Biology Students Volunteer for Community Service at Napo╩╗opo╩╗o in Waipio Valley

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 11:30pm by

At the end of November, 24 Biology students participated in Service Learning with Kulia Potter who advocates for education of indigenous Hawaiian culture through mo╩╗olelo (storytelling) of Hawaiian history and the propagation of native Hawaiian plants and Polynesian introduced plants. On this trip, students cleared land, planted ╩╗ulu trees and taro, and had fun too!





UH Hilo’s Student, Gary Sur, presents his research on Hawaiian Metrosideros at the BOTANY 2015 Conference

Monday, July 27, 2015, 1:47am by

Spring Biology graduate, Gary Sur, presented his research on Leaf Micromorphological Variation in Hawaiian┬áMetrosideros┬áat “Botany 2015” in Edmonton, Alberta, in July. Gary was one of just 12 undergraduates selected from across the country to participate in the Botanical Society of America’s PLANTS program this year. He will continue research as a TCBES student this fall. Go Gary!

Brandi Antonio and Chris Yakym take home 1st place prizes in Microbiology

Monday, April 27, 2015, 2:00am by

Brandi is an undergraduate senior Biology student that has been working in Dr.┬áJon Awaya‘s lab for the past year. She attended the Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium on April 17 at UH M─ünoa and received 1st prize in the Undergraduate Student Division. Her research is titled, “Characterization of a Novel Microbe in┬áIotrochota protea┬ávia Secondary Metabolite Production and Antimicrobial Activity”. Brandi will be graduating this Spring and attending Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate program this Fall. Chris Yakym, a TCBES graduate student, received 1st prize in the MS category at the annual American Society of Microbiology Hawai╩╗i Chapter symposium on April 25th on O╩╗ahu. His research is titled, “Microbial Diversity Associated with Two Hawaiian Drosophila,┬áD. sproati┬áand┬áD. ochracea,and their Host Plants,Cheirodendrontrigynum┬áand┬áFreycinetia arborea“.


Chris Brandi

Biology Welcomes new Assistant Professor, Dr. Stan Nakanishi

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 2:11am by

Dr.┬áStan Nakanishi┬áreceived his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, and conducted post-doctoral work at the University of Basel, Switzerland and the University of Calgary, Canada. Most recently he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Alberta ChildrenÔÇÖs Hospital Research Institute with a research focus in cellular neuroscience.

Biology Welcomes new Assistant Professor, Dr. Li Tao

Monday, October 27, 2014, 2:21am by

Dr. Li Tao received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California at Davis in 2007. He then worked as a Project Scientist at UC Santa Cruz conducting research on the molecular mechanisms involved in the timing and positioning of the cytokinesis furrow during cell division.

The varieties of ‘Ohi’a on Hawai╩╗i Island are real

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 2:22am by

The Stacy Lab published their research on Incipient radiation within the dominant Hawaiian tree Metrosideros polymorpha in Heredity. This study provides evidence for the evolutionary significance of four of the five named varieties of this species on Hawaiʻi Island and indicates that Hawaiian Metrosideros should be useful for studies of divergence and the evolution of reproductive isolating barriers at the early stages of speciation in trees.

Prof. Adam Pack conducts interview on humpback whales for Australian Geographic Magazine

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 2:24am by

In its May-June 2014 issue, Australian Geographic Magazine published a story on humpback whales including an interview with Adam Pack about his research findings on the relation of whale size to behavior in Hawaiʻi.


Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council re-elects Adam Pack as Chairperson

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:54pm by

Dr. Adam Pack was re-elected Chair of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of 52 primary and alternate members representing the islands of Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, Maui and Oʻahu, representing various constituencies such as Research, Education, Conservation, Native Hawaiian, Whale Watching, Fishing, Business, Commercial Shipping, Tourism, Ocean Recreation, and Youth, and representing State and Federal Agencies. Adam currently occupies the Council Seat for Hawaiʻi Island.

Prof. Adam Pack publishes findings on female humpback whale behavior in Hawaiian waters

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 12:29am by

Adam Pack┬áalso co-authored the paper “Habitat segregation by female humpback whales in Hawaiian waters: avoidance of males?” published in the journal “Behaviour.” The research reported in this article shows that female humpback whales with newborn calves segregate themselves into shallower water than females without calf to avoid energetically costly associations with male humpback whales prospecting for mating opportunities. The article’s findings were featured in a story by the BBC News: Edinburgh, File, East Scotland (Read the complete article).