Jennifer Kennedy

Marine Science Expert


M.S., Resource Administration and Management, University of New Hampshire

B.S., Natural Resources, Cornell University


  • Scientist, educator, and naturalist with more than two decades of experience studying and educating the public about the oceans
  • The executive director of the ​Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation
  • Whale watch naturalist who conducts educational programs about the marine environment


Jennifer Kennedy is a former writer for ThoughtCo, where she contributed 260 stories about marine life during her more than seven-year tenure.  Jennifer worked in marine research and education for over 20 years. She is the executive director of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. With this organization, Jennifer works as a whale watch naturalist, directs educational programs about the marine environment, coordinates local aquatic conservation activities, and manages the organization's operations. 

Jennifer is a scientist, educator, and naturalist with more than two decades of experience studying and educating the public about the oceans. She was a naturalist and human resources manager with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company before joining Blue Ocean. Her master's thesis involved studying cooperative research between fishers and scientists. Jennifer is a member of the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association and the New Hampshire Sea Grant Policy Advisory Committee.


Jennifer Kennedy earned a Master Science (M.S.) in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. She also holds a Bachelor Science (B.S.) in Natural Resources from Cornell University.

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