Kristin M. Hardy, Ph.D.
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)
- 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
- 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.