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About Siobhan Fennessy

Siobhan Fennessy is the Philip and Sheila Jordan Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at Kenyon College where she studies freshwater ecosystems, their plant communities and restoration, how ecosystems respond to human impacts and the role of temperate wetlands in the global carbon cycle. She previously served on the faculty of the geography department of University College London and held a joint appointment at the Station Biologique du la Tour du Valat (located in southern France) where she conducted research on human impacts to Mediterranean wetlands. She co-authored book on the ecology of wetland plants.
Dr. Fennessy is a 2013 recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study coastal ecosystems in Spain. 


Present Philip & Sheila Jordan Professor in Environmental Studies, Kenyon College
Professor of Biology, Kenyon College

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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Senior Research Fellow 2012-2013, Spain
  • Appointed to the Ramsar Convention Scientific and Technical Review Panel. 2015-2018. Appointed as a Scientific Expert to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Science and Technical Review Panel to the Conference of the Parties. Gland, Switzerland.
  • Appointed to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering Water Science and Technology Board member. 2011 – 2017. Appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to review and advise on water resource issues in the US.
  • Recipient of the Robert J. Tomsich Science Award for excellence in scientific research at Kenyon College, 2001
  • Appointed to the Intergovernmental Science Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 2015-2017. United Nations Environment Program. Lead Author for the Global Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration
  • Appointed to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 2015-17. UNEP. Coordinating Lead Author for the Americas Assessment on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being.


  • ARTS 191: ST: Botany and New Bot. Art
  • BIOL 115: Energy in Living Systems
  • BIOL 191: Special Topic
  • BIOL 291: ST: Restoration Ecology
  • BIOL 352: Aquatic Systems Biology
  • BIOL 353: Aquatic Systems Lab
  • BIOL 386: Research in Biology
  • BIOL 391: Special Topic
  • BIOL 393: Individual Study in Biology
  • BIOL 493: Individual Study in Biology
  • BIOL 498: Senior Honors
  • ENVS 112: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 251: Field Experience: Environmental Outreach
  • ENVS 253: Sustainable Agriculture
  • ENVS 461: Seminar in Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 493: Individual Study


1991 Doctorate of Philosophy, Ohio State University - Main Campus
1986 Bachelor of Science, Ohio State University - Main Campus

Contact Information

P: (740) 427-5455
Higley Hall 205


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