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Kerri Lynn Ackerly

I am interested in the relationships between swimming and feeding performance in weakly electric fishes. My current work focuses on the trade-offs between swim performance and active sensing in weakly electric fishes when dissolved oxygen concentrations become limited. I am also exploring the relationship between body shape and swimming performance among closely related, morphologically distinct species of African mormyrids. I am also currently studying the feeding kinematics of numerous species of South American and African weakly electric fishes.

Email: kerri.l.ackerly@hofstra.edu  

Website: kerrilynnackerly.weebly.com

I am studying the feeding kinematics among African elephantnose fishes.

Email: ffg4@cornell.edu

Leah Andren

I am studying the feeding kinematics of black ghost knifefish (Apteronotus albifrons).



My lab is interested in the evolution and functional morphology of vertebrates. We are investigating how new behaviors and functions evolve. In my laboratory we use swimming and feeding in fishes to address fundamental questions such as how do changes in anatomy or function affect performance? For more information regarding my research please feel free to contact me.


Francesca Giammona


Publications (since 2000)

-Sanford, C. P. J. 2000. Salmonoid fish osteology and phylogeny (Teleostei: Salmonoidei). Theses                    Zoologicae. 264 pp. Koeltz Scientific Books

-Sanford, C. P. J. 2001. The novel tongue-bite apparatus in the Notopteridae (Teleostei:                                  Osteoglossomorpha): do kinematic patterns vary within a clade? Zoological Journal of the Linnean                Society 132: 259-275

-Sanford, C. P. J.  2001.  Kinematic analysis of a novel feeding mechanism in the brook trout, Salvelinus            fontinalis: behavioral modulation of a functional novelty. Journal of Experimental Biology 204: 3905-            3916.

-Sanford, C. P. J. and P. C. Wainwright. 2002. Use of sonomicrometry demonstrates the link between                kinematics and pressure during suction feeding in largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides. Journal of            Experimental Biology. 205: 3445-3457.

-Nauwelaerts, S., C. Wilga, C. P. J. Sanford and G. V. Lauder. 2006. Hydrodynamics of prey capture in          sharks: effects of substrate. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 4: 341-345.

-Wilga, C., P. J. Motta, and C. P. Sanford. 2007. Evolution and Ecology of Feeding in Elasmobranchs.            Integrative and Comparative Biology. 47: 55-69.

-Ajemian, M. and C. P. J. Sanford. 2007. Prey-capture kinematics in the deep-water chain catshark                  Scyliorhinus retifer. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK. 87: 1277-1286.

-Konow, N. and C. P. Sanford. 2008. Is a convergently derived muscle-activity pattern driving a novel              feeding behavior in teleost fishes? Journal of Experimental Biology. 211: 989-999.

-Nauwelaerts, S., C. Wilga, G. V. Lauder, and C. P. J. Sanford. 2008. Fluid dynamics of feeding behaviour      in white-spotted bamboo sharks. Journal of Experimental Biology. 211: 3095-3102.

-Wilga, C.  and C. P. J. Sanford. 2008. Suction generation in white-spotted bamboo sharks Chiloscyllium          plagiosum. Journal of Experimental Biology. 211: 3128-3138.

-Konow N., Camp A.L. and C. P. J. Sanford. 2008. Congruence between muscle activity and kinematics in      a convergently derived prey-processing behavior. Integrative and Comparative Biology 48(2):246-260.

-Konow, N. and C. P. Sanford. 2008. Biomechanics of a convergently derived prey-processing mechanism        in fishes: evidence from comparative tongue-bite apparatus morphology and raking kinematics. Journal of      Experimental Biology. 211: 3378-3391.

-Camp, A. L., N. Konow, and C. P. J. Sanford. 2009. Functional morphology and biomechanics of the m          tongue-bite apparatus in Chitala ornata (Notopteridae) and Salvelinus fontinalis (Salmonidae). Journal of        Anatomy. 214: 717-728.

-Gintof, C., N. Konow, C. F. Ross, and C.P.J. Sanford. 2010. Rhythmic chewing with oral jaws in teleost          fishes: a comparison with amniotes. Journal of Experimental Biology 213, 1868-1875. 

-N. Konow, A. Herrel, S. Williams, R. German, C. Sanford, and C. Gintof. 2011. Evolution of Muscle            Activity Patterns Driving Motions of the Jaw and Hyoid during Chewing in Gnathostomes. Integrative and      Comparative Biology 51(2), 235-246.

-Konow, N., B. Krijestorac, C.P.J. Sanford, A. Herrel, and R. Boistel. 2012. A novel food processing                behaviour in the Siamese fighting fish, Betta splendens. Journal of Comparative Physiology. A. 199(7):        641-651.

-Jagnandan, K. and C.P.J. Sanford. 2013. Kinematics of ribbon-fin locomotion in the bowfin, Amia calva.          Journal of Experimental Zoology. A. 319(10): 569-583. Cover article.

Ackerly, K. A., R. Krahe, C. Sanford, and L. Chapman. (2018). Effects of hypoxia on swimming and sensing in a weakly electric fish. Journal of Experimental Biology. 221 doi: 10.1242/jeb.172130