korsmeyerKeith E. Korsmeyer, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Office: Hawaii Loa Campus, AC 218
Phone: (808) 236-5862
Website: Google Scholar – Keith Korsmeyer


BIOL 3030/1 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIOL 3070/1 Marine Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL 6120 Ichthyology

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)


Post-doctoral Fellowship, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Copenhagen
Ph.D. Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
B.S. Biology, Pennsylvania State University


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

Professional Interests:

Comparative and ecological physiology of fishes.

Personal Interests/Biography:


Teaching Interests/Research:

My research interests are in the comparative and ecological physiology of fishes and other marine animals. In particular, I’m interested in metabolic, energetic, and cardio-respiratory specializations, and the influence of environment on physiological function. This includes cardiac function and oxygen transport to tissues, metabolic compensations to changes in habitat, such as temperature, salinity, or hypoxia, and bioenergetics of swimming. My aim is to use an integrative approach to determine the types of adaptations and environmental factors that are important in an evolutionary context.