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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.

Music for Uhu: Conservancy Concert

Coral reefs face a large variety of challenges. From climate change, to overfishing and local pollution, coral reefs are under threat.

28th Annual Symposium on the Maritime Archaeology & History of Hawai'i and the Pacific

President's Day weekend, February 18–19, 2017. Co-sponsored by The Marine Option Program and NOAA Sanctuaries.

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.

Pia Untalan Olafson

Molecular biologist studying blood-feeding arthropods. Mom. Texas transplant.”  If you’d shown me this byline 25 years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined it was describing my future self...and it all stems from an application I submitted to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Research Fellowship during my second year as an undergraduate at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Lisa A. Privitera

I learned how to SCUBA dive at the age of 14, and made my first “open-water” dive in a cold, dark quarry in Ontario, Canada.  I think I saw two fish; however, this experience sparked my interest in marine biology, and my desire to study in warmer waters, so I began my college education in Florida with the intention of pursuing a career in marine biology.

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Biology / Botany Seminar Series

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