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News & Announcements


  • Doctoral student Devynn Wulstein was named a 2020 Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship recipient!
  • Congratulations to doctoral student Brijonnay Madrigal, a 2020 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar.
  • Mariana Rocha de Souza, a student in the doctoral program, was awarded a 2020-2021 American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship.
  • Doctoral candidate Derek Kraft was named to the 2021 Knauss Fellowship Program. He and the other finalists will be placed in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. for one-year fellowships beginning February 2021. Congratulations!
  • Masters student Leon Tran was announced as a NSF GRFP recipient for 2020!
  • One of the 2020 University of Hawai'i at Manoa Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching recpients was our own Dr. Grieg Steward!
  • Florybeth La Valle (PhD, '18) earned a postdoc position with California Sea Grant and the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System.
  • Doctoral candidate Beth Lenz is a Finalist (winner) for the 2020 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program.
  • Mike Henley (PhD program) is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Denise B. Evans Research Fellowship through the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.
  • Congratulations to our faculty and student winners at the 2019 Manoa Awards ceremony: Daniel Coffey (Student Excellence in Research Award), Craig Smith (Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research), and Robert Toonen (Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research)
  • ARCS Foundation's Honolulu Chapter announced its 2019 Scholar Award Winners, including MBGP students Shayle Matsuda (Award in Coral Reef Biology) and Sarah Tucker (Roth Award in Conservation Biology).
  • Congratulations to all the organizers and speakers at the 2019 Tester Symposium, including category winners Carlo Caruso (Best Paper & People's Choice Award), Sarah Tucker (Honorable Mention Best Paper), Eileen Nalley (Honorable Mention Best Paper), Marissa McDonald (Honorable Mention, Best Paper), Shreya Yadav (Best Graduate 5-minute Rapid-Fire Talks), Derek Kraft (Honorable Mention, Best Graduate 5-minute Rapid-Fire Talks), and Patrick Nichols (Art & photo winner in Ecosystems of the ʻAina category)
  • Congratulations to faculty member Rosie Alegado for being named Director of Sea Grant Center for Integrated Science, Knowledge, and Culture in August 2018.
  • Congratulations to Noam Altman-Kurosaki (MS program) for receiving an East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship for 2018-2019!
  • Congratulations to the first of MBGP's PhD graduates in Spring 2017: Mackenzie Gerringer (advisor: Jeff Drazen) and Kaho Tisthammer (advisor: Robert Richmond)
  • 2017 Tester Symposium Winners Announced: Congratulations to MBGP students Shayle Matsuda (Best Paper Award), Chris Wall (Best Paper Award) and Ryan Nichols (Best Rapid Fire Talk) as well as all MB students on their great presentations!
  • Congratulations to Anela Akiona (MS, advisor: Erik Franklin) on being the recipient of the 2017 Fernando Gabriel Leonida Memorial Scholarship!
  • Congratulations to Shreya Yadav (PhD, Advisor: Cynthia Hunter), on being the recipient of a 2017 East-West Center award!
  • Kaho Tisthammer, PhD Graduate
  • Mackenzie Gerringer, PhD Graduate (L to R: Brian Popp, Anna Neuheimer, Craig Smith, Mackenzie Gerringer, Jeff Drazen, Allen Andrews)
  • Shreya Yadav (PhD, 2016 cohort). Bokaifushi, Maldives

Recent Events & Seminars


Following university and Graduate Division directives in response to COVD-19, remaining thesis/dissertation defenses in Fall 2020 will be virtual/online. These will be advertised to our Seminar listserv and (in the case of dissertations, published to the University of Hawai'i calendar); we will also endeavor to list them here as technology/office closings allows.

MBIO 691B seminar is held Fall and Spring semesters on Fridays, 3:30pm in BIL 150.

MBGP in the News

Hawaii Researchers Investigate the How and Why of Coral Reef Bleaching

Hawaii Public Radio news item on coral bleaching includes talks with MBGP students Mariana Rocha de Souza and Shreya Yadav (~4 min., Nov. 18, 2019)

Groundbreaking Video Captures Special Skill Whales Have to Manipulate Their Prey
MBGP faculty member Lars Bejder on HawaiiNewsNow talking about video of bubble-net feeding by humpback whales.
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