Faculty Highlights

Keith E. Korsmeyer, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D. Marine Biology Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

B.S. Biology Honors & High Distinction, minor in Marine Science. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Experience

Professor of Biology 2008—present College of Natural & Computational Sciences, Hawai‘i Pacific University  

Associate Professor of Biology 2002—2008 College of Natural Sciences, Hawai‘i Pacific University  

Assistant Professor of Biology 1998—2002 Marine Sciences Program, Hawai‘i Pacific University  

Postdoctoral Fellow / Assistant Research Professor 1996—1998 Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Copenhagen, Helsingør, Denmark 

Teaching Experience 

Courses taught at Hawai‘i Pacific University

2007—present Ichthyology (BIOL 6120) 

1998—present Marine Vertebrate Zoology (BIOL 3070) 

2001—present Marine Vertebrate Zoology Laboratory (BIOL 3071) 

1999—present Comparative Animal Physiology (BIOL 3030) 

1999—present Comparative Animal Physiology Laboratory (BIOL 3031) 

2011—present Master’s Research (NSCI 6900) 

2008—present Marine Aquarium Keeping, Natural Science Practicum (NSCI 3950) 

1998—2002, 2009—2011 Evolutionary Genetics (BIOL 3054) 

2005 Ornamental Fish Aquaculture (BIOL 4800)

1999—2002 Honors Research in Marine Biology (MARS 4600) 

2000—2001 Marine Biology Laboratory (MARS 2063) 

1999—2000 General Biology Laboratory (BIOL 2051) 

1998—2000 Senior Seminar in Oceanography & Marine Biology (MARS 4910/20) 

Other courses 

2000 Arctic Biology Field Course (Guest Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor). University of Copenhagen, Arctic Station, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland

1997 Arctic Fish Physiology (Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor). Nordic Research Council Ph.D. Course, Arctic Station, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland  

1996—1997 Fish Respiratory and Circulatory Physiology (Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor). University of Copenhagen, Denmark 

Professional Memberships

American Physiological Society

Society for Experimental Biology

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

Service

Graduate Student Advising

August 2013 (expected)  Aris Zikos, M.S. Marine Science  “Effects of salinity stress on the bioenergetics and gene expression of Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)” 

Reviewer for Professional Journals

Marine Biology

Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

Journal of Experimental Biology

Physiological and Biochemical Zoology

Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology

Coral Reefs

Transactions of the American Fisheries Society

BioMed Central, Systems Biology

University Service
Fall 2012-present Chair, College of Natural & Computational Sciences Faculty Assembly 
Fall 2011-present Program Chair / Curriculum Area Coordinator for the Marine Sciences
Spring 2008-present Chair, HPU Institutional Animal Use & Care Committee
Fall 2007-present Affiliate Faculty Committee, Department of Natural Sciences
    Fall 2012-present     Chair 
Summer 2007-Spring 2009 Graduate Admissions Committee, College of Natural Sciences
Fall 2006-Spring 2008 Chair, College of Natural Sciences Faculty Assembly
Fall 2002-Spring 2008 Chair, Biology Program Review 
Fall 2006-Spring 2007 Graduate Program Development Committee, College of Natural Sciences
Fall 2005-Spring 2007 Faculty Promotion & Review Committee, College of Natural Sciences
Fall 2003-Spring 2007 Faculty Advisor, SCUBA Dive Club
Fall 2002-Summer 2005 Program Chair for the Life Sciences 
Fall 2003-Summer 2004 Chair, Biology Faculty Search Committee
Fall 2002-Spring 2004 Faculty Advisor, Pre-Med Society
Fall 2001-Spring 2004 Faculty Development Policies and Activities Committee
Fall 2002-Spring 2004 Chair, Faculty Development Grants Subcommittee
Fall 2001-Spring 2002 Environmental Science Faculty Search Committee
Fall 2000-Summer 2001 Arts & Sciences Executive Committee
Spring 1999-Summer 2001 Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee
    Fall 2000-Summer 2001     Chair
Spring 1999-Summer 2001 University Curriculum Committee
    Fall 1999,Fall 2000-Summer 2001     Secretary

Publications

Peer-Reviewed

Wilson, S., Yeh, J., Korsmeyer, K. E., & Drazen, J. C. (in press). Metabolism of shallow and deep-sea benthic crustaceans and echinoderms in Hawaii. Marine Biology. doi: 10.1007/s00227-013-2230-8

McKenzie, D. J., Steffensen, J. F., Korsmeyer, K., Whiteley, N. M., Bronzi, P., & Taylor, E. W. (2007). Swimming alters responses to hypoxia in the Adriatic sturgeon Acipenser naccarii. Journal of Fish Biology, 70(2), 651—658. 

Korsmeyer, K. E., Steffensen, J. F., & Herskin, J. (2002). Energetics of median and paired fin swimming, body and caudal fin swimming, and gait transition in parrotfish (Scarus schlegeli) and triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus). Journal of Experimental Biology 205(9), 1253—1263. Keith E. Korsmeyer 4

Cockell, C. S., Stokes, M. D., & Korsmeyer, K. E. (2000). Overwintering strategies of Antarctic organisms. Environmental Reviews, 8(1), 1—19.

Shadwick, R. E., Katz, S. L., Korsmeyer, K. E., Knower, T., & Covell, J. W. (1999). Muscle dynamics in skipjack tuna Katsuwonus pelamis: timing of red muscle shortening in relation to activation and body curvature during steady swimming. Journal of Experimental Biology, 202(16), 2139—2150.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Lai, N. C., Shadwick, R. E., & Graham, J. B. (1997). Oxygen transport and cardiovascular responses to exercise in the yellowfin tuna Thunnus albacares. Journal of Experimental Biology, 200(14), 1987—1997.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Lai, N. C., Shadwick, R. E., & Graham, J. B. (1997). Heart rate and stroke volume contributions to cardiac output in swimming yellowfin tuna: response to exercise and temperature. Journal of Experimental Biology, 200(14), 1975—1986.

Lai, N. C., Korsmeyer, K. E., Katz, S., Holts, D. B., Laughlin, L. M., & Graham, J. B. (1997). Hemodynamics and blood properties of the shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus. Copeia, 1997(2), 424—428.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Dewar, H., Lai, N. C., & Graham, J. B. (1996). The aerobic capacity of tunas: adaptation for multiple metabolic demands. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 113A(1) 17— 24.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Dewar, H., Lai, N. C., & Graham, J. B. (1996). Tuna aerobic swimming performance: physiological and environmental limits based on oxygen supply and demand. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 113B(1), 45—56.

Book Chapters

Korsmeyer, K. E., & Dewar, H. (2001). Tuna metabolism and energetics. In B. A. Block & E. D. Stevens (Eds.), Tuna: Physiology, Ecology and Evolution: Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 35—78.

Graham, J. B., Dewar, H., Lai, N. C., Korsmeyer, K. E., Fields, P. A., Knower, T., Shadwick, R. E., Shabetai, R., & Brill, R. W. (1994). Swimming physiology of pelagic fishes. In L. Maddock, Q. Bone, & J. M. V. Rayner (Eds.), Mechanics and Physiology of Animal Swimming, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 63—74.

Undergraduate Student Mentored Publications

Sorenson, L., & Korsmeyer, K. (2007). Examining morphological characteristics of triggerfish: a threedimensional reconstruction of skeletal and muscular features of Rhinecanthus rectangulus [Electronic Version]. Journal of Young Investigators, February, 2007. Retrieved from http://www.jyi.org/research/re.php?id=930

Dissertation

Korsmeyer, K. E. (1996). A study of cardiovascular function in swimming tuna. (Doctoral dissertation). UC San Diego: California Sea Grant College Program. Retrieved from http://escholarship.org/uc/item/79j9k8pj

Abstracts & Conference Presentations

Korsmeyer, K. E. (2011). Development of an automated respirometry system for studies of aquatic animal bioenergetics. Hawai‘i Pacific University Faculty Scholarship Day, January 20, 2011, Kāne‘ohe, HI.

Korsmeyer, K. E. (2006). Integrating computer data-acquisition and active learning in a science laboratory course: results of a new curriculum for comparative animal physiology. Hawai‘i Pacific University Faculty Scholarship Day, Aug. 31, 2006, Kāne‘ohe, HI.

Brewe, E., & Korsmeyer, K. (2006). From physics to physiology, a spread of curricular reform. Physics Education Research Conference: Discipline-based Education Research in Other STEM Disciplines, July 26—27, 2006, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

Lai, N. C., Korsmeyer, K. E., Holts, D., & Ramon, D. (2003). Metabolic rates of two oceanic elasmobranchs, the shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) and the pelagic ray (Dasyatis violacea). FASEB 17(4) A422.

Korsmeyer, K. E., & Brill, R. W. (2002). Active regulation of brain temperature in yellowfin tuna. The Power of Comparative Physiology: Evolution, Integration, and Application, Aug. 24—28, 2002, San Diego, CA. The Physiologist, 45(4), 352.

Korsmeyer, K. E., & Brill, R.W. (2002). Regulation of brain temperature in yellowfin tuna: evidence of alterations in blood flow. Cardiovascular Physiology of Fish, International Congress on the Biology of Fish, July 21—25, 2002, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Steffensen, J. F., & Herskin, J. (2000). Energetics of rigid-body, paired-fin swimming in fishes. Experimental Biology 2000, Society of Experimental Biology Annual Symposium and Joint International Meeting, July 30—Aug. 3, 2000, Cambridge, England. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 126/B Suppl. 1, S58.

Korsmeyer, K. E., & Steffensen, J. F. (2000). Enzyme activities in the tissues of three cod species (Gadidae) from Arctic and sub-Arctic waters. Biology of Polar Fish, The Fisheries Society of the British Isles, July 24—28, 2000, Cambridge, England.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Steffensen, J. F., & Herskin, J. (1998). Energetics of swimming in parrotfishes (labriform locomotion) and triggerfishes (balistiform locomotion). Special Adaptations of Tropical Fish, International Congress on the Biology of Fish, July 24—28, 1998, Towson University, Baltimore MD.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Steffensen, J. F., & Herskin, J. (1998). Energetics of swimming in parrotfishes (labriform locomotion) and triggerfishes (balistiform locomotion). The Society for Experimental Biology, Annual Meeting, March 23—27, 1998, York, England.

Korsmeyer, K. E., & Steffensen, J. F. (1997). Aerobic enzyme activities in the tissues of three cod species (Gadidae) from Arctic and sub-Arctic waters. International Conference of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Aug. 31—Sept. 5, 1997, Skukuza, South Africa.

Korsmeyer, K. E., & Steffensen, J. F. (1997). Tissue metabolism of three cod species (Gadidae) in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters. The Society for Experimental Biology, Annual Meeting, April 7—11, 1997, Canterbury, England.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Lai, N. C., Dewar, H., Knower, T., Shadwick, R. E., & Graham, J. B. (1995). Oxygen transport and cardiovascular responses to exercise in yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares). Physiological Zoology, 68(4), 55. Keith E. Korsmeyer 6

Graham, J. B., Korsmeyer, K. E., Lai, N. C., Shadwick, R. E., Knower, T., Dewar, H., & Dickson, K. A. (1995). Biomechanics, energetics, and physiology of tuna swimming. Physiological Zoology, 68(4), 54.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Lai, N. C., Dewar, H., Knower, T., Shadwick, R. E., & Graham, J. B. (1994). Cardiovascular responses to exercise in yellowfin tuna. The Physiologist, 37(5), A-93.

Lai, N. C., Korsmeyer, K. E., Graham, J. B., Shabetai, R., & Ziegler, M. G. (1994). Catecholamine and potassium ion concentrations in swimming yellowfin tuna. The Physiologist, 37(5), A-93.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Lai, N. C., Knower, T., Dewar, H., Shadwick, R. E., & Graham, J. B. (1993). Cardiovascular function in swimming yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares). American Zoologist, 33(5), 44A.

Knower, T., Shadwick, R. E., Biewener, A. A., Korsmeyer, K., & Graham, J. B. (1993). Direct measurement of tail tendon forces in swimming tuna. American Zoologist, 33(5), 30A.

Knower, T., Shadwick, R. E., Wardle, C. S., Korsmeyer, K., & Graham, J. B. (1993). The timing of red muscle activation in swimming tuna. American Zoologist, 33(5), 30A.

Korsmeyer, K. E., Graham, J. B., & Shadwick, R. E. (1992). Cardiac performance in swimming yellowfin tuna. American Zoologist, 32(5), 57A.

Korsmeyer, K. E. (1991). Acute temperature effects on the heart rates of kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus) and spotted sand bass (P. maculatofasciatus). American Zoologist, 31(5), 57A.

Public Lectures

“Biological evolution: An introduction.” Natural Science Students Association, Scientific Literacy Campaign, April 27, 2012. Hawai‘i Pacific University, Honolulu, HI.

“How much energy do reef fish use to swim?” Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Outreach Program, July 17, 2008, Hanauma Bay, HI.

Other Works

Korsmeyer, K. E. (July 10, 2012). Key to near shore fish families of Hawai‘i – Online Identification Keys. Retrieved from http://www.online-keys.net/infusions/keys/keys_view.php?key_no=25

Grants & Awards

2009 - HPU Trustee’s Scholarly Endeavors Program, Grant “Development of an Aquatic Respirometry System for Studies of Fish Bioenergetics”

2008 - Golden Apple Teaching Award for Reflective Use of Technology, HPU

2005 - Teaching Enhancement Grant, HPU “Integrating Technology and Active-Learning to Improve Science Learning: A New Curriculum for Comparative Animal Physiology Laboratories”

2002 - HPU Trustee’s Scholarly Endeavors Program, Grant “Metabolic Adaptation to Low Temperatures in Arctic Fishes”

2000 - HPU Trustee’s Scholarly Endeavors Program, Grant  “Continued Studies of Tuna Thermoregulation”

1999 - HPU Trustee’s Scholarly Endeavors Program, Grant “Control of Thermoregulation in the Yellowfin Tuna”

1996-1998 - Danish Program for Visiting Scientists, Postdoctoral Fellowship and Grant Danish Research Academy