Matt Knope accepting Francis Davis Award

Dr. Matt Knope awarded the Francis Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching!

Matthew Knope, assistant professor of biology, received the Frances Davis award for Excellence in Teaching. Assistant Prof. Knope joined UH Hilo in fall 2017 and quickly became known for putting teaching and his students as his highest priorities. Colleagues praise him for demonstrating his commitment and strong ability to integrate research and teaching and to directly Read More

Local tour company donates $25K to UH Hilo biology program to research mosquito-borne avian disease

March 28, 2019 By Staff The gift from Hawaii Forest & Trail will support research and technologies to reduce mosquito populations that spread avian disease in Hawai‘i. The ‘i‘iwi is a scarlet honeycreeper native to Hawai‘i and decreasing in numbers. Photo by Ludovic Hirlimann/Wikimedia. A local tour company with a strong conservation mission has donated $25,000 Read More

UH Hilo ecologists win medal for provocative native forest restoration research

March 28, 2019 By Staff The provocative aspect of the study is in its relatively accepting attitude toward nonnative, noninvasive plant species, often the traditional nemesis of ecologists. By Leah Sherwood. Forest restoration researchers and assistants (left to right) Corie Yanger, Jodie Rosam, Susan Cordell, Becky Ostertag, and Amanda Uowolo. The researchers recently won a Bradshaw Read More

UH Hilo Biology student awarded S-STEM scholarship

Mr. Jesse Leavitt, a University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Biology major, has been awarded $5,000 from the Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program. Leavitt, a senior at UH Hilo, is actively involved in several research programs. In 2018 he was a PIPES-REU intern, and he has been a member of the Conservation Read More

Dr. Becky Ostertag’s publication wins Bradshaw Medal

The Society for Ecological Restoration recently presented the Bradshaw Medal to two outstanding papers published in its peer-reviewed journal, Restoration Ecology. Named for famed British ecologist and restoration pioneer Tony Bradshaw, the award honors scientific papers that advance the field of restoration ecology in a significant way. Susan Cordell, Rebecca Ostertag, Jené Michaud, and Laura Warman Read More

UH Hilo students featured in the University of Hawaiʻi News for the use of cutting-edge technologies to study invasive mosquitoes

Read the article and watch the video to learn more about how UH Hilo graduate student, Jared Nishimoto, and undergraduates under the supervision of Dr. Jolene Sutton are developing genetic technologies that will help control invasive mosquitoes in Hawaiʻi. Read More

UH Hilo faculty, Dr. Matt Knope, is using his own classroom to examine best practices in undergraduate research experiences

CURE (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences) have proven effective for a wide-variety of student learning objectives and Matt Knope, along with his collaborators at Arizona State, are investigating which model of scientific inquiry results in better outcomes for students. Read the full article for more information. Read More

UH Hilo student awarded two national study abroad scholarships

Ms. Ashley Romero, a University of Hawai`i at Hilo Biology major, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Fund for Education Abroad for spring 2019.  She will be participating in UH Hilo’s direct international exchange program to the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. The 22 spring 2019 FEA scholarship winners were selected Read More

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Dr. Jonathan B. Koch publishes papers in the journals PLoS ONE and Annals of the Entomological Society of America

Dr. Jonathan B. Koch, a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor at UH Hilo is the lead author of two articles published in the journals PLoS ONE and Annals of the Entomological Society of America. In the journal PLoS ONE, Dr. Koch published “Phylogeny and population genetic analyses reveals cryptic speciation in the Bombus fervidus species complex (Hymenoptera: Read More

UH Hilo Assistant Professor Jolene Sutton and colleagues are awarded Marsden Fund for research on endangered birds

UH Hilo Assistant Professor Jolene Sutton along with colleagues from University of Otago (New Zealand), University of Sydney (Australia), and San Diego Zoo Global have been awarded a Marsden Fund for their project, “Resolving the genomic architecture of hatching failure to improve conservation of endangered birds”. The award will provide 933,000$NZD (~630,000$USD) over three years.  Abstract: “Egg-hatching failure is a Read More

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