Professor Kenneth M. Halanych

Alumni Professor

Schneller Chair


Ph.D. 1994 University of Texas

B.S. 1988 Wake Forest University

Research Interests:

Origins and relationships of major metazoan lineages, Antarctic phylogeography, molecular systematics and phylogenomics, marine invertebrate evolution, chemosynthetic fauna


(344) 844-3222

Recent Awards
2012 Stewart W. Schneller Endowed Chair in COSAM
2009 College of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Researcher Award
2009 "Highly-accessed" designation of Bleidorn et al., BMC Evolutionary Biology paper.

2008 “Editor’s choice” designation of Thornhill et al., Biological Bulletin paper.

2007 “Highly-accessed” designation of Struck et al., BMC Evolutionary Biology paper.

2006 Auburn University Alumni Professor
2006 College of Math and Science Best Advisor Award
Representative Publications
Kocot, K.M., J.T. Cannon, C. Todt, M.R. Citarella, A.B. Kohn, A Meyer, S.R. Santos, C. Schander, L. L. Moroz, B. Leib, and K.M. Halanych. 2011. Phylogenomics reveals deep molluscan relationships. Nature 477:452-456.
Thornhill, D. J., A. R. Mahon, J. L. Norenburg, and K. M. Halanych. 2008. Open-ocean barriers to dispersal: a test case with the Antarctic Polar Front and the ribbon worm Parborlasia corrugatus (Lineidae: Nemertea). Molecular Ecology. 17: 5104-5177.
Vallès, Y., K. M. Halanych, and J. L. Boore. 2008. Group II introns break new boundaries: Presence in an animal genome. Plos One 3: e1488 (6 pages).
Struck, T.H., N. Schult, T. Kusen, E. Hickman, C. Bleidorn, D. McHugh, and K.M. Halanych. 2007. Annelid phylogeny and origins of Sipuncula and Echiura. BioMed Central: Evol. Biol. 7: 57 (11 pages).
Passamaneck, Y., and K. M. Halanych. 2006. Lophotrochozoan phylogeny assessed with LSU and SSU data: Evidence of Lophophorate Polyphyly. Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution. 40 : 20-28.
Jennings, R. M. and K. M. Halanych. 2005. Mitchondrial genomes of Clymenella torquata (Maldanidae) and Riftia pachyptila (Siboglinidae): Evidence for conserved gene order in Annelida. Molecular Biology and Evolution 22 : 210-222.
Halanych, K. M. 2004 . The new view of animal phylogeny. Annual Reviews of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 35 : 229-256.
Passamaneck, Y. J., and K. M. Halanych. 2004 . Evidence from Hox genes that bryozoans are lophotrochozoans. Evolution and Development. 6 :275-281.

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