Discover Biology

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.

Open Application Cycle for Graduate Student Research Grants 09.19.14

The Department of Biology offers several research and travel awards for graduate students made possible through donations and endowments from alumni and former faculty.

Seeking Volunteer Field Assistants for Coral Reef Surveys in Kaneohe Bay, Fall 2014 09.10.14

Jamie Sziklay, a PhD candidate of the Department of Biology and the HIMB, is looking for one to two volunteers to help conduct dive and/or snorkel surveys.

Connecting with Alumni Series - September 9 08.05.14

The Biology Department would like to invite you to a special series to connect with Alumus Dillon Yeung, Secondary Education Science Teacher at Kapolei High School.  This seminar will be held on Tuesday, September 9 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at EDM 216.  


UHM Marine Option Program Students Recast and Preserve the History Found in Shipwrecks 09.19.14

The maps the students create will help state and federal agencies monitor the sites and protect them from looters, preserving their place in history.

UH Study: High levels of mercury found in fish substitutions 08.26.14

Dr. Peter B. Marko shows that fish purchased at retail seafood counters can expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels of mercury.

Invasive Lionfish Likely Safe to Eat After All? 07.31.14

According to University of Hawaii''s Christie Wilcox and Dr. Mark Hixon there's a simple way to know for sure whether a lionfish is toxic: test it after it's been cooked.

Faculty Spotlight »

Peter Marko / Amy Moran

Get To Know These Faces: Moran and Marko join UH Mānoa Biology Department

Deadline: Sample Deadline #1
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 5:00pm
Deadline: Sample Deadline #2
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:45pm
Kaipo Perez III, Ph.D.

I studied the flora and fauna at Kahaluˈu Bay, Hawaiˈi so that these resources may be forever perpetuated. 

Derek Wong, M.P.H., M.B.A.

Growing up, I thought life would be just to graduate high school, major something in the health sciences, continue to medical school, be a doctor, and that’s it.  

Victoria Tan, M.D.

I dreamed of being a doctor since high school. At the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), I decided to major in biology because I had an interest in medicine, but also because my interest was in that subject. 

Robert Nelson, M.S., M.F.A.

I am a science filmmaker who started, and currently runs, a company called Untamed Science. That means I take topics in science and I find ways to make interesting and engaging films about them.

Jasmine Infante, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

I was born and raised in Hawaii in a low to middle-income family.  My parents made many sacrifices to provide a good private school education for my two siblings and me.  They instilled in me a desire to improve myself through education and experiences. 

Seminar Series »

Biology / Botany Seminar Series

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

Peter Davies, Cornell

Biotech (GMO) Crops - Science and Sustainability

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Jill Zamzow, Senior Reef Fish Researcher, Coral Reef Ecosystem Division, NOAA

Reef Fish Research Across the Pacific: an Overview of the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division's Fish Team

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Mike Hart, Simon Fraser University

Population Genetics of Speciation in Sea Stars and Humans

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