Evolution

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

Dr. David Carlon - Multidisciplinary approach to species boundaries in tropical reef corals and the genetic structure of keystone species on Pacific coral reefs.

Dr. Kathleen Cole - The evolution of behavioral, morphological and developmental processes among vertebrates, with a concentrated interest in reef fishes.

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. Mark Hixon - The behavioral, population, and community ecology of coastal marine fishes in the context of conservation biology and fisheries ecology.

Dr. Cynthia Hunter - Characterization of genetic diversity and propagation potential of corals for reef restoration and research.

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

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. Timothy C. Tricas - The evolution of fish sensory systems in relation to their ecology and natural behavior on coral reefs; the evolution of sound production and specialized hearing mechanism in butterflyfishes; role of modulators of sensory system performance and control of fish social behaviors.

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

Dr. Brian Bowen - Phylogeography and conservation genetics of marine vertebrates.

Dr. Robert Cowie - Geographic and evolutionary origins of biological diversity; ecological factors influencing distribution patterns and diversity on particular islands and archipelagos; geographic and phylogenetic origins of Pacific island land snails.

Dr. Michael Hadfield - Demography, speciation and extinction of endemic Hawaiian tree snails; comparing genetic identities of 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, molecular, and evolutionary basis of biological pattern formation: formation of metameric body plans, the relationship between radially symmetrical and bilaterally symmetrical organisms, and 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.