Biology Faculty and Staff

Jonathan “Jon” Awaya photoJonathan “Jon” Awaya

Associate Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7180, Jon’s Email

Research: Elemental cycling and secondary metabolite biosynthesis in environmental microbes.
Courses: Fundamentals of Microbiology, Biology of Microorganisms.
Office Hours: Fall 2017- T/TH 9:00am-10:30am, or by appt.

Deborah “Deb” L. Beirne photoDeborah “Deb” L. Beirne

Educational Specialist, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7505, Deb’s Email

Jenni K. Guillen photoJenni K. Guillen

Instructor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7514, Jenni’s 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.

Jacqueline Haggerty

Graduate Assistant; Lecturer, Biology

Contact: Jacqueline’s Email

Patrick J. Hart photoPatrick J. Hart

Chair & Professor, Biology

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

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

Terre Hawkins photoTerre Hawkins

Lecturer, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7752, Terre’s 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, Don’s Email

Matthew “Matt” Knope photoMatthew “Matt” Knope

Assistant Professor

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7715, Matt’s Email, Matt’s 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

Adjunct Professor, TCBES & Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact: Tel: (808) 808 932-7512 Office/ 932-7503 Lab, Jon’s Email, Jon’s Website

Christine “Chris” A. Kornet photoChristine “Chris” A. Kornet

Instructor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7572, Chris’s Email

Courses: Human Anatomy & Physiology, Zoology.

William J. Mautz photoWilliam J. Mautz

Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7511, William’s Email, William’s Website

Research: Environmental physiology, biology of reptiles and amphibians.
Courses: Ecological Physiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology.

Cedric “Cam” C. Muir photoCedric “Cam” C. Muir

Associate Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7500, Cam’s Email, Cam’s 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 photoStan T. Nakanishi

Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7193, Stan’s Email

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

Rebecca “Becky” Ostertag photoRebecca “Becky” Ostertag

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

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7573, Becky’s Email, Becky’s 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 photoAdam A. Pack

Chair & Professor, Psychology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7082, Adam’s Email

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

Jolene T. Sutton photoJolene T. Sutton

Assistant Professor, Biology

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

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

Li Tao photoLi Tao

Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7179, Li’s Email, Li’s 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 photoDavin Vicente

Lecturer, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7875, Davin’s Email

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