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I am Associate Professor (formerly Senior Lecturer) in Environmental Science, teaching across all undergraduate levels, and at postgraduate level, in geography and environmental science related subjects (including biodiversity and conservation, field skills in geography, and pollution management), I also act as Academic Personal Tutor for years 1-3.

I believe in pursuing research-led teaching, and my ongoing research involves partners in Southern Africa and Central America. I am also currently involved in setting up international links for both research and teaching purposes. In addition, I am co-lead in the Environment and Water Research cluster (EWRG) within the school, and I also act as placement tutor, overseeing placements for geography and disaster management related degree courses within the faculty. At Coventry I have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PgCAPHE), and have become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.




My main research focuses on applied freshwater ecology, but my interests extend to terrestrial plant ecology and habitat management, hydrology, catchment management, and farmland biodiversity. Since 2005, much of my research work has been based in Zambia (including involvement in Darwin Initiative and EU-ACP funded projects), focussing upon issues of land use management and the development of methods for sustainable river management. Currently, whilst continuing collaboration within Zambia, I am developing institutional and research links within Costa Rica.


Area of expertise:

  • Vegetation sampling
  • Plant identification
  • Aquatic Macro-invertebrate identification (family level)
  • Biodiversity assessment
  • Tropical fieldwork
  • River gauging
  • Water quality and tracer analysis
  • Multivariate data analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement and training

Research Interests

Eco-hydrology; Biomonitoring; Water Quality; Habitat Management; Sustainable Development; Applied Vegetation Ecology

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macrophyte Earth & Environmental Sciences
rivers Agriculture & Biology
wetland Earth & Environmental Sciences
river Earth & Environmental Sciences
macrophytes Agriculture & Biology
Zambia Agriculture & Biology
floodplains Agriculture & Biology
floodplain Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2000 2020

  • 297 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 4 Poster
  • 2 Paper
  • 1 Conference proceeding

Determining the Impact of Riparian Wetlands on Nutrient Cycling, Storage and Export in Permeable Agricultural Catchments

Johnes, P., Goody, D., Heaton, T., Binley, A., Kennedy, M., Shand, P. & Prior, H., 6 Jan 2020, In : Water. 12, 1, 30 p., 167.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
agricultural catchment
nutrient cycling
1 Citation (Scopus)

World distribution, diversity and endemism of aquatic macrophytes

Murphy, K., Efremov, A., Davidson, T. A., Molina-Navarro, E., Fidanza, K., Crivelari Betiol, T. C., Chambers, P., Tapia Grimaldo, J., Varandas Martins, S., Springuel, I., Kennedy, M., Mormul, R. P., Dibble, E., Hofstra, D., Lukács, B. A., Gebler, D., Baastrup-Spohr, L. & Urrutia-Estrada, J., 1 Oct 2019, In : Aquatic Botany. 158, 103127.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ecological zones
indigenous species
1 Citation (Scopus)

Zambian Invertebrate Scoring System (ZISS): A macroinvertebrate-based biotic index for rapid bioassessment of southern tropical African river systems

Dallas, H. F., Lowe, S., Kennedy, M. P., Saili, K. & Murphy, K. J., 2018, In : African Journal of Aquatic Science. 43, 4, p. 325-344 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

biological assessment
river system
4 Citations (Scopus)
25 Downloads (Pure)

Environmental drivers of freshwater macrophyte diversity and community composition in calcareous warm-water rivers of America and Africa

Tapia Grimaldo, J., O'Hare, M. T., Kennedy, M. P., Davidson, T. A., Bonilla-Barbosa, J., Santamaría-Araúz, B., Gettys, L., Varandas Martins, S., Thomaz, S. M. & Murphy, K. J., 1 Sep 2017, In : Freshwater Biology. 62, 9, p. 1511-1527 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
river water
warm water
community composition

Conceptualising the hydrology of tropical wetlands to aid habitat management in northern Zambia

Kennedy, M., Racey, P., Iason, G., Chama, L. & Soulsby, C., 2016, p. 180-185.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
habitat management

Activities 1999 2017

  • 15 Participation in conference
  • 2 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Reviewer of proposals for funding

Review College Member

Michael Kennedy (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding

EGU Geneal Assembly 2016

Michael Kennedy (Speaker)
Apr 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Aquatic Ecology (Journal)

Michael Kennedy (Peer Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

EGU General Assembly

Michael Kennedy (Co-convenor)
12 Apr 201517 Apr 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

EGU General Assembly 2014

Michael Kennedy (Speaker)
27 Apr 20142 May 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference