RESEARCH BIOLOGIST

I received my Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and my PhD in Evolutionary genetics. My research interests include the study of how genotypes manifest into phenotypes and applying my research to improve insect pest management methods.

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SHEINA SIM
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN

I was raised on the North Shore of O’ahu and received my BA in Biology from Skidmore College. I moved to Hilo to pursue a Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science studying the host preference and distribution of Drosophila suzukii.

KEENA CURBELO
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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECNICIAN

I completed my BA in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and earned my MS on the topic of Wolbachia infections within members of the Hawaiian Drosophilidae and assessing its pattern of transmission.

RENÉE CORPUZ
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POST-BACCALAUREATE FELLOW

I received my Bachelor of Science from Wake Forest University in 2016. My research interests include tracing the spread of populations using genetic markers.

TOMMASO CHIODO
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

I received my Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, and I am in the process of completing my Bachelor of Science studying Tropical Plant Science and Agroecology. My interests are in farm to table and community supported agriculture.

LEHUA PATNAUDE
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE PUPPY

I finished puppy school at the top of my class from a small school in South Bend, IN. I enjoy walks, chasing laser, and adventures. My primary interests involve the rapid consumption of kibble, peanut butter, birthday steak, and fresh ice cubes.

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Lab Alumni

Amberly Buer, 2019-2020

Keoua Dayton, 2018-2019