School of Life Sciences
The study of Hawaiian algae has a long and fascinating history. The projects in our laboratory span the freshwater, marine, terrestrial, and airborne algal floras of the islands, and include a broad diversity of algal lineages. The Hawaiian archipelago provides a unique location for the study of biodiversity, adaptive radiation and island biogeography. We focus on characterizing Hawaiian algae at the species and community level.
Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
Our lab studies a wide range of topics related to the management and conservation of coral reefs and nearby watershed habitats. Research in our lab tends to focus on the wide diversity of marine invertebrates that inhabit coral reefs but are willing to acknowledge the occasional lesson from vertebrates as well. Much of our work has studied the processes that influence dispersal and recruitment as well as the evolutionary consequences of larval developmental modes among Hawaiian coral reef species to better manage our coastal resources.
Evolution, systematics, and conservation of invertebrates, particularly molluscs and understudied groups such as tardigrades, polychaetes, flatworms, and nematodes. We use a combination of Molecular and phylogenomic approaches for biodiversity discovery and analyses. Our work fundamentally depends on the use of natural history collections for informing research into conservation, disease ecology and climate change.