M. Siobhan Fennessy
Associate Professor of Biology, Kenyon College
Co-Director, Environmental Studies
Co-Executive Director, Brown Family Environmental Center



Cronk, J.K. and M. S. Fennessy. 2001 Wetland Plants: Biology and Ecology. CRC Press/Lewis Publishers. Boca Raton, FL. 440 pages.

Wali, M., F. Evrendilek, and S. Fennessy. Environmental Science: Issues and Solutions. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press.
In prep, expected publishing date 2009.


Fennessy, M. S. and E. R. Herbert. 2007. Restoration of freshwater and estuarine wetlands. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK. (in press).

Deimeke, L., J. Bishop, J. Mack, and S. Fennessy. Ecosystem condition as a function of landuse: evidence for differential response due to HGM class. In preparation for special issue of Environmental Management.

  Cronk, J.K. and M. S. Fennessy. 2007. Plants of Wetlands. Encyclopedia of Inland Waters, G. Likens, editor-in-Cheif. Elsevier Limited, Oxford, UK. (in press).

Fennessy, S. Jacobs, A. and M. Kentula. 2007. An evaluation of rapid methods for assessing the ecological condition of wetlands. Wetlands 27: 504 – 521.

Haag, W., R. DiStefano, S. Fennessy, and B. Marshall. (in press). Invertebrates and Plants: methods and applications. Pgs x-xx In Fisheries Techniques, 3rd Edition (Zale, A., D. Parrish, and T. Sutton, eds.). American Fisheries Society. Bethesda, MD.

Fennessy, S., A. Rokosch, and J. Mack. 2008. Decomposition and nutrient cycles in natural and restored wetlands: a functional analysis. Wetlands: in press.

Fennessy, M.S., E.R. Heithaus, and R.A. Mauck. 2007. Teaching the Natural Sciences with GIS. Biology: Spatial investigations of populations and landscapes. Pgs 171-184 In Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum (Sinton, D.S., and J.J. Lund, eds.). ESRI Press, Redlands, CA.

White, D. and M.S. Fennessy. 2005. Suitability of wetland restoration potential at the watershed scale. Ecological Engineering 24:359-377.

Fennessy, M.S., A.D. Jacobs, and M.K. Kentula. 2004. Review of rapid methods for assessing wetland condition. EPA/620/R-04/009/ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Lopez, R. and M. S. Fennessy. 2002. Testing the Floristic Quality Assessment Index as an indicator of wetland condition along gradients of human influence. Ecological Applications 12: 487-497.

Lopez, R., C. Davis and M. S. Fennessy. 2002 Ecological relationships between fragmented landscape attributes and plant guilds in depressional wetlands. Landscape Ecology: 17:43-56.

Fennessy, M. S., M. Gernes, J. Mack, and D. Heller-Wardrop. 2002. Using vegetation to assess environmental conditions in wetlands. EPA 843-B-00-0002j. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Office of Water, Washington, DC.

Fennessy, M. S. and W. J. Mitsch. 2001. Effects of hydrology on spatial patterns of soil development in created riparian wetlands. Wetlands Ecology and Management 9:103-120.

Agnew, C., and M. S. Fennessy. 2001. Climate change and nature conservation. Pages 273 - 304 In A. Warren and J. French, ed. Habitat Conservation: Managing the Physical Environment. J. Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Chichester, UK.

Fennessy, M. S., and J. K. Cronk . 1997 The effectiveness and restoration potential of riparian ecotones for the management of nonpoint source pollution, particularly nitrate. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 27:285?317.

Fennessy, M. S., J. K. Cronk, and W. J. Mitsch. 1994. Productivity and macrophyte community dynamics in created wetlands subjected to experimental hydrologic regimes. Ecological Engineering: the Journal of Ecotechnology 3:469?484.

Fennessy, M. S., C. Brueske, and W. J. Mitsch. 1994. Sediment deposition patterns in restored freshwater wetlands using sediment traps. Ecological Engineering: the Journal of Ecotechnology 3: 409?428.

Fennessy, M. S., G. K. Sims, and S. R. Kehrmeyer. 1992. A model laboratory system for teaching concepts important in Soil Microbiology. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Science Education 21:79?83.

Mitsch, W. J. and M. S. Fennessy. 1991. Modelling nutrient cycling in wetlands. Pages 249 ? 276 In S. E. Jorgensen ed. Developments in Ecological Modelling 17: Chemical Cycling in the Environment. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Baker, K. A., M. S. Fennessy, W. J. Mitsch. 1991. Designing wetlands for controlling coal mine drainage: an ecologic-economic modelling approach. Ecological Economics 3: 1-24. Reprinted in: The Development of Ecological Economics. 1997. R. Costanza, C. Perrings and C. Cleveland editors. E. Elgar Publishing, LTD.

Fennessy, M. S. and W. J. Mitsch. 1989. Treating coal mine drainage with an artificial wetland. Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation 61:1691?1701.

Fennessy M. S., and W. J. Mitsch. 1989. Design and use of wetlands for renovation of drainage from coal mines. Pages 231?254 In S. E. Jørgensen and W. J. Mitsch, eds. Ecological Engineering: An Introduction to Ecotechnology. J. Wiley, New York.


Fennessy, M.S., J. J. Mack, M. T. Sullivan, E. Deimeke, M. Cohen, M. Micacchion, and M. Knapp. 2007. Assessment of wetlands in the Cuyahoga River watershed of northeast Ohio (A probabilistic sampling approach). Ohio EPA Technical Report WET/2007-4. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Surface Water, Wetland Ecology Group, Columbus, Ohio.

Fennessy, M. S., J. J. Mack, A. Rokosch, M. Knapp, and M. Micacchion. 2004. Biogeochemical and hydrological investigations of natural and mitigation wetlands. Ohio EPA Technical Report WET/2004-5. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Wetlands Ecology Unit, Division of Surface Water, Columbus, OH

Mack, J. J., M S. Fennessy, M. Micacchion, and D. Porej. 2004. Standardized monitoring protocols, data analysis and reporting requirements for mitigation wetlands in Ohio, v. 1.0. Ohio EPA Technical Report WET/2004-6. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Wetlands Ecology Unit, Division of Surface Water, Columbus, OH

Fennessy, M. S., M. A. Gray, and R. D. Lopez. 1998. An ecological assessment of wetlands using reference sites. Volumes 1 and 2. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Technical Bulletin. Division of Surface Water, Wetlands Ecology Unit. Columbus, OH

Fennessy, M. S., B. Elifritz and R. Lopez. 1998. Testing the Floristic Quality Assessment Index as an Indicator of Riparian Wetland Disturbance. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Technical Bulletin. Division of Surface Water, Wetlands Ecology Unit. Columbus, OH

Fennessy, M. S. 1997. A Functional Assessment of Mitigation Wetlands in Ohio: Comparisons with natural systems. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Technical Bulletin. Division of Surface Water, Wetlands Ecology Unit. Columbus, OH

Fennessy, M. S. 1993. Use of Riparian Wetland Buffer Zones to Control Nonpoint Source Nitrate Pollution. Final Report to the World Wildlife Fund UK. Surrey, UK.

Hollis, G.E., M. S. Fennessy and J. Thompson. 1993. The Hydrology of the Isle of Sheppey Grazing Marshes (A249 Iwade to Queensborough, UK). Final Report for the UK Department of Transport. London, UK.

Fennessy, M. S. 1992. Spatial Patterns of Soil Chemistry Development in Restored Freshwater Wetlands. Volume 4, Chapter 1, in The Des Plaines River Wetlands Demonstration Project. Chicago IL. Wetlands Research, Inc.

Mitsch, W.J., M. S. Fennessy, J. K. Cronk, et al. 1992. Final Report on the Ecosystem Studies of the Des Plaines River Experimental Wetlands ? 1990/92. Report to Wetlands Research, Inc. Chicago, Il.

Mitsch, W.J., J. K. Cronk, M. S. Fennessy, and G. Snyder. 1990. Wetlands for the Control of Nonpoint Source Pollution: Preliminary feasibility study for Swan Creek Watershed of Northwestern Ohio. Report to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, P.O. Number 607107.

Fennessy, M. S. 1989. The Des Plaines River Wetlands Demonstration Project: Soil and Vegetation Geostatistical Analysis and Mapping. Final Report to Ryerson Fellowship Committee. Chicago, IL.


Assessing the ecological condition of wetlands on a watershed basis - the Cuyahoga River Watershed as a case study.