coastal institute

Narragansett Bay Campus, Room 124, Narragansett, RI 02882


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Robert D. Kenney

  • University of Rhode Island
  • Phone: 401.874.6664
  • Fax: 401.874.6523
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  • Office Location: Graduate School of Oceanography
    URI Bay Campus
    Narragansett, RI 02882

My research and outreach focus is on the ecology and conservation biology of marine vertebrates, particularly whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sharks and other large fishes, and seabirds. I am especially interested in the effects of natural and human-caused environmental impacts on marine food chains and apex predators. Because of my experience with “charismatic megafauna,” I have become involved in a number of efforts to mitigate the impacts of such things as military operations, coastal and industrial development, shipping, and commercial fishing on marine populations and resources.

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