Island Biology

While island habitats comprise only 5% of the Earth’s surface, studies on oceanic island biota have contributed key data that underpin modern theories of biogeography, ecology, and evolution.  Situated within one of the most isolated and diverse archipelagos on the planet, SOEST faculty and facilities are well-positioned to investigate species evolution, biodiversity, animal behavior, and species radiation in a world-class natural laboratory.  Hawaii is home to the largest concentration of endangered and endemic species in the country as well as a rapidly growing and urbanizing population center–allowing our staff and students to pioneer real-world solutions, with a uniquely Hawaiian application, to global issues related to sustainability, conservation, and natural resource management.