Kimberly Hammond


Professor of Biology
Director of the Natural Reserve System at UCR
Office: 3314 Spieth Hall
Phone: (951) 827-4767


Degree: Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1989

My research interests are in the area of animal physiological ecology and evolutionary physiology.  More specifically, I am interested in how anatomical and physiological capacities meet environmental demands.  For instance: when an animal is confronted by a greater energetic or physiological demand (cold temperatures, hypoxic conditions) can it compensate for that demand by increasing (or decreasing) physiological processing capacity?

Animals often meet changes in demand with changes in the size of organs and organ capacity.   I am most interested in learning how these load/capacity relationships are reflected in an animal's life history.  This approach demands an appreciation of both mechanistic physiology and ecology, and requires both field and laboratory research.  In addition, I study animals at all stages of development, concentrating on the effects of environmental demands in utero and during adulthood.  At present I work primarily in desert and montane systems, using rodents as study species.

Recent and current projects of my students, my colleagues, and myself:

Frequent collaborators:

Mark Chappell

Joe Szewczak

Rich Cardullo

My work on deer mice is carried out, in part, at the University of California's White Mountain Research Station in the White Mountains of Eastern California.

Left: Overlooking the Owens Valley and west towards the Sierra Nevada Range; Right: White Mountain Peak (about 4,340 meters)





Graduate Students:

I participate in both the Evolutionary Biology and the Physiology graduate tracks within the EEOB Graduate Program.

Some Representative Publications....

Recent Teaching....