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TCBES Faculty

Norman Q. Arancon

Associate Professor, Horticulture

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7030, Norman’s Email, Norman’s Website

Office Hours: Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:00 - 11:00 am. Please email to arrange appointment.
Specialization: Crop and environmental science.

Jonathan “Jon” Awaya photoJonathan “Jon” Awaya

Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7180, Jon’s Email

Research: Elemental cycling and secondary metabolite biosynthesis in environmental microbes.
Courses: Fundamentals of Microbiology, Biology of Microorganisms.
Office Hours: Summer 2018 by appt.

Celia T. Bardwell-Jones photoCelia T. Bardwell-Jones

Associate Professor, Philosophy; Gender and Women's Studies Program

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7230, Celia’s Email

Research interests: Feminist Philosophy, American Philosophy, Philosophy of Race and Cultural Diversity

Teaching: Metaphysics, Theories of Knowledge, Philosophy of Nature, Science, Technology and Society, Ethics

Office Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays - 8:50am-9:50am in K229. I am also available for appointment.

James “Jim” P. Beets photoJames “Jim” P. Beets

Interim Dean, College of Natural & Health Sciences

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7506 / (808) 932-7507, Jim’s Email

John H. R. Burns photoJohn H. R. Burns

Assistant Professor, Marine Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7595, John’s Email, John’s Website

Research: coral biology, coral reef ecology, coral epizootiology, quantitative ecology, 3D modeling, data visualization

Courses: Oceanography, TCBES Core Courses, Data Visualization

Lisa Canale

TCBES Internship Coordinator

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7571, Lisa’s Email, Lisa’s Website

Kathryn J. Besio photoKathryn J. Besio

Professor, Geography and Environmental Sciences

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7253, Kathryn’s Email

Courses: Geography and Contemporary Society; Cultural Geography; Food and Societies; Gender, Place and Environment.
Research: Tourism geography, qualitative research methods, research ethics, home gardens and local foods.

Leng Chee Chang photoLeng Chee Chang

Associate Professor

Contact: Tel: (808) 933-2951, Leng Chee’s Email, Leng Chee’s Website

Steven “Steve” Colbert photoSteven “Steve” Colbert

Associate Professor, Marine Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7596, Steve’s Email

Marta deMaintenon photoMarta deMaintenon

Chair & Professor, Marine Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7591, Marta’s Email

I am a marine invertebrate zoologist. My research is mostly on marine snails, with an interest in anatomy, ecology, systematics and taxonomy.

Jesse Eiben photoJesse Eiben

Assistant Professor, Entomology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7153, Jesse’s Email, Jesse’s Website

Specialization: Ecology, evolution and conservation biology.

Armando García-Ortega photoArmando García-Ortega

Associate Professor, Aquaculture

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7031, Armando’s Email, Armando’s Website

Specialization: Aquaculture, Fish Nutrition & Feeding, Best Aquaculture Practices

Joseph H. Genz photoJoseph H. Genz

Associate Professor, Anthropology; Coordinator, Pacific Island Studies Certificate, PISC

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7267, Joseph’s Email, Joseph’s Website

Courses: Cultural Anthropology, Cultures of Oceania, Change in The Pacific

Research: Understanding and helping to ease tensions that have arisen between recent Micronesian migrants and other communities in Hawaiʻi. Cultural revival of voyaging and navigation in the Marshall Islands.

Timothy B. Grabowski photoTimothy B. Grabowski

Unit Leader, U.S. Geological Survey-Hawaii Cooperative Fishery Research Unit; Adjunct Associate Professor

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7575, Timothy’s Email, Timothy’s Website

Research: fish behaviorial and physiological ecology, fish reproduction and early life history, aquatic landscape ecology, fisheries management and conservation.
Courses: Fisheries Ecology, TCBES Core Courses

Mazen L. Hamad

Professor, Chemistry

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7198, Mazen’s Email

Primary Discipline: Analytical Chemistry.
Research: Pharmaceutical systems.
Education: Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Washington.

Patrick J. Hart photoPatrick J. Hart

Chair & Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7182, Patrick’s Email, Patrick’s Website

Research: Ecology and conservation of Hawaiian forests and forest birds.
Courses: Biostatistics, General Ecology, Avian Biology, Field Ornithology.

Maria C. Haws

Director of PACRC; Associate Professor, Aquaculture

Contact: Tel: (808) 933-3289, Maria’s Email

Specialization: Aquaculture, coastal management, climate change adaptation.

Kevin D. Hopkins photoKevin D. Hopkins

Professor, Aquaculture

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7033, Kevin’s Email, Kevin’s Website

Specialization: General agriculture.

Susan “Sue” Jarvi photoSusan “Sue” Jarvi

Professor

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7701, Sue’s Email, Sue’s Website

Marina Karides photoMarina Karides

Chair & Professor, Sociology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7120, Marina’s Email

Courses: Island Feminism; Globalization, Fashion, and Gender; Social Stratification; Japan and Global Social Movements; Queer Studies

Research: Island societies and economic development; post-colonialism; race, class, gender, and sexualities; and global justice movements

Matthew “Matt” Knope photoMatthew “Matt” Knope

Assistant Professor

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7715, Matt’s Email, Matt’s Website

Research: Evolutionary ecology of marine and terrestrial organisms.
Courses: Biostatistics, Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands, Advanced Tropical Island Ecology and Evolution.

Yiqing Li

Associate Professor, Tropical Forest Ecology & Management

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7156, Yiqing’s Email, Yiqing’s Website

Specialization: Tropical forests.

Christopher Lu

Professor, Animal Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7160, Christopher’s Email

Specialization: Ruminant nutrition.

Steven “Steve” P. Lundblad photoSteven “Steve” P. Lundblad

Professor of Geology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7548, Steve’s Email

Disciplines: Sedimentary Geology, Geochemistry, Geoarchaeology.
Education: A.B, Geological Sciences, Harvard University 1985; M.S., Geological Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988; Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1994.

Bruce W. Mathews photoBruce W. Mathews

Dean, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management; Professor, Soil Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7036, Bruce’s Email, Bruce’s Website

Specialization: Environmental agronomy.

Sarah Marusek photoSarah Marusek

Professor, Political Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7129, Sarah’s Email, Sarah’s Website

Courses: Law and Legality; Legal Geography; Law and Identity; Rights; Constitutional Law; Criminology; Law, Property, Environment

Research: Development of 'everyday' jurisprudence in the areas of semiotics, spatiality, and constitutive legal theory.

Karla J. McDermid Smith

Professor, Marine Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7599, Karla’s Email

Jon-Pierre “JP” Michaud

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7201, JP’s Email

Primary Discipline: Toxicology.
Research: Environmental chemistry.
Education: Ph.D. in Pharmacology, University of Arizona.

Jené Michaud photoJené Michaud

Chair & Professor, Geology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7552, Jené’s Email, Jené’s Website

Disciplines: Hydrology, geomorphology, geology.
Education: B.S., Geoscience, University of Washington; M.S., Hydrology, University of Arizona; Ph.D., Hydrology, University of Arizona.

Peter R. Mills photoPeter R. Mills

Professor, Anthropology; Director Heritage Management MA Program

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7268, Peter’s Email, Peter’s Website

Courses: Archaeology, Archaeometry, Internship

Research: Non-destructive sourcing of Polynesian stone tools.

Cedric “Cam” C. Muir photoCedric “Cam” C. Muir

Associate Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7500, Cam’s Email, Cam’s Website

Research: Agro-ecology, ecological genetics of crop species, food security.
Courses: Introductory Biology, Evolution, Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics.

Stan T. Nakanishi photoStan T. Nakanishi

Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7193, Stan’s Email

Research: Investigating the neuromodulatory effects of compounds derived from Native Hawaiian plants.
Courses: Genetics, Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology.

Rebecca “Becky” Ostertag photoRebecca “Becky” Ostertag

Professor, Biology; Program Chair, M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7573, Becky’s Email, Becky’s Website

Research: Long-term forest dynamics in relation to climate change, nutrient cycling, invasive species, and restoration ecology.
Courses: General Ecology, Conservation Biology, TCBES Core Courses.

Adam A. Pack photoAdam A. Pack

Chair & Professor, Psychology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7082, Adam’s Email

Research: Marine mammal behavior and mating systems, humpback whales, spinner dolphins, animal cognition.
Courses: Marine Mammal Behavior, Animal Cognition.

Ryan Perroy photoRyan Perroy

Associate Professor, Geography

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7259, Ryan’s Email, Ryan’s Website

Courses: Remote Sensing, Advanced Geo-Spatial Techniques, Climate Change, Introduction to Geostatistics, Field Methods.
Research: Exploring land degradation and recovery processes, such as erosion and invasive species, using sUAS and remote sensing, X-ray fluorescence, and traditional field methods.

Matthew Platz photoMatthew Platz

Professor, Chemistry

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7968, Matthew’s Email, Matthew’s Website

Jonathan Price photoJonathan Price

Chair & Associate Professor, Geography

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7241, Jonathan’s Email

Courses: Biogeography, Principles of Landscape Ecology, Senior Thesis.
Research: Utilizing GIS to identify biodiversity hotspots for native bird and plant species, search for rare species, and locate appropriate areas for the restoration of threatened and endangered species.

Michael H. Shintaku

Professor, Plant Pathology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7154, Michael’s Email, Michael’s Website

Specialization: Plant virology.

Shihwu Sung

Professor, Applied Engineering

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7155, Shihwu’s Email

Specialization: Environmental Engineering.

Jolene T. Sutton photoJolene T. Sutton

Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7183, Jolene’s Email, Jolene’s Website

Research: Conservation genetics and genomics; Immunogenetics; Genetic pest management
Courses: Genetics; Principles of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science

Li Tao photoLi Tao

Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7179, Li’s Email, Li’s Website

Research: Regulation of cell division, with a focus on the use of in vitro biochemistry and in vivo cell biology to understand the mitotic spindle.
Courses: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Fundamental Microbiology.

Jason P. Turner

Associate Professor, Marine Science

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7598, Jason’s Email

Grady Weyenberg

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7937, Grady’s Email, Grady’s Website

Tracy N. Wiegner photoTracy N. Wiegner

Professor; Faculty Supervisor, UH Hilo Analytical Lab

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7594, Tracy’s Email, Tracy’s Website