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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.

Dr. Kathleen Cole Elected President of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists 09.11.19

Dr. Kathleen Cole, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, has been elected President of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH).

Forget ‘Game Of Thrones,’ The Real White Walkers Are Coming 07.17.19

In anticipation of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” social media were abuzz with speculation that the dreaded white walkers were a parable of coming climate disruption. “Winter is here!” was the ominous warning. Fortunately, humanity was saved instantly by a single, well-placed stab by Arya Stark. Reality is much more challenging.


"Why Americans are letting the oceans die …and why there is still hope" 04.16.19

Check out this awesome article by Dr. Mark Hixon for Stanford University's Millenium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere: 

"Lionfish invasion focus of research model" 06.27.19

A new model developed by marine biologists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and University of Alberta is providing insight into the impact of lionfish, a venomous predatory fish that has invaded more than 7.3 million square kilometers in the Atlantic

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.

Annie Do

Biology was never my forte. In high school, I was exceptionally average in my biology courses. It was with great ambition and bravery that I decided to make it my primary major entering college and I can say that the program at UH Manoa challenged me in many ways. If not for this challenge, I would not have the career opportunities I currently have. I had always had a passion for helping people and decided that working in healthcare would be my ultimate career goal. My intent was to gather the educational background needed to prepare for a career in medicine.

Lynn Luu

My time as a UH Manoa student prepared me immensely for my future life because I was compelled to broaden my horizons through clubs, community service, and research. At first, I did not know what I wanted to do as my career goal other than the fact that I leaned towards health sciences such as the pre-medical and pre-pharmacy route.

Seminar Series »

Biology / Botany Seminar Series

Fridays 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. in BIL 150

Leveraging quantitative ecology for environmental management & decision-making

Catherine Foley, UH Manoa

Oct 4 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm

Bilger 150


Matt Pennell, UBC

Sep 27 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm

Bilger 150