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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.

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.

Join us for Coffee Hour on the lanai! 10.08.15

Join Life Sciences faculty, graduate students, and staff for Coffee Hour on the Lanai!

Every Friday 10:00am-11:00am, Edmondson Hall 2nd floor Lanai.

Undergrad Helps Discover New Bacterium on Way to Marine Biology Degree! 12.10.15

Vanessa K. Zapeda, who earned her Marine Biology degree in 2014, played an instrumental role in the discovery of the bacterium Terasakiispira papahanumokuakeensis in a pond in the Pearl and Hermes Atoll.

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.

Undergrad Helps Discover New Bacterium on Way to Marine Biology Degree! 12.10.15

Vanessa K. Zapeda, who earned her Marine Biology degree in 2014, played an instrumental role in the discovery of the bacterium Terasakiispira papahanumokuakeensis in a pond in the Pearl and Hermes Atoll.

Dr. Robert Thomson Awarded the University of Hawaii Board of Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research 05.18.15

The Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community.

Mark Reynolds

I finished high school knowing what I wanted to do as a career. I wanted to pursue dentistry, I just wasn’t sure which route I was going to take to get there.  A native Coloradoan, I had always fantasized about the ocean and everything one can think about it; the sun, the fish, surfing, scuba.

Chela Zabin

In 2005, while I was writing the last bits of my dissertation at UH, a job offer from the Smithsonian arrived in my email inbox.  It was an opportunity to continue to do research on invasive marine species, work with some of the top people in the field of invasion biology, and help to develop a laboratory based in the San Fransisco Bay Area.

Seminar Series »

Biology / Botany Seminar Series

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

Movements of reef predators in a small, isolated Marine Protected Area with implications for resource management

Alex Filous, Department of Biology, Masters Defense

Feb 16 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

BioMed T208

Ecology of coral disease in Hawaii and across the Indo-Pacific

Greta Aeby, HIMB

Feb 12 2016 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm

BioMed B-103