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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.

Sign up for BIOL 403: Field Problems in Marine Biology for Summer 2020 02.11.20

Sign up for BIOL 403: Field Problems in Marine Biology 
When: Summer session II Monday, July 20th - Friday, August 14th, 2020

Go Fund Me for Grad Student Josh Copus 11.15.19

PhD graduate student Joshua Copus died during a deep research dive in the
Solomon Islands.  Please consider a contribution to help his pregnant wife

Dr. Tim Tricas talks fish sounds and coral reefs on local media 10.07.19

Dr. Tim Tricas will be interviewed on Hawaii's local television media Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Dr.

"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

The road from science geek to being cool: 35 years as a professional phycologist

Dr. Ira Levine, President & Board Chair, Algae Foundation

Feb 14 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm

Bilger 150

Title Forthcoming

Mike McWilliam, HIMB Postdoc UHM

Feb 21 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm

Bilger 150


Eileen Nalley, UHM Marine Biology Graduate Program

Feb 28 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm

Bilger 150