Tiff-Annie Kenny

Ph.D., Biology

2016-2019 University of Ottawa

Adjunct Professor (Laval University)

Tiff-Annie is interested in human dependency on biodiversity for nutrition and food security. Her research employs participatory and systems-based methodologies to examine the links between marine environments and human health, with a particular focus on the ecological, environmental, and economic dimensions of Indigenous Peoples food systems. Tiff-Annie holds a B.Eng. and an MSc. (Applied) in Biosystems Engineering from McGill University, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Ottawa.


Singh, G. G., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Swartz, W., Cheung, W., Guy, J. A., Kenny, T. A., McOwen, C. J., Asch. R., Geffert, J. L., Wabnitz, C. C. C., Sumaila, U. R., Hanich, Q., Ota, Y., 2017, A rapid assessment of co-benefits and trade-offs among Sustainable Development Goals, Marine Policy,, link

Kenny, T.A., Wesche, S.D., Fillion, M., MacLean, J., Chan, H.M. 2018. Supporting Inuit food security: A synthesis of initiatives in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Northwest Territories. Canadian Food Studies 5(2): Focus on Indigenous Food, link

Kenny, T.A., Hu, X.F., Jamieson, J.A., Kuhnlein, H.V., Wesche, S.D. and Chan, H.M., 2019. Potential impact of restricted caribou (Rangifer tarandus) consumption on anemia prevalence among Inuit adults in northern Canada. BMC Nutrition, 5(1), p.30 link

Marushka, L., Kenny, T.A., Batal, M., Cheung, W.W., Fediuk, K., Golden, C.D., Salomon, A.K., Sadik, T., Weatherdon, L.V. and Chan, H.M., 2019. Potential impacts of climate-related decline of seafood harvest on nutritional status of coastal First Nations in British Columbia, Canada. PloS one, 14(2), p.e0211473 link

Nereus Fellow Tiff-Annie Kenny recently published an article in The Conversation, ‘Time and money – the biggest hurdles to healthy eating’. In the article, Tiff-Annie discusses how diet quality and health are socially stratified in developed countries.

October 13, 2018 | Social Responsibility

Nereus PI Laurie Chan and Senior Fellow Tiff-Annie Kenny attended the International Society of Exposure Science and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference (ISES-ISEE 2018) in Ottawa, Canada on August 26th-30th. The conference’s focus was on environmental health concerns, and included how scientific and local knowledge combine to assess the impact of contaminated fish consumption on First Nations’ health and well-being in Canada.

September 13, 2018 | FisheriesIndigenous

Past Event

11 December 2017 - 15 December 2017

From December 11 to 15, Nereus Program Fellow Tiff-Annie Kenny will be attending the 2017 Arctic Network Meeting in Québec City, where 1500 leading Arctic researchers, graduate students, Northern community representatives, government and industry partners and stakeholders will convene to discuss global challenges and opportunities arising from climate change and modernization in the circum-Arctic.
Past Event

29 April 2017 - 30 April 2017

Nereus Fellow Tiff-Annie Kenny, University of Ottawa, will be attending the Inaugural Planetary Health/GeoHealth Meeting at Harvard University on April 29-30.
Past Event

24 September 2017 - 27 September 2017

Nereus Program Fellow Tiff-Annie Kenny (University of Ottawa) will be attending the International Symposium on Food Security and Nutrition in a Changing Climate

Nereus research fellow Tiff-Annie Kenny (University of Ottawa) is lead author on a recently published article in the journal BMC Nutrition – ‘Potential impact of restricted caribou (Rangifer tarandus) consumption on anemia prevalence among Inuit adults in northern Canada’.

September 24, 2017 | Indigenous

School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) master’s student Sallie Lau (University of Washington) wrote a blog about her experience at the recent Nippon Foundation Nereus Science Conference. Both English and Chinese versions are posted here.