Arrival in Hawaii


After a busy year as a new UNH faculty member, I’m back in Hawaii! I lived here for 2 years before coming out to New Haven, working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Botany Department at the University of Hawaii. I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Alison Sherwood on an NSF-funded project aimed at cataloging the biodiversity of the freshwater algae of the Hawaiian Islands. Producing the first comprehensive documentation of a tropical freshwater flora is no small feat, and as you can imagine, we still have a lot of work to do! This summer we will be working on various projects that have come out of these interesting collections, as well as starting some new projects integrating freshwater and marine collections. One of our UNH Marine Biology students, Shaunna Kraatz will be here as well, funded through an NSF-REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) grant. Shaunna will be working on our project on the Cladophoraceae, a group of green algae. She will be examining the physiological tolerance of a broadly distributed taxon in this group. More on her project later….

We will documenting our adventures in the field and lab in this blog, so stay tuned!



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