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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.

41st Annual Tester Symposium! 04.19.16

The 41st Annual Albert J. Tester Symposium took place last weekend. It was a fun three days of excellent student talks, bookended by fantastic lectures from Dolph Schluter (this year's keynote speaker), and followed by an awards banquet at the beautiful Waikiki Aquarium.

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.

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.

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.

Seminar Series »

Biology / Botany Seminar Series

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

Influences of Spatial and Temporal Variability of Sound Scattering Layers on Deep Diving Odontocete Behavior

Adrienne Copeland, Department of Biology

May 13 2016 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

BioMed B-103

A single trait drives incipient ecological speciation in sympatric color morphs of the arceye hawkfish

Jonathan Whitney, Department of Biology

Apr 29 2016 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

BioMed B-103

New insights into the biology and ecology of Hawaiian corals enabled by 3D reconstruction technology

John Burns, Department of Biology, PhD Defense

Apr 22 2016 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

BioMed B-103