Keenan earned his BSc in 2018 from the University of Alberta, where he worked with Dr. Sally Leys investigating the ecology of glass sponge reefs in Hecate Strait, British Columbia. During his bachelor's, he published on juvenile sponge settlement and epifaunal invertebrate communities, and was on the research team that described the new demosponge species Desmacella hyalina. He is currently working with collaborators at the University of Alberta to describe nutrient flux and benthic-pelagic coupling processes at the Hecate Strait glass sponge reefs. At MLML, Keenan investigates the role of rhythmic contraction behaviours in the marine demosponges Tethya californiana and Hymeniacidon perlevis. He uses time-lapse photography, physiological instrumentation, and microscopy to improve our understanding of sponge coordination, behaviour, and resilience. In his free time, Keenan enjoys brewing (and drinking!) coffee, film photography, writing, design, and just about anything that gets him outside, including SCUBA diving, surfing, hiking, and camping.