Below are publications produced by students, postdocs, and faculty of the lab.  Lab members’ names are written in bold typeface.  Please feel free to email Amanda Kahn for reprints.

Accepted/In Press


Archer, S.K., A.S. Kahn, M. Thiess, L. Law, S.P. Leys, S.C. Johannessen, C.A. Layman, L. Burke, and A. Dunham (2020). Foundation species abundance influences food web topology on glass sponge reefs. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7: 799. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.549478.

Saxena S., Heller P., Kahn A.S., and Aiello I. (2020). Poriferal Vision: classifying benthic sponge spicules to assess historical impacts of marine climate change. In: Helic D, Leitner G, Stettinger M, Felfernig A, Raś ZW (eds) Foundations of Intelligent Systems. Proc International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems. Springer, Cham. Vol 121117:205-213.  doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-59491-6_19.

Law, L.K., H.M. Reiswig, B.S. Ott, N. McDaniel, A.S. Kahn, K.C. Guillas, C. Dinn, and S.P. Leys (2020). Description and distribution of Desmacella hyalina sp. nov. (Porifera, Desmacellidae), a new cryptic demosponge in glass sponge reefs from the western coast of Canada. Marine Biodiversity, 50(4):1-20. doi: 10.1007/s12526-020-01076-6. Preprint, Data

Kahn, A.S., C.W. Pennelly, P.R. McGill, and S.P. Leys (2020).  Behaviors of sessile benthic animals in the abyssal northeast Pacific Ocean.  Submitted to Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 173:104729, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2019.104729. Data


Guillas, K.C., A.S. Kahn, N. Grant, S.K. Archer, A. Dunham, and S.P. Leys (2019).  Settlement of juvenile glass sponges and other invertebrate cryptofauna on the Hecate Strait glass sponge reefs.  Submitted to Invertebrate Biology, 138(4):e12266, doi: 10.1111/ivb.12266.

Leys, S.P., J.L. Mah, P.R. McGill, L. Hamonic, and A.S. Kahn (2019).  Sponge behavior and the chemical basis of responses: a post-genomic view.  Integrative and Comparative Biology, icz122, doi: 10.1093/icb/icz122. Supplementary file

Grant, N., E. Matveev, A.S. Kahn, S.K. Archer, A. Dunham, R. Bannister, D. Eerkes-Medrano, and S.P. Leys (2019).  Effect of suspended sediments on the pumping rates of three species of glass sponge in situMarine Ecology Progress Series, 615:79-101. Data


Leys, S.P., and A.S. Kahn (2018).  Oxygen and the energetic requirements of the first multicellular animals.  Integrative and Comparative Biology, icy051. doi: 10.1093/icb/icy051.

Grant, N., E. Matveev, A.S. Kahn, and S.P. Leys (2018).  Suspended sediment causes feeding current arrests in situ in the glass sponge Aphrocallistes vastusMarine Environmental Research, 137:111-120. doi: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.02.020. Data

Archer, S.K., A.S. Kahn, T. Norgard, F. Girard, C. Du Preez, and A. Dunham (2018).  Pyrosome consumption by benthic organisms during blooms in the NE Pacific and Gulf of Mexico.  Ecology, 99(4):981-984, doi: 10.1002/ecy.2097.

Kahn, A.S., and J.B. Geller (2018).  Partial mitochondrial genome sequences of two abyssal sponges (Porifera, Hexactinellida): Bathydorus laniger and Docosaccus maculatusGenome Announcements 6e:00234-18, doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00234-18.

Kahn, A. S., J.W.F. Chu, and S.P. Leys (2018). Trophic ecology of glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia. Scientific Reports 8:756, doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-19107-x. Data


Leys, S.P., A.S. Kahn, J.K.H. Fang, T. Kutti, and R. Bannister (2017).  Phagocytosis of microbial symbionts balances the carbon and nitrogen budget for the deep-water boreal sponge Geodia barrettiLimnology and Oceanography, 63: 187-202, doi:10.1002/lno.10623. Data

Kahn, A.S., and S.P. Leys (2017).  Spicule and flagellated chamber formation in a growth zone of Aphrocallistes vastus (Porifera, Hexactinellida).  Invertebrate Biology, 136(1): 22-30.


Kahn, A.S., and S.P. Leys (2016).  The role of cell replacement in benthic-pelagic coupling by suspension feeders.  Royal Society Open Science 3(11), 160484, doi: 10.1098/rsos.160484. Data

Kahn, A.S., L. Vehring, R.R. Brown, and S.P. Leys (2016).  Dynamic change, recruitment, and resilience in reef-forming glass sponges.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 96(2):429-436.


Kahn, A.S., G. Yahel, V. Tunnicliffe, and S.P. Leys (2015).  Benthic grazing by deep-water glass sponge reefs.  Limnology and Oceanography, 60(1):78-88.


Kahn, A.S., J.B. Geller, H.M. Reiswig, and K. L. Smith, Jr. (2013).  Bathydorus laniger and Docosaccus maculatus (Lyssacinosida; Hexactinellida): Two new species of glass sponges from the abyssal eastern North Pacific Ocean.  Zootaxa, 3646:386-400.


Kahn, A.S., H.A. Ruhl, and K.L. Smith, Jr. (2012).  Temporal changes in plate sponge populations in the abyssal northeast Pacific.  Deep-Sea Research Part I, 70:36-41.


Kahn, A.S., G.I. Matsumoto, Y.M. Hirano, and A.G. Collins (2010).  Haliclystus californiensis, a “new” species of stauromedusa (Cnidaria: Staurozoa) from the northeast Pacific, with a key to the species of HaliclystusZootaxa, 2518:49-59.


Patty, C., B. Barnett, B. Mooney, A. Kahn, S. Levy, Y. Liu, P. Pianetta, and J. Andrews (2009).  Using X-ray microscopy and Hg L3 XANES to study Hg binding in the rhizosphere of Spartina cordgrass.  Environmental Science and Technology, 43(19):7397-7402.