Pamela Hart

Pamela B. Hart


Assistant Professor
Chair of Seminar Committee


  • National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2021-2022
  • PhD, Systematics, Ecology, and Evolution, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2021
  • MS, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 2016
  • BS, Marine Biology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 2013

Research Interests

Dr. Hart’s lab seeks to understand the origin and maintenance of innovative traits leading to extremophile success. Research interests include evolutionary history (phylogenomics), comparative genomics, and sensory biology experiments. Current research focuses on the genetic basis and physical enhancement of the lateral line (mechanosensory) system in North American cavefishes.

  • Extremophile Evolution
  • Sensory Biology
  • Evolutionary History
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Biology of Fishes

Selected Publications

  • Hart, P.B., R.J. Arnold, F. Alda, C.P. Kenaley, T.W. Pietsch, D. Hutchinson*, and P. Chakrabarty. (2022) Evolutionary Relationships of Anglerfishes (Lophiiformes) Reconstructed using Ultraconserved Elements. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 10.1016/j.ympev.2022.107459
  • *Undergraduate Mentee
  • Crawford, C. H., A. Webber-Schultz, P. B. Hart, Z. S. Randall, C. Cerrato-Morales, A. B.
  • Kellogg, H. E. Amplo, A. Suvarnaraksha, L. M. Page, P. Chakrabarty, and B. E. Flammang. (2022) They Like to Move it (Move it): Walking Kinematics of Balitorid Loaches of Western Thailand. Journal of Evolutionary Biology
  • Santiago-Rosario, L.Y., B.D. Elderd, K. Harms, P.B. Hart, and M. Dassanayake. (2021) No escape: The influence of Sodium Substrate on Plant Growth and Tissue Sodium Responses. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.8138
  • Hart, P.B., M.L. Niemiller, E.D. Burress, W.B. Ludt, J.W. Armbruster, and P. Chakrabarty.
  • (2020) Cave-adapted evolution in the North American amblyopsid fishes inferred using
  • phylogenomics and geometric morphometrics. Evolution. doi:10.1111/evo.13958
  • Crawford, C.H., Z.S. Randall, P.B. Hart, L.M. Page, P. Chakrabarty, and B.E. Flammang. (2020) Skeletal and muscular pelvic morphology of hillstream loaches (Cypriniformes: Balitoridae). Journal of Morphology. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.21247
  • Burress, P.B.H., E.D. Burress, J.W. Armbruster (2017) Body shape variation within the Southern Cavefish, Typhlichthys subterraneus (Percopsiformes: Amblyopsidae). 2017. Zoomorphology. DOI: 10.1007/s00435-017-0360-0
  • Armbruster, J.W., M.L. Niemiller, and P.B. Hart (2016) Morphological evolution of the Cave-, Spring- and Swampfishes of the Amblyopsidae (Percopsiformes). Copeia. 104: 763-777. DOI: 10.1643/CI-15-339
  • Niemiller, M.L., K.S. Zigler, P.B. Hart, B.R. Kuhajda, J.W. Armbruster, B.N. Ayala, and A.S. Engel (2016) First record of a stygobiotic fish (Percopsiformes: Amblyopsidae: Typhlichthys) from the Appalachians karst region in the eastern United States. Subterranean Biology. Subterranean Biology 20: 39-50. DOI: 10.3897/subtbiol.20.9693