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 Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences | MBES Students | Jenny Kemper

Jenny Kemper

Research Interest:
Broadly, I am interested in molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and developmental biology.  I am currently working on a project that involves the phylogenetics of Holocephalan fishes to supplement the Tree of Life project aimed at chondrichthyan fishes.  I will be using next generation sequencing methods to capture and sequence approximately 1,200 nuclear genes for phylogenetic analysis to reconstruct the evolutionary relationships among these fishes.  For my dissertation, I will be investigating the molecular basis of sex determination among chondrichthyans.  The primary goal of this project is to determine the primary sex determination mechanism and explore the genes involved in sex determination and gonad differentiation among chondrichthyans.

Publications, Presentations, Posters & Meetings Attend:
Kemper J. M., D.A. Ebert, L.J.V. Compagno and D.A. Didier 2010. Chimaera notafricana sp. nov. (Chondrichthyes:  Chimaeriformes:  Chimaeridae), a new species of chimaera from southern Africa.  Zootaxa 2532: 55-63.

Kemper J.M., D.A. Ebert, D.A. Didier and L.J.V. Compagno.  2010. Description of a new species of chimaerid, Chimaera bahamaensis, from the Bahamas (Holocephali:  Chimaeridae).  Bulletin of Marine Science 86(3): 649-659.

Didier, D.A., J.M. Kemper, and D.A. Ebert. 2012. Phylogeny, biology, and classification of extant Holocephali. In: Carrier, J.C., Musick, J.A., and Heithaus M.R. (eds) Biology of Sharks and their Relatives 2nd edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Chimaera sp. nov., a new species of chimaerid from southern Africa (Chondrichthyes:  Chimaeriformes:  Chimaeridae).  American Elasmobranch Society Meeting, July 2009. Oral presentation. Kemper J.M., D.A. Ebert, L.J.V. Compagno and D.A. Didier.

Chondrichthyan Systematics and Sex Determination. Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Program Open House. July 2013. Poster presentation. Kemper J.M. and G.J.P. Naylor.

Honors and Awards:
Dr. Earl H. Myers and Ethel M. Myers Oceanographic and Marine Biology Trust, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 2010

Signe Memorial Scholarship, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 2011

David and Lucile Packard Research and Travel Award, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 2012

Abby Goodson

Jenny Kemper

Mentor: Dr. Gavin Naylor

MS, California State University 2012
BS, Florida State University 2007

Year Matriculated: 2012