Genetics

Dr. Marguerite Butler - Phylogenetic methods which aim to combine phylogenetic relationships (or species pedigree) with ideas of biological process to explicitly modelt he tempo and mode of evolution

Dr. Heinz Gert de Couet - The role of genetic networks responsible for the function of the cytoskeleton utilizing established model systems and making use of the unique fauna of the Hawaiian islands; characterizing developmental pathways involved in patterning the body plan of the native Hawaiian sepiolid squid.

Dr. Leonard A. Freed - The evolution of sexual dicromatism; the evolution of reproductive rate and permanent monogamy; the evolution of introduced birds in Hawaii.

Dr. Peter Marko - The interaction between historical biogeographic and contemporary ecological processes to shape patterns of species diversity in the world’s oceans.

Dr. Steven Robinow - The genetic and hormonal regulation of nervous sytem development in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster; how developmental signals regulate gene expression to control nervous system development and function.

Dr. Robert Thomson - Topology of the tree of life; reliably inferring species level phylogenies; prospects for collecting these data for non-model organisms; how variation in threatened or endangered organisms inform our conservation goals and priorities.

Dr. Les Watling - The taxonomy, biogeography, ecology, and reproduction of deep-sea octocorals.

Dr. Michael Hadfield - The chemosensory mechanisms of marine slugs, with a special emphasis on finding and characterizing the major gene family that specifies chemoreceptor proteins; examining microsatellite DNA sequences to compare genetic identities of endemic tree snails, analyze the degree of inbreeding in very small, remnant field populations, and devise breeding plans for captive-rearing.

Dr. Mark Martindale - The cellular and molecular formation of metameric body plans; the relationship between radially symmetrical and bilaterally symmetrical organisms; the role of the early cleavage program in the segregation of developmental potential in a wide variety of animals which share a mode of embryogenesis known as spiral cleavage.

Dr. Robert Toonen - Evolution of larval life history modes, patterns and consequences of larval dispersal and settlement cues for marine species; phylogeography and population structure in marine invertebrates; quantifying patterns of connectivity and distribution of genetic structure for the purpose of designing marine protected areas (MPAs); stock structure and management of fisheries species; the ecology, biogeography and impact of invasive marine species on Hawaii's coral reef communities.