You can work with scientists involved in many different aspects of
research in biodiversity and conservation in the Pacific. Here are some
of the things that people are doing. Click on their name and find out
Faculty Mentors -- Areas of Interest
Faculty Mentors -- Contact Info
Ecology and Conservation
Some researchers, including
conduct research on different aspects of the biology of coral reefs
Throughout the Pacific, from the beaches to the ocean floor, you
can find a variety of marine invertebrates. To
learn how these animals find a place to live and the mechanisms by
which new species are invading these habitats contact
What are the processes that influence dispersal and recruitment in
coastal marine invertebrates? Michael Hadfield's lab studies
larval settlement and recruitment. Robert Toonen
is studying the evolutionary consequences of larval development in Hawaiian coral reef
Karl and Rob
Toonen's groups also study the biology of
fishes associated with coral reefs.
Celia Smith and Florence Thomas work on native and invasive algae of the coral reefs. Alison Sherwood studies diversity, phylogeography, systematics, evolution and ecology of the marine, freshwater and terrestrial algal floras of the Hawaiian islands.
Do you love working outdoors? Gail Grabowsky is interested in a variety of topics related to marine and terrestrial ecology and conservation.
Curt Daehler studies the ecology of invasive plants both in the forests and in marine and coastal environments. Cliff Morden's group uses the most modern techniques to understand the population and community relationships of native and non-native plants in Hawaii.
Megan Donahue studies the changing environment of traditional Hawaiian fishponds. To fully understand these changes, the Donahue group is conducting intensive research on the hydrodynamics of water flow in the ponds. Florence Thomas also has an interest in the impacts of alien algae on the fishponds.
Are you are interested in discovering new species and conserving nature
through providing fundamental information on the diversity of life?
There is an amazing diversity of terrestrial and arboreal snails on the
different islands. To understand their evolution and
extinction, contact Michael
Hadfield or Brenden Holland.
is interested in the systematics, ecology and evolution of terrestrial plants, especially ferns
which are notable for their diversity and abundance in Hawaiian forests.
Researchers in Dave Carlon's and Rob Toonen's labs use molecular approaches to study diversity and population biology of Hawaiian marine animals.
Alison Sherwood is interested in understanding the diversity of algae species that occupy the streams and taro fields of Hawaii.
Development and Evolution
studies phylogenetics, adaptive
radiation, functional morphology and sexual dimorphism
variety of organisms including lizards, frogs and damselflies. Other
researchers among the URM mentors also have interests in the evolution
of Pacific Island snails
), coral-reef organisms
) and plants
Genes, Development and the Environment
How do genes and their biochemical products influence the development of organisms and the interaction of the organism with its environment? These are questions being asked by Steve Robinow
in his studies of transporter genes
in fruit flies.
studies genetic variation at the DNA level
in insects and other organisms. Michael
Hadfield's group carries out similar studies on marine bacteria and invertebrates, and Pacific Island tree snails.
Cliff Morden's lab examines the genetic variation among native Hawaiian plants.
Many of our species are in perilous danger of extinction. What do you
do about the last remaining individuals of a species?
Find out what is being done for snails
by contacting Michael Hadfield or Brenden Holland,
and for corals by contacting Rob Toonen.
Have you ever watched a mystery or detective show trying to figure out
who the killer was? Robert Richmond and his colleagues are developing
techniques for figuring out if and which pollutants may be responsible
for coral reef decline through the use of molecular biomarkers. Abby Collier's research focuses on the impacts of environmental endocrine distruptors on human pregnancy, as well as other impacts of environmental toxicology.