Michael J. Kennish is a Research Professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, where he has conducted innovative studies of estuarine and marine environments for nearly 30 years. The primary focus of his research has been investigations of anthropogenic effects on these environments.
Much of his current research involves the study of coastal ecosystem responses to climate change, most notably the investigation of climate change effects on biotic communities and habitats in estuarine and coastal marine environments, as well as coastal watersheds. This work includes assessment of the sustainability of salt marshes and other coastal environments to sea-level rise, storms, and other drivers of change. He is the author or editor of 14 scholarly books in marine science, and the author or co-author of more than 175 articles in science journals and books. In addition, he has edited 8 compendium science journal special issues on various topics in marine science. Among his many awards are the 2009 NOAA/NERRS Estuarine Research Reserve National Award, 2010 Graham Macmillan Award, and 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.