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Kimberly Kanapeckas

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.460.9874


Ph.D., Genetics, 2015, Clemson University
M.S., Zoology, 2011, University of Pretoria - South Africa

Research Interests

  • Population genetics, molecular ecology, and evolution
  • Genomic adaptation to abiotic stress in vertebrates
  • Aviation as a tool for natural resources conservation management

Current research projects

  • Population genetics of various fishes (currently underway: Scamp grouper, black seabass)
  • Applications of environmental DNA (eDNA) to conservation and management
  • Non-lethal molecular technologies for age and sex determination, stock enhancement


  • Kanapeckas KL and A Lawton-Rauh. Challenges and Prospects of Disentangling Contemporary Divergence: Adaptive Evolution during De-domestication. In Review.
  • Kanapeckas KL, T Tseng, C Vigueira, A Ortiz, W Bridges, N Burgos, A Fischer, A Lawton-Rauh. Endoferal de-domestication of rice directly to weedy rice involves both crop mimicry and weedy traits. In Review.
  • Kanapeckas KL, E McMacken, K Lay, S Barfield, K Butler, N Burgos, A Fischer, A Lawton-Rauh. De-domestication at the RED COLOR (Rc) locus in an independently derived endoferal weedy rice population. In Review.
  • Kanapeckas KL, C Vigueira, A Ortiz, N Burgos, A Fischer, A Lawton-Rauh, 2016. Escape to ferality: The endoferal origin of weedy rice from crop rice through de-domestication. PLoS One 11(9):e0162676.
  • Smitz N, D Cornélis, P Chardonnet, A Caron, M de Garine-Wichatitsky, F Jori, A Mouton, A Latinne, L Pigneur, M Melletti, KL Kanapeckas, J Marescaux, C Pereira, J Michaux, 2014. Genetic structure of fragmented southern populations of African Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer). BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:203.
  • Kanapeckas KL, E Cameron et al., 2009. Factors associated with hemoparasite prevalence in African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in South Africa. Proc. Int. Vet. Epidemiol. Econ. ISVEE IX.