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Christopher P. Kenaley

Christopher P. Kenaley

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Lab Tel: 206-616-2485

Fax: 206-685-3275

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D.,  School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle (Dr. Theodore. W. Pietsch, Advisor)

B.Sc., Conservation Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1999

Christopher P. Kenaley


My dissertation focuses on the systematics and evolution of far-red visual systems of deep-sea dragonfishes (family Stomiidae). The goals of this research are to (1) recover the phylogenetic relationships of all 27 currently recognized stomiid genera using morphological and molecular data from mitochondrial and nuclear markers; (2) unravel the molecular basis of spectral tuning in stomiid dragonfishes by analyzing rhodopsin coding genes in these and related taxa; (3) resolve the homology of far-red light-producing cephalic photophores; and (4) in the context of the phylogenetic hypothesis developed in the course of this study, analyze the evolutionary emergence of long-wave light production and spectral tuning in the stomiid subfamily Malacosteinae; and (5) explore the species diversity of understudied taxa within this diverse and understudied family.


Other projects include: (1) a revision of the poorly known manefish family Caristiidae in collaboration with Duane E. Stevenson (NMFS, Alaska Fisheries Science Center), Ralf Britz (British Museum of Natural History), and Karsten Hartel (MCZ, Harvard University); (2) a taxonomic revision of the bathypelagic dragonfish genus Rhadinesthes Regan & Trewavas; (3) with Dr. Ted Pietsch, development of Lophiiform branches for the Tree of Life project; and (4) descriptions of stomiiform photophore innervation and trigeminal neuroanatomy, assisted by Benjamin Frable, a UW undergraduate.


Kenaley,C. P. and A. N. Hamilton, 2005. Subfamily Bathylaginae (Deep-sea smelts), pp 125–150. In: W. J. Richards (ed.). Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes: An Identification Guide for the Western Central North Atlantic.  Vol. 1. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Kenaley,C. P. and K. E. Hartel. 2005 A revision of Atlantic species of Photostomias (Teleostei: Stomiidae: Malacosteinae), with a description of a new species. Ichthyological Research 52(3): 251–263.

Kenaley, C. P. and J. W. Orr. 2006.  Rouleina attrita (Teleostei: Osmeriformes: Alepocephalidae): new records for the eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea. Ichthyological Research 53(2):200–2002.

Kenaley, C. P., 2007. Revision of the stoplight loosejaw genus Malacosteus (Teleostei: Stomiidae: Malacosteinae), with description of a new species from the temperate southern hemisphere and Indian Ocean. Copeia, 2007(4):886–900

Kenaley, C. P. and M. F. Gomon. In Press.  Family Stomiidae. In: M. F. Gomon, D. Bray, and R. H. Kuiter (eds.). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast, Revised Edition., New Holland Press, Australia. 33 ms. pp.

Hartel, K. E., C. P. Kenaley, J. K. Galbraith, and T. T. Sutton. In Review. Additional records of deep-sea fishes from off greater New England.  Northeastern Naturalist. 28 ms. pp., 14 figs,1 table.

Kenaley, C. P. In Review. Revision of the Indo-Pacific species of the loosejaw genus Photostomias Collette (Teleostei: Stomiidae: Malacosteinae) with descriptions of three new species and comment on the Atlantic species.Copeia, 37 ms. pp. 6 figs., 2 tables.

Kenaley, C. P. and K. E. Hartel. Bathylagidae. Submitted. In: K.E. Carpenter (ed.). FAO species identification guide for fisheries purposes. The living marine resources of the eastern central Atlantic. FAO, Rome, Italy. 4 ms. pp.

Kenaley, C. P. Submitted.  Diel vertical migration of loosejaw dragonfishes (Stomiiformes: Stomiidae: Malacosteinae): a new analysis for rare pelagic taxa. Fish Biology, 27 ms. pp., 4 figs., 2 tables.

Kenaley, C. P., In Prep. Revision of the bathypelagic snaggletooth dragonfish genus Rhadinesthes Regan & Trewavas (Stomiiformes: Stomiidae: Astronesthinae) with a description of two new species. 22 pp., 4 fig., 1 table.