Biology Faculty and Staff

Jonathan “Jon” Awaya

Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7180, Email

Research: Elemental cycling and secondary metabolite biosynthesis in environmental microbes.
Courses: Fundamentals of Microbiology, Biology of Microorganisms.
Office Hours: Sp19 T/TH 10:45am-noon or by appt.

Deborah “Deb” L. Beirne

Educational Specialist, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7505, Email

Mona Renee “Renee” R Bellinger

Affiliate Faculty; Adjunct Assistant Professor; Bioinformatics/Genomics

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7501, Email, Website

Erin Datlof

Molecular Lab Manager

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7876, Email

Jenni K. Guillen

Instructor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7514, Email

Fall 2016 Office hours: Thursdays 12:30-1:45 and by appointment

Research: Biomarkers in cancer cell lines.
Courses: General Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biostatistics, Immunology.

Patrick J. Hart

Chair & Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7182, Email, Website

Research: Ecology and conservation of Hawaiian forests and forest birds.
Courses: Biostatistics, General Ecology, Avian Biology, Field Ornithology.

Terre Hawkins

Lecturer, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7752, Email

Courses: Introduction to Biology Lecture and Laboratory, Senior Seminar, History and Conservation of the Hawaiian Islands.

Don E. Hemmes

Professor Emeritus, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7513, Email

Joel A. Kaufmann


Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7572, Email

Matthew “Matt” Knope

Assistant Professor

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7715, Email, Website

Research: Evolutionary ecology of marine and terrestrial organisms.
Courses: Biostatistics, Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands, Advanced Tropical Island Ecology and Evolution.

Jonathan “Jon” B. Koch

Affililate Professor, TCBES & Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7512, Email, Website

Cedric “Cam” C. Muir

Associate Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7500, Email, Website

Research: Agro-ecology, ecological genetics of crop species, food security.
Courses: Introductory Biology, Evolution, Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics.

Stan T. Nakanishi

Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7193, Email

Research: Investigating the neuromodulatory effects of compounds derived from Native Hawaiian plants.
Courses: Genetics, Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology.

Rebecca “Becky” Ostertag

Professor, Biology; Program Chair, M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7573, Email, Website

Research: Long-term forest dynamics in relation to climate change, nutrient cycling, invasive species, and restoration ecology.
Courses: General Ecology, Conservation Biology, TCBES Core Courses.

Adam A. Pack

Chair & Professor, Psychology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7082, Email

Research: Marine mammal behavior and mating systems, humpback whales, spinner dolphins, animal cognition.
Courses: Marine Mammal Behavior, Animal Cognition.

Kristina L. Paxton

Affiliate Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science; Postdoctoral Researcher, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7725, Email, Website

Research: Movement Ecology, Avian Disease, and Conservation Genetics
Courses: Biostatistics, Introductory Biology, Quantitative Ecology, Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Field and Laboratory Methods

Jolene T. Sutton

Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7183, Email, Website

Research: Conservation genetics and genomics; Immunogenetics; Genetic pest management
Courses: Genetics; Principles of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science

Li Tao

Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7179, Email, Website

Research: Regulation of cell division, with a focus on the use of in vitro biochemistry and in vivo cell biology to understand the mitotic spindle.
Courses: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Fundamental Microbiology.

Davin Vicente

Lecturer, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7875, Email

Courses: Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology of Microorganisms, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Genetics Laboratories.