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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.

Volunteer Opportunity: July 18 Beach Cleanup 07.07.14

Kupu's Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment (RISE) program is hosting a beach cleanup at Waimanalo Beach on the morning of Friday, July 18 from 10am to 12pm.

Invasive Algae Huki this June 28th, 2014 06.30.14

This Saturday, June 28th will be an invasive algae huki located at the natatorium side of the Waikiki Aquarium.  Huki means to "pull" or "remove".

Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistants for PhD Dissertation Research - Summer 2014 06.13.14

Jonathan Whitney, a PhD candidate, is currently looking for two unpaid research assistants to help with field collections and lab experiments as part of his PhD dissertation project on Mate Choice

Western Painted Turtle Genome Decoded 11.15.13

Scientists have recently decoded the genome of the Western Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta bellii, one of the most widespread, abundant and well-studied turtles in North America. This freshwater turtle is only the second reptile species for which complete genome sequences have been assembled and analyzed, behind the green anole lizard.

Nanodiagnostics, LLC 11.15.13

Nanodiagnostics, LLC was recently established out of the lab of Kevin Bennett, Associate Professor in Biology. Nanodiagnostics brings novel, sensitive molecular imaging contrast agents to market.

Deep-sea trawling must be banned 10.25.13

Trawling the bottom of the ocean, dragging heavy metal equipment along the seabed at high speed, is the most destructive form of deep-sea fishing in the world. The fishing industry loves it because it is very effective. But it is indiscriminate and leaves behind a trail of devastation.

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

Friday, Mar. 21, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, BioMed B-103

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

Friday, Nov. 22, 3:30 - 4:20 pm, BioMed B-103

Mike Hart, Simon Fraser University

Population Genetics of Speciation in Sea Stars and Humans

Friday, Nov. 15, 3:30 - 4:20 pm, BioMed B-103