Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Cheryl Ames

Research Collaborator
Department / Division
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences Graduate Program, BEES Concentration, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • B.A. French Literature University of Ottawa, CANADA 
  • M.S. Marine Biology University of the Ryukyus, JAPAN
  • B.S. Biology Queen’s University, CANADA 

Deep-Sea Research Assistant (2007 – 2014)

Cnidarian Tree of Life Project, Japan 2006

Research Interests

Box Jellyfish systematics, reproduction, and molecular underpinnings of the stinging “cells” (i.e., nematocysts)


Lewis Ames C, Bentlage B, Yanagihara A, Gillan W, Van Blerk J, Keil D, Bely A E, Collins A G (2013) Redescription of Alatina alata (Reynaud 1830) (Cnidaria: Cubozoa) from Bonaire, Dutch Carribean. Zootaxa 3737(4):473–487. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3737.4.8

Bentlage B & Lewis C (2012) An illustrated key and synopsis of the families and genera of carybdeid box jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Cubozoa: Carybdeida), with emphasis on the “Irukandji family” (Carukiidae). Journal of Natural History. 46:41-42, 2595-2620.

Lewis, Cheryl, Migita, Masao, Hashimoto, Hiroshi and Collins, Allen G. 2012. On the occurrence of freshwater jellyfish in Japan 1928–2011: eighty-three years of records of mamizu kurage (Limnomedusae, Olindiidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 125(2): 165-179. doi:10.2988/11-31.1

Ross SW, Demopoulos AWJ, Kellogg CA, Morrison CL, Nizinski MS, Ames CL, et al. (2012) Deepwater Program: Studies of Gulf of Mexico Lower Continental Slope Communities Related to Chemosynthetic and Hard Substrate Habitats. U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 2012–1032.

Bentlage, B., Cartwright, P., Yanagihara, A. A., Lewis, C. Richards, G.A, Collins, A.G. 2009. Evolution of box jellyfish (Cnidaria: Cubozoa), a group of highly toxic invertebrates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 277:493-501. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.1707

Lewis, C. & Bentlage, B. 2009 Clarifying the identity of the Japanese Habu-kurage, Chironex yamaguchii, sp. nov. (Cnidaria: Cubozoa: Chirodropida). Zootaxa, 2030, 59-65.

Lewis, C., Kubota, S., Migotto, A. E. & Collins, A. G. 2008 Sexually dimorphic cubomedusa Carybdea sivickisi (Cnidaria: Cubozoa) in Seto, Wakayama, Japan. Publications of the Seto Marine Biological Laboratory 40(5/6):1-8.

Lewis, C. & Long, T.A.F., 2005. Courtship and reproduction in Carybdea sivickisi (Cnidaria: Cubozoa). Marine Biology, 147(2):477-483.