Society