Kenkel Lab Member // *undergraduate researcher


Equity & Inclusion:

Fulweiler W, Davies S, Biddle J, Burgin A, Cooperdock E, Hanley T, Kenkel CD, Marcarelli A, Matassa C, Santiago-Vasquez L, Traylor-Knowles N, Ziegler M (2021) Rebuilding the Academy: Strategies for supporting academic mothers during the COVID-19 global pandemic and beyond. PLoS Biology, 19(3): e3001100  Link  Press


Hardy MC, Desselle MR, and the 2016 Catch a Rising Star Consortium (2017) Engaging rural Australian communities in National Science Week helps increase visibility for women researchers. Royal Society Open Science, 4(10):170548.



Zhang Y, Barnes S*, Kenkel CD (2022) Cross-generational heritability analysis of physiological traits in Porites astreoides across an inshore-offshore gradient in the Lower Florida Keys. Coral Reefs 41, 1681-1692. 


Ruggeri M, Zhang Y, Aglyamova GV, Kenkel CD (2023) Divergent transcriptional response to thermal stress among life stages could constrain coral adaptation to climate change. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10: 1163552. 


Muller EM, Dungan A, Million WC, Eaton K, Petrik C, Bartels E, Hall ER, Kenkel CD (2021) Heritable variation and lack of trade-offs suggest adaptive capacity in Acropora cervicornis despite negative synergism under climate change scenarios. Proc R Soc B, 288: 20210923. PDF


Zhang Y, Million WC, Ruggeri M, Kenkel CD (2019) Family matters: Variation in the physiology of brooded Porites astreoides larvae is driven by parent colony effects. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 238: 110562. PDF


Wright RM, Mera H, Kenkel CD, Nayfa M, Bay LK, Matz MV (2019) Positive genetic associations among fitness traits support evolvability of a reef-building coral under multiple stressors. Global Change Biology. PDF


Kenkel CD, *Setta SP, Matz MV (2015) Heritable differences in fitness-related traits among populations of the mustard hill coral, Porites astreoides. Heredity, 115: 509-516. PDF


Kenkel CD, *Traylor MR, Wiedenmann J, Salih A, Matz MV (2011) Fluorescence of coral larvae predicts their settlement response to crustose coralline algae and reflects stress. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278: 2691-2697. PDF Press



Kenkel CD, Bay LK (2017) Novel transcriptome resources for three scleractinian coral species from the Indo-Pacific. GigaScience, 6(9): 1-4. Link


Davies SW, Strader ME, Kool JT, Kenkel CD, Matz MV (2017) Modeled differences of coral life-history traits influence the refugium potential of a remote Caribbean reef. Coral Reefs. PDF


Davies SW, Treml EA, Kenkel CD, Matz MV (2014) Exploring the role of Micronesian islands in the maintenance of coral genetic diversity in the Pacific Ocean. Molecular Ecology, 24: 70-82. PDF


Local Adaptation

Cunning R, Parker KE, Johnson-Sapp K, Karp RF, Wen AD, Williamson OM, Bartels E, D’Alessandro M, Gilliam DS, Hanson G, Levy J, Lirman D, Maxwell K, Million WC, Moulding AL, Moura A, Muller EM, Nedimyer K, Reckenbeil B, van Hooidonk R, Dahlgren C, Kenkel CD, Parkinson JE, Baker AC (2021) Census of heat tolerance among Florida’s threatened staghorn corals finds resilient individuals throughout existing nursery populations. Proc R Soc B, 288: 20211613. PDF


Marhoefer SR, Zenger KR, Strugnell JM, Logan M, van Oppen MJH, Kenkel CD, Bay LK (2021) Signatures of adaptation and acclimatization to reef flat and slope habitats in the coral Pocillopora damicornis. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10.3389/fmars.2021.704709. Link


Nielsen JJV*, Kenkel CD, Bourne DG, Despringhere L, Mocellin VJL, Bay LK (2020) Physiological effects of heat and cold exposure in the common reef coral Acropora millepora. Coral Reefs, 39: 259-269 PDF 


Kenkel CD, Moya A, Strahl, J, Humphrey C, Bay LK (2018) Functional genomic analysis of corals from natural CO2-seeps reveals core molecular responses involved in acclimatization to ocean acidification. Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.13833. PDF


Kenkel CD, *Almanza AT, Matz MV (2015) Fine-scale environmental specialization of reef building corals might be limiting reef recovery in the Florida Keys. Ecology, 96: 3197-3212. PDF Press


Kenkel CD, Goodbody-Gringley G, Caillaud D, Davies S, Bartels E, Matz M (2013) Evidence for a host role in thermotolerance divergence between populations of the mustard hill coral (Porites astreoides) from different reef environments. Molecular Ecology, 22: 4335-4348. PDF Press


Kenkel CD, Meyer E, Matz MV (2013) Gene expression under chronic heat stress in populations of the mustard hill coral (Porites astreoides) from different thermal environments. Molecular Ecology, 22: 4322-4334. PDF



Million WC, O’Donnell S*, Bartels E, Conn, T, Krediet CJ, Kenkel CD (2022) Evidence for adaptive morphological plasticity in the Caribbean coral, Acropora cervicornis. PNAS, 119(49): e2203925119.


Rocker MM, Kenkel CD, Francis DS, Fabricius KE, Willis BL, Bay LK (2019) Plasticity in gene expression and fatty acid profiles of Acropora tenuis reciprocally transplanted between two water quality regimes in the central Great Barrier Reef, Australia. JEMBE, 511: 40-53. PDF


Kenkel CD, Matz MV (2016) Gene expression plasticity as a mechanism of coral adaptation to a variable environment. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1: 0014. PDF Press


Reviews & Synthesis

Davies SW, Gamache MH, Howe-Kerr LI, Kriefall NG, Baker AC, Banaszak AT, et al. (2023) Building consensus around the assessment and interpretation of Symbiodiniaceae diversity. PeerJ 11:e15023.


Kenkel CD & Wright RM (2022) Can gene expression studies inform coral reef conservation and restoration? In: van Oppen MJH, Aranda Lastra M (eds) Coral Reef Conservation and Restoration in the Omics Age. Coral Reefs of the World, vol 15. Springer, Cham. pp 151-166.


Vega Thurber R, Schmeltzer ER, Grottoli AG, McLachlan RH, vanWoesik R, Toonen R, Warner ME, Dobson KL, Barott KL, Barshis DJ, Baumann JH, Chapron L, Combosch DJ, Correa AMS, DeCarlo TM, Hagedorn M, Hedouin L, Hoadley KD, Felis T, Ferrier-Pages C, Kenkel CD, Kuffner IB, Matthews JL, Medina M, Meyer CP, Oster C, Price JT, Putnam HM, Sawall Y (2022) Unified methods in collecting, preserving, and archiving coral bleaching specimens to increase sample utility and interdisciplinary collaboration. PeerJ 10:e14176.


Grottoli A, Toonen R, van Woesik R, Vega Thurber R, Warner M, McLachlan R, Price J, Baums I, Castillo K, Coffroth MA, Cunning R, Dobson K, Donahue M, Hench J, Iglesias-Prieto R, Kemp D, Kenkel CD, Kline D, Kuffner I, Matthews J, Mayfield A, Padilla-Gamino J, Palumbi S, Voolstra C, Weis V, Wu H (2021) Increasing comparability among coral bleaching experiments. Ecological Applications. Link


Louis YD, Bhagooli R, Kenkel CD, Baker AC, Dyall SD (2016) Gene expression biomarkers of heat stress in scleractinian corals: Promises and limitations. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology, 191: 63-77. PDF



Aguirre EG, Carlson HK*, Kenkel CD (2023) Complete genome of Roseibium sp. Strain Sym1, a bacterial associate of Symbiodinium linucheae, the microalgal symbiont of the anemone, Aiptasia. ASM Microbiology Resource Announcements, 12(3): e01118-22.


Elder H, Million WC, Bartels E, Krediet CJ, Muller EM, Kenkel CD (2023) Long-term maintenance of a heterologous symbiont association in Acropora palmata on natural reefs. The ISME Journal, 17: 486-489.


Aguirre EG, Million WC, Bartels E, Krediet CJ, Kenkel CD (2022) Host-specific epibiomes of distinct Acropora cervicornis genotypes persist after field transplantation. Coral Reefs, 41: 265-276. PDF


Kenkel CD, Mocellin VJL, Bay LK (2020) Global gene expression patterns in reaponse to white patch syndrome: Disentangling symbiont loss from the thermal stress response in reef-building coral. Molecular Ecology, 29: 3907-3920 PDF


Howe-Kerr LI*, Bachelot B, Wright RM, Kenkel CD, Bay LK, Correa AMS (2020) Symbiont community diversity is more variable in corals that respond poorly to stress. Global Change Biology, 26: 2220-2234 PDF


Quigley KM, Willis BL, Kenkel CD (2019) Transgenerational inheritance of shuffled symbiont communities in the coral Montipora digitata. Scientific Reports, 9: 13328 Link


Dixon GB, Kenkel CD (2019) Molecular convergence and positive selection associated with the evolution of symbiont transmission mode in stony corals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. PDF


Ali A, Kriefall NG, Emery LE, Kenkel CD, Matz MV, Davies SW (2019) Recruit symbiosis establishment and Symbiodiniaceae composition influenced by adult corals and reef sediment. Coral Reefs. PDF


Kenkel CD, Bay LK (2018) Exploring mechanisms that affect coral cooperation: symbiont transmission mode, cell density and community composition. PeerJ, 6: e6047. Link


Klepac CN, Beal J, Kenkel CD, Sproles A, Polinski JM, Williams MA, Matz MV, Voss JD (2015) Seasonal stability of coral-Symbiodinium associations in the subtropical coral habitat of St. Lucie Reef, Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 532: 137-151. Link


Quigley KM, Davies SW, Kenkel CD, Willis BL, Matz MV, Bay LK (2014) Deep-sequencing method for quantifying background abundances of Symbiodinium types: exploring the rare Symbiodinium biosphere in reef-building corals. PLoS ONE, 9(4):e94297. Link


Translational Ecology

Kiel PM, Formel N, Jankulak M, Baker AC, Cunning R, Gilliam DS, Kenkel CD, Langdon C, Lirman D, Lustic C, Maxwell K, Moulding A, Moura A, Muller EM, Schopmeyer S, Winters S, Enochs IC (2023) Acropora cervicornis Data Coordination hub, an open-access database for evaluating genet performance. Bulletin of Marine Science, 99(2): 119-136.


Kenkel CD, Smith J, Hubbard K, Chadwick C, Lorenzen N, Tatters A, Caron D (2022) Reduced representation sequencing accurately quantifies relative abundance and reveals population-level variation in Pseudo-nitzschia spp. Harmful Algae, 118: 102314.


Million WC, O’Donnell S*, Bartels E, Kenkel CD (2021) Colony-level 3D photogrammetry reveals that total linear extension and initial growth do not scale with complex morphological growth in the branching coral, Acropora cervicornis. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10.3389/fmars.2021.646475  Link


Parkinson J, Baker AC, Baums IB, Davies SW, Grottoli AG, Kitchen SA, Matz MV, Miller MW, Shantz AA, Kenkel CD (2020) Molecular tools for coral reef restoration: Beyond biomarker discovery. Conservation Letters, 13:e12687 Link


Baums IB, Baker AC, Davies SW, Grottoli AG, Kenkel CD, Kitchen SA, Kuffner IB, LaJeunesse TC, Matz MV, Miller MW, Parkinson JE, Shantz AA (2019) Considerations for maximizing the adaptive potential of restored coral populations in the western Atlantic. Ecological Applications. Link


Wright RM, Kenkel CD, Dunn CE, Shilling EN, Bay LK, Matz MV (2017) Intraspecific differences in molecular stress responses and coral pathobiome contribute to mortality under bacterial challenge in Acropora millepora. Scientific Reports, 7: 2609. Link


Kenkel CD, Sheridan C, Leal MC, Bhagooli R, Castillo KD, Kurata N, McGinty E, Goulet TL, Matz M (2014) Diagnostic gene expression biomarkers of coral thermal stress. Molecular Ecology Resources, 14: 667-678. PDF


Kenkel CD, et al. (2011) Development of gene expression markers of acute heat-light stress in reef-building corals of the genus Porites. PLoS ONE, 6(10):e26914. Link


Kenkel, CD. (2008) Coral disease: baseline surveys in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand.  Phuket Marine Biological Center Research Bulletin, 69:43-53. PDF


Work from Other Systems

Strehlow BW, Pineda MC, Kenkel CD, Laffy P, Duckworth A, Renton M, Clode PL, Webster NS (2021) Novel reference transcriptomes for the sponges Carteriospongia foliascens and Cliona orientalis and associated algal symbiont Gerakladium endoclionum. Coral Reefs, 40: 9-13 PDF


Luter HM, Kenkel CD, Terzin M, Peirce T, Laffy PW, Gibb K, Webster NS (2020) Gene correlation networks reveal the transcriptomic response to elevated nitrogen in a photosynthetic sponge. Molecular Ecology, 29: 1452-1462 PDF


Advani, N, Kenkel CD, Davies SW, Parmesan C, Singer M, Matz MV (2016) Variation in heat shock protein expression at the latitudinal range limits of a wide-ranging species, the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia). Physiological Entomology, 41(3): 241-248. Link


Hufmann LS, O’Connell LA, Kenkel CD, et al. (2012) Distribution of nonapeptide systems in the forebrain of an African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 44: 86-97. PDF


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