Jonathan Kennen

Biography

Jonathan G. Kennen is currently Lead Scientist for the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program’s New England Mid-Atlantic Major River Basin (MRB) studies and is the Biological Specialist for the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center. Dr. Kennen's current research focuses on evaluating the effects of hydrologic modification on stream assemblages and modeling flow alteration-ecology response relations. He is a co-developer of the USGS Hydroecological Integrity Assessment (HIT) Process which implements a set of tools for setting environmental-flow standards and comparing past and proposed streamflow alterations. Other ongoing research includes assessing the effects of water-supply development on aquatic assemblages, modeling of responses of stream macroinvertebrate and fish assemblages to land use changes, evaluating methods to support TMDL processes using hydrologic modification as a surrogate for aquatic life impairment, assessing ecological trends, and evaluating the effects of climate change on hydrological and ecological response. Dr. Kennen also represents the U.S. Geological Survey on multi-agency technical advisory committees addressing complex ecological, hydrological, water-quality, management, and natural resource issues and currently serves on the USGS Water Census / Water SMART Implementation Team, New Jersey Science Advisory Board (Ecological Processes Committee), and is a member of the Advisory Council for the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute.

Ph.D. Fisheries Biology, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY ·

M.S. Aquatic Entomology, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY ·

B.S. Biology, Longwood College, Farmville, VA ·

A.A. Liberal Arts, Suffolk Community College Selden, New York Professional Membership ·

Society for Freshwater Science (formerly the North American Benthological Society) ·

Sigma Xi ·

American Fisheries Society ·

American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists Professional Service ·

2010-present, Member of New Jersey Science Advisory Board (Ecological Processes Committee).

2009-present, Ecological Flow Lead, USGS National Water Census / Water SMART Implementation Team.

2009, Co-Organized Symposium for 2009 North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting, 'Developing flow-ecology response relations to support regional streamflow management', Grand Rapids, Michigan. ·

2008-present, Member of Technical Review Team for the Massachusetts Fish & Flow Project. ·

2007, Co-developer of the USGS Hydroecological Integrity Assessment (HIT) Process which implements a set of tools for setting environmental-flow standards, and comparing past and proposed streamflow alterations. ·

2006-present, Member of Pennsylvania Instream Flow Advisory Committee. ·

2005, Member of Organizing Committee for USGS Workshop “Linking hydrological change and ecological response in streams and rivers of the eastern United States”, Herndon, Virginia. ·

2005-2009, Member of Technical Advisory Committee for USGS Thrust Program—Water Availability for Ecological Needs project. ·

2003-2006, Dissertation Committee for Robert Hamilton IV, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. Major Professor: Dr. Joan G. Ehrenfeld. ·

2003-present, Member of New Jersey IBI Technical Advisory Committee. ·

2002-2008, Member of New Jersey Wetlands Research Advisory Group. ·

2002-present, Member of Advisory Council of the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute.

2000-2009 Ad-hoc member of Scientific Advisory Council for the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

1996-present, Member of the Interagency Macroinvertebrate Biomonitoring Workgroup. ·

Referee for various journals including: North American Benthological Society, Ecohydrology, Freshwater Biology, Ecological Modelling, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, and American Water Resources Association.