I am a professor in Boston College’s Department of Biology splitting my time between research and teaching in the fields of evolutionary biology, physiology, and biomechanics of vertebrates.

My research focuses on fishes and, in particular the physical and physiological factors that contribute to diversity in feeding and swimming, the molecular basis of phenotypic novelty, and what contributes to diversification in the largest group of vertebrates. I approach this work from a number of angles, including biorotoic and computational modeling, functional morphology, material science, comparative methods, molecular systematics, and taxonomy.


NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Lauder Lab, Harvard University

PhD, University of Washington

BS, Cornell University

Courses Taught

BIOL 3030: Introduction to Physiology [Fall, Spring]
BIOL 5380: Topics in Biomechanics [Spring]
BIOL 4880: Research in Biomechanics [Fall]
BIOL/HIST 15301: Science and Technology in American Culture [Fall ’17]


*Indicates undergraduate coauthor

20. Di Santo, V., Kenaley, C. P., and Lauder, G. V., 2017. High postural costs and anaerobic metabolism during swimming support the hypothesis of a U-shaped metabolism–speed curve in fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p.201715141.

19. Wang, Y., Yang, X., Chen, Y., Wainwright, D. K., Kenaley, C. P., Gong, Z., Liu, Z., Liu, H., Guan, J., Wang, T. and Weaver, J. C., 2017. A biorobotic adhesive disc for underwater hitchhiking inspired by the remora suckerfish. Science Robotics. 2(10), p.eaan8072

18. Di Santo, V. and Kenaley, C. P. 2016. Skating by: low energetic costs of swimming in a batoid fish. Journal of Experimental Biology. 219:1804–1807

17. Henzy, J. E., Gifford, R. J., Kenaley, C. P., and Johnson, W. E. 2016. An intact retroviral gene conserved in spiny-rayed fishes for over 100 My. Molecular Biology and Evolution:msw262

16. Kenaley, C. P. and Lauder, G. V. 2016. A biorobotic model of the suction-feeding system in largemouth bass: the roles of motor program speed and hyoid kinematics. 219(13):2048–2059

15. Kenaley, C. P., DeVaney, S. C., and *Fjeran, T. T. 2014. The complex evolutionary history of seeing red: Molecular phylogeny and the evolution of an adaptive visual system in deep-sea dragonfishes (Stomiiformes: Stomiidae).Evolution. 68(4):996–1013

14. Kenaley, C. P., *Stote, A., and Flammang, B. E. 2014. The morphological basis of labriform swimming in the bathypelagic fish Scopelogadus beanii (Teleostei: Beryciformes). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 461(2014):297–305

13. Pietsch, T. W. and Kenaley, C. P. 2013. A new species of deep-sea ceratioid anglerfish, genus Himantolophus (Lophiiformes: Himantolophidae), from southern waters of all three major oceans of the world. Copeia2011(4):490–496

12. Stevenson, D. E. and Kenaley, C. P. 2013. Revision of the manefish genera Caristius and Platyberyx (Teleostei: Percomorpha: Caristiidae), with descriptions of five new species. Copeia. 2013(3):415–434

11. Zaccone, G., Lauriano, E. R., Silvestri, G., Kenaley, C. P., Icardo, J. M., Pergolizzi, S., Alesci, A., Sengar, M.Kuciel, M., and Gopesh, A. 2013. Comparative neurochemical features of the innervation patterns of the gut of the basal actinopterygian, Lepisosteus oculatus, and the euteleost, Clarias batrachus. Acta Zoologica96:127–139

10. Kenaley, C. P. 2012. Exploring feeding behaviour in deep-sea dragonfishes (Teleostei: Stomiidae): Jaw biomechanics and functional significance of a loosejaw. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 106(1):224–240

9. Stevenson, D. E. and Kenaley, C. P. 2011. Revision of the manefish genus Paracaristius (Teleostei: Percomorpha: Caristiidae), with descriptions of a new genus and three new species. Copeia. 2011(3):385–399

8. Kenaley, C. P. 2010. Comparative innervation of cephalic photophores of the loosejaw dragonfishes (Teleostei: Stomiiformes: Stomiidae): Evidence for parallel evolution of long-wave bioluminescence. Journal of Morphology271(4):418–437

7. Kenaley, C. P. 2009. Revision of Indo-Pacific species of the loosejaw dragonfish genus Photostomias (Teleostei: Stomiidae: Malacosteinae). Copeia. 2009(1):175–189

6. Stevenson, D. E., Kenaley, C. P., and Raring, N. 2009. First records of rare mesopelagic fishes from the Gulf of Alaska. Northwestern Naturalist. 90(1):24–34

5. Hartel, K. E., Kenaley, C. P., Galbraith, J. K., and Sutton, T. T. 2008. Additional records of deep-sea fishes from off greater New England. Northeastern Naturalist. 15(3):317–334

4. Kenaley, C. P. 2008. Diel vertical migration of the loosejaw dragonfishes (Stomiiformes: Stomiidae: Malacosteinae): A new analysis for rare pelagic taxa. Journal of Fish Biology. 73(4):888–901

3. 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. Copeia2007(4):886–900

2. Kenaley, C. P. and Orr, J. W. 2006. Rouleina attrita (Osmeriformes: Alepocephalidae): New records for the eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea. Ichthyological Research. 53(2):200–202

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