Kristin Hardy

Professor Hardy

Kristin M. Hardy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phone: 756-2806
Fax: 756-1419
Office: 33-264
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Hardy Lab website


B.S., Tulane University (Neuroscience)
Ph.D., University of North Carolina Wilmington (Marine Biology)
Postdoc, Hollings Marine Laboratory, Medical University of South Carolina (Environmental Physiology)

Research Interests

• Environmental physiology of marine invertebrates
• Metabolic effects of intracellular and environmental hypoxia
• Molecular and physiological adaptations to stress in crustaceans
• Comparative muscle physiology and energetics
• Evolution of behavior in crustaceans

Advising Interests

• Environmental physiology
• Metabolism and energetics
• Stress physiology in invertebrates
• Comparative muscle physiology
• Evolutionary physiology


My research is focused on the physiological acclimations and evolutionary adaptations of marine invertebrates (particularly crustaceans) to changing environmental conditions. I approach these topics from an inherently integrative and comparative angle by examining the effects of environmental stress at the cellular, tissue, and organismal levels - often across a number of species. In particular, my efforts are focused on the consequences of low dissolved oxygen (hypoxia) and elevated carbon dioxide (hypercapnia) on muscle physiology, metabolism, growth and behavior.