Kenneth D. Hoadley, Ph.D.

Ken Hoadley, Ph.D.

Senior Marine Scientist I

Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Dept. of Biological Sciences


As an eco-physiologist, I am focused on matching physiological variability with genetic diversity of photosynthetic marine algae. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the functional diversity within symbiotic dinoflagellate algae (Symbiodiniaceae) living within the host coral tissue layer and how differences in physiology influence the host’s (coral) response to climate change. I am also interested in the physiology of free-living algal species and am utilizing a combination of cellular systems-based approaches and high-resolution physiological measurements to study the green algal lineage Micromonas; a group of globally distributed and highly productive picoeukaryotes. Whether living inhospite within a coral tissue layer or within the open ocean, understanding algal ecophysiology within the context of climate change is the focus of my research.

Ph.D., Marine Studies, University of Delaware, 2016
Postdoctoral research: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Postdoctoral research: GEOMAR: Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research

Research Interest

Coral symbioses and climate change

Algal ecophysiology

Primary productivity and photosynthesis

Photo-optical properties

Gene expression

Instrument development



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