Professor Barrett researches math education and helps design high school math curriculum for the state of Hawai‘i. Her research focuses mainly on math education, including inquiry in the math and science classroom, pedagogical content knowledge, assessment, and the impact of teacher collaboration on student learning.
Associate Professor Koomoa-Lange researches malignant cancer progression. Her lab investigates the role of ion channel proteins and channel regulatory proteins that are often modulated in cancer and tumor progression.
Professor Higa-McMillan researches evidence-based practices for youth mental health. She specializes in anxiety and depression in, and mental health services for, children and adolescents.
An expert in tropical forest climate, hydrology, ecology, paleo-ecology, wildlife conservation, and ecological studies, Professor Juvik’s most important contribution to the climatological field is development of the “Juvik Fog Gauge,” now used worldwide to provide standardized fog measurements. He’s also an international expert on tortoises.
Professor Panek has contributed significantly to the local canon with two peer-reviewed and award-winning works published by University of Hawai‘i Press.
Professor Johnson is a performing artist who works with oral history, local drama and literature. Her most significant creative work is adaptations and performances of strong female historical figures of the Hawaiian islands.
Prof. Wilson is recognized internationally for his work in Hawaiian language revitalization, notably for providing pathways for other indigenous groups to learn from the highly successful Hawaiian language revitalization work occurring in Hilo.
Professor Shintaku specializes in researching diseases of taro, ginger, and lettuce, all crops of the Hawai’i Island agricultural community.
Associate Professor Haws conducts applied research in industry development, technology transfer and student training. She also specializes in the fields of invertebrate biology, aquaculture and coastal management, and natural resources management policy.
Professor Hon specializes in volcanology, petrology and mineralogy. His research interests concentrate on basaltic volcanoes in Hawai‘i and large ash-flow caldera eruptions.