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Nalani Schnell

Post Doctoral Research Associate
Email: [[nschnell]]
Phone: (804) 684-7104
Office: Nunnally Hall
Department: Fisheries Science

Research Interests

My primary research interests are the comparative morphology of the skeleton and soft anatomy of teleosts, their phylogeny and evolution. In order to understand the morphology of adult teleosts and their phylogenetic relationships, I consider it critical to include investigations on their developmental stages. I am particularly interested in the adult morphology of meso- and bathy pelagic fishes in conjunction with their ontogeny and with this approach I try to understand how complex structures like e.g. the complete reduction of the anterior vertebrae in the barbeled dragonfishes (Stomiidae) have evolved.


Schnell NK, Bernstein P, Maier W. 2008. The pseudo-craniovertebral articulation of Stomias boa (Stomiidae, Teleostei). Journal of Morphology 269 (5): 513-521.

Schnell NK, Britz R, Johnson GD. 2010. New insights into the complex structure and ontogeny of the occipito-vertebral gap in barbeled dragonfishes (Stomiidae, Teleostei). Journal of Morphology 271: 1006-1022.