LaTisha Hammond, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Honors and Biology
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Dr. LaTisha Hammond received her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, with an emphasis on ecological physiology and larval biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. Her research focused on the impacts of global climate change (ocean warming and ocean acidification) on gene expression in purple sea urchins. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Hammond conducted research in the field of science education, specifically on K-12 pedagogical strategies, learning progressions, and student content learning in environmental science.

Current Research

Dr. Hammond’s research interests include K-12 and undergraduate biology education; specifically, student science identity formation, global climate change education, and metacognitive strategies in biology pedagogy. Recently, Dr. Hammond has begun research on the implementation and utility of feminist pedagogy in undergraduate science classes.


Hammond, L.M. and G. E. Hofmann (2012). Early developmental gene regulation in Strongylocentrotus purpuratus embryos in response to elevated CO2 conditions. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215: 2445-2454. doi:10.1242/jeb.058008

Hammond, L.M. and G. E. Hofmann (2010). Thermal tolerance of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus early life history stages: mortality, stress-induced gene expression and biogeographic patterns. Marine Biology. doi 10.1007/s00227-010-1528-z

O’Donnell, M.J., A.E. Todgham, M.A. Sewell, L.M. Hammond, K. Ruggiero, N.A. Fangue, M.L. Zippay and G.E. Hofmann (2010). Ocean acidification alters skeletogenesis and gene expression in larval sea urchins. Marine Ecology Progress Series 398: 157-171.

O’Donnell, M.J., L.M. Hammond and G.E. Hofmann (2009). Predicted impact of ocean acidification on a marine invertebrate: elevated CO2 alters response to thermal stress in sea urchin larvae. Marine Biology 156: 439-446.