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The Department of Biology at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa teaches its students a greater appreciation and understanding of living systems, using the unique environment of Hawaii as a natural laboratory for study. Learn More >

Students and faculty in the Department of Biology are passionate about their research, and have often received recognition for their work and dedication. See some of our recent achievements.

UH Manoa Biology Faculty Co-author New Book Regarding Amphibian and Reptile Conservation! 07.19.16

The book is entitled "California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern".

41st Annual Tester Symposium! 04.19.16

The 41st Annual Albert J. Tester Symposium took place last weekend. It was a fun three days of excellent student talks, bookended by fantastic lectures from Dolph Schluter (this year's keynote speaker), and followed by an awards banquet at the beautiful Waikiki Aquarium.

Prof. Megan Porter's Work with Opsin Proteins Featured on National Geographic! 02.05.16

The article focused on the evolution and use of eyes in animals.

Biology Professor's research on Cavefish may lead to therapeutic methods in autism, schizophrenia 07.21.16

The research group is led by Prof. Masato Yoshizawa, an Assistant Professor with the Manoa Department of Biology.

Prof. Megan Porter's Research Featured in article in ScienceNews! 07.07.16

Prof. Porter's research "Shedding new light on opsin evolution" helped shed light on the variance and murkiness of animal opsin proteins.

Pia Untalan Olafson

Molecular biologist studying blood-feeding arthropods. Mom. Texas transplant.”  If you’d shown me this byline 25 years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined it was describing my future self...and it all stems from an application I submitted to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Research Fellowship during my second year as an undergraduate at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Lisa A. Privitera

I learned how to SCUBA dive at the age of 14, and made my first “open-water” dive in a cold, dark quarry in Ontario, Canada.  I think I saw two fish; however, this experience sparked my interest in marine biology, and my desire to study in warmer waters, so I began my college education in Florida with the intention of pursuing a career in marine biology.

Seminar Series »

Biology / Botany Seminar Series

Fridays 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. in BioMed B-103

Running with an Innovation: The Evolution and Biomechanics of Gecko Locomotion

Tim Higham, University of California - Riverside

Dec 2 2016 -
3:30pm to 4:20pm

BioMed B-103

Denial of Science: What's a Scientist To Do?

Dr. Mark Hixon, Department of Biology

Dec 9 2016 -
3:30pm to 4:20pm

BioMed B-103

A Synthesis of Coral Reef Community Structure in Hawai‘i and the Caribbean

Mary Donovan, Department of Zoology

Dec 16 2016 -
3:30pm to 4:20pm

BioMed B-103