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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


  • Silknetter S, Y Kanno, KL Kanapeckas, E Cushman, T Darden, and B Peoples. 2018. Mutualism or parasitism: partner abundance affects host fitness in a fish reproductive symbiosis. Submitted to Oecologia.
  • Kanapeckas KL, Tseng T, Vigueira C, Ortiz A, Bridges W, Burgos N, Fischer A, Lawton-Rauh A. 2018. Contrasting patterns of variation in weedy traits and unique crop features in divergent populations of US weedy rice (Oryza sativa sp.) in Arkansas and California. Pest Management Science.
  • Kanapeckas KL and A Lawton-Rauh. Challenges and Prospects of Disentangling Contemporary Divergence: Adaptive Evolution during De-domestication. 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.