Office: Hawaii Loa Campus, AC 218
Phone: (808) 236-5862
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Keith E. Korsmeyer, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology


  • 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

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 3030 Comparative Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 3031 Comparative Animal Physiology Lab
  • BIOL 3070 Marine Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 3071 Marine Vertebrate Zoology Lab
  • BIOL 6120 Ichthyology
  • MARS 4600 Honors Research
  • NSCI 3950 Natural Sciences Practicum
  • NSCI 6900 Master's Research

Professional Interests:

Comparative and ecological physiology of fishes.

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.