University of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Oceanography

The Marine Viral Ecology Laboratory (MarVEL) group is part of the Department of Oceanography in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Our group investigates the ecology and diversity of phytoplankton, bacteria and viruses in the sea including human pathogens in coastal waters. We are particularly interested in the diversity of viruses and how viruses influence the ecology and evolution of plankton. A summary of some of our research interests and projects can be found here. Members of MarVEL are affiliated with the Center for Microbial Oceanography - Research and Education (C-MORE), and the Hawaii Ocean Observing System (HiOOS). Some of our previous work was carried out in affiliation with the Pacific Research Center for Marine Biomedicine (PRCMB).


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Last updated August 2013



Congratulations to our most recent graduates:

LaToya James, B.S. Biology with Honors

Gordon Walker

M.S. Oceanography

Olivia Nigro



Our Latest Paper! now available online provides evidence that RNA viruses are much more abundant in seawater than we thought.

Congratulations Alex Culley:

Alex Culley, a longtime and highly valued member of MarVEL, is now an Assistant Professor at Université Laval!

Tu nous manques déjà!