- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Zoology, University of Glasgow
- DIC, Diploma of Imperial College, Imperial College
- Graduate Education
- M.S. Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity, Imperial College/Natural History Museum
- Ph.D. St. Louis University
Dr. Kevin Conway is a Systematic Ichthyologist with interests in the taxonomy, phylogenetic relationships and anatomy of freshwater and marine fishes. He is experienced in both morphological and molecular laboratory techniques. Dr. Conway is Curator of Fishes at the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections and mentors both undergraduate and graduate students in aspects of general Zoology, Ichthyology, vertebrate anatomy, and basic ecology.
Research Interests and Specializations
Research inquiry includes species discovery and identification, taxonomic revisions, descriptive anatomy, evolutionary relationships, biogeography and phylogeography, and conservation genetics. Taxonomic interests focus on both freshwater (US, South America, South and Southeast Asia) and intertidal marine fishes (globally).
Systematic Ichthyology Laboratory
The central goal of the TAMU Systematic Ichthyology Laboratory is to document the taxonomic, anatomical, ontogenetic, and genetic diversity of teleost fishes. The morphological diversity of teleosts is unparalleled by any other group of vertebrates. We investigate this diversity not only to further our understanding of vertebrate anatomy in general but also to discover novel characters to advance our understanding of the phylogenetic relationships of select groups of teleost fishes. Our investigations frequently lead to the discovery of previously unrecognized taxonomic diversity and one of the broader aims of the TAMU Systematic Ichthyology Laboratory is to document this diversity through the description of new species.
Conway, K.W., K. Kubicek & R. Britz. (2021). Extreme evolutionary shifts in developmental timing establish the miniature Danionella as a novel model in the neurosciences. Developmental Dynamics, 250: 601-611.
Conway, K.W., C.D. King, A. P. Summers, D. Kim, P.A. Hastings, G.I. Moore, S.P. Iglésias, M.V. Erdmann, C.C. Baldwin, G. Short, K. Fujiwara, T. Trnski, G. Voelker & L. Rüber. (2020). Molecular phylogenetics of the clingfishes (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) – implications for classification. Copeia, 108(4): 886–906.
Conway, K.W., G.I. Moore & A.P. Summers. (2019). A new genus and two new species of miniature clingfishes from temperate southern Australia (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae). ZooKeys, 864: 35–65.
46. Lujan, N.K. & K.W. Conway. (2015). Life in the fast lane: a review of rheophily in fishes. In: R. Riesch, M. Tobler & M. Plath (eds). Extremophile Fishes – Ecology and Evolution of Teleosts in Extreme Environments. Springer. Pp: 107-136, 297-307(appendix).
Conway, K.W., C.C. Baldwin & M.D. White. (2014). Cryptic diversity and venom glands in the western Atlantic clingfishes of the genus Acyrtus (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae). PLoS ONE, 9: e97664.