Welcome to the UH Hilo Biology Department

Biology is one of the largest departments at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo with faculty expertise encompassing the disciplines of physiology, microbiology, molecular and population genetics, biostatistics, evolution, cell biology, botany, mycology, tropical forest ecology, conservation biology, marine ecology, and ichthyology. (About the Biology Department…)

News and Events

Please welcome our newest Biology Faculty member, Dr. Matt Knope

August 2016

Matthew Knope is a new Assistant Professor of Biology at UH Hilo. He received a Bachelors degree in Marine Biology with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1999), a Masters degree in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University (2004), and a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University (2012). Also at Stanford, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Dept. of Biology (2012), a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Dept. of Geological and Environmental Sciences (2013-2014), and a Lecturer in the Dept. of Biology (2014-2015). Before joining the faculty at UH Hilo, he was most recently an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Field Biology at the University of San Francisco (2015-2016). He is broadly interested in almost all aspects of biology, but his primary research topics are related to the evolutionary ecology of both marine and terrestrial organisms, in Hawaii and elsewhere. In addition, he is strongly motivated to develop and share innovative teaching methods in the sciences.

Knope photo

Image above: Dr. Matthew Knope

 

Congratulations to our UH Hilo Biology Students on their Student Achievement Awards!

May 2016

On May 4th, Luke Kupcha won the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Heather Coad won the Mae Mull Award for Outstanding Student in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Lastly, Dillon Tacdol (not pictured) won the Don Hemmes Award. These students demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and displayed exemplary work in their field. Great job! Congratulations!

Luke Kupcha Heather Coad

Image above: Luke Kupcha and Heather Coad

Dr. Li Tao publishes paper on mitotic mechanisms of the kinesin-6 motor in Nature Communications

April 2016

"Li Tao is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. He is a biochemist and a cell biologist with expertise in using a combination of in vitro biochemistry and in vivo cell biology to understand the regulation of cell division, thus providing insights into the fundamental mechanism to control the growth of cancer cells." - Keauhou

 

Read full articles below:

http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2016/05/04/

http://hilo.hawaii.edu/news/stories/2016/04/27/biochemist-at-uh-hilo-looks-for-clues-to-cure-cancer/

http://hilo.hawaii.edu/keaohou/2016/04/26/li-tao-biology/

 

Li Tao

Li Tao Lab

Image above: Professor Tao and below: Dr. Tao with his student research assistants (l-r) Gin Tezuka and Luke Kupcha.

 

 

UH Hilo's newest Biology faculty member, Dr. Jolene Sutton, sequences rare Hawaiian crow's genome that will assist in conservation efforts

January 2016

"In collaboration with PacBio, scientists at San Diego Zoo Global and the University of Hawaii, Hilo have fully sequenced the genome of the 'Alalā, or Hawaiian crow and shared the results of this effort at the recent annual Plant and Animal Genomics XXIV Conference in San Diego. The 'Alalā was once reduced to a population of about 20 birds, and the sequencing of the species' genome will be important to track any genetic challenges that may occur due to the reduced genetic diversity now seen in the species." - Zoological Society of San Diego

Watch videos below:

youtube.com/watch?v=1OmWXTwrBuY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=1OmWXTwrBuY&app=desktop

Read full articles below:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/zsos-sor012616.php

http://hilo.hawaii.edu/news/stories/2016/01/27/gene-sequencing-for-the-hawaiian-crow/

http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2016/01/28/gene-sequencing-of-rare-hawaiian-crow-will-assist-in-conservation-efforts/

Hawaiian Crow

Photo credit: http://blognew.sandiegozoo.org/

 

Biology Welcomes new Assistant Professor, Dr. Jolene Sutton

Spring 2016

Dr. Sutton received her Ph.D. from the University of Otago in 2013. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at UH-Mānoa until joining the Biology Department at UH-Hilo in 2016. Her research area is Molecular and Conservation Genetics, with a specific focus on immunity genes.

 

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