Dalton Hardisty

Dalton  Hardisty
  • Geological Sciences Endowed Professor
  • Established through a gift from an anonymous donor
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Dalton Hardisty, Geological Sciences Endowed Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, investigates how ocean chemistry and biology co-evolved throughout Earth's history. This includes a major focus on constraining the initial accumulation and proliferation of oxygen in our atmosphere and oceans. His research includes geochemical studies of elemental cycling in modern seawater and sediments as well as that of rocks that archive events millions to billions of years ago, when seawater chemistry varied widely from that of today.
Hardisty received his B.S. in environmental science and his M.S. in geology from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in geology from the University of California Riverside. Prior to joining MSU as an assistant professor in 2018, Hardisty was a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
Prior to his arrival at MSU, Hardisty’s scholarship and field research earned him several honors, including being named a Doherty Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2016-2018). As a graduate student, he received a Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship from the U.S. Science Support Program (2014-2015) and was recognized with an International Ocean Discovery Program Post-Expedition Award (2014) and a NASA Astrobiology Early Career Collaboration (2014).