Dr. Dana Scakett






Past Lab Members


Dr. Jeffrey Drazen




Jeff is a professor in the department of Oceanography at University of Hawaii, Manoa. He earned his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (under Dr. Ken Smith) and he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (under Drs. Jim Barry and Bruce Robison). His research interests are the trophic ecology and energetics of fishes in open ocean and deep sea ecosystems. His research has evaluated the use of spatial management strategies for deep water bottomfishes, examined mesoscale variability in micronektonic communities, explored the structure of deep sea and pelagic food webs using stable isotopes and other biomarker techniques, evaluated abyssal fish and scavenger populations as well as mesopelagic and bathypelagic communities in areas that will be mined for metal resources, and examined the structure and function of trench communities including the Mariana Trench. Much of his research has been in collaboration with NMFS scientists and he is a senior fellow of the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research.






Liz Miller



Blake Stoner-Osborne is a PhD student in biological oceanography. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and a B.S. in Marine Science. As an undergraduate, Blake studied coral reef fisheries in Mo’orea, coral bleaching in the Federated States of Micronesia, and food web interactions of frogs from Indonesia and mosquitoes from California using molecular gut content analysis. At UH, Blake uses molecular gut content analysis and compound specific stable isotope analysis to study trophic connectivity between nearshore reef and offshore pelagic food webs in and around the Hawaiian islands.


Blake Stoner-Osborne





Samantha Rickle


Samantha is a recent graduate of the Marine Biology program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is now working as technician in the lab studying micronekton communities in the Clarion Clipperton Zone, a region targeted for future seafloor nodule mining.



Victoria Assad


Victoria Assad is a PhD student in biological oceanography. She graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay in Spring 2020 with a B.S. in Marine Science, B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences - Archaeology, and a minor in Statistics. In undergrad, she was funded by CSUMB's UROC Scholars program and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship to work in the Smith Lab at MBARI studying the impacts of changing food supply on Tergivelum baldwinae. At UH, Victoria’s focus is the impacts of deep-sea polymetallic nodule mining on the ecology of deep midwater communities.

Liz Miller is a PhD student in biological oceanography. Originally from Seattle, she graduated from Bard College where she studied grassland plant ecology and soil microbiology. At UH, Liz uses stable isotope chemistry to study food webs in the deep sea off of Hawai'i and California. She is interested in how microbes influence food supply and trophic interactions in the abyssal realm.


Jesse van der Grient (2019-2022), Sonia Romero (2018-2020), Astrid Leitner (2018-2019), Clifton Nunnally (2012-2015), Dana Sackett (2012-2015) visit Dana's Google Scholar Page, Cordelia Moore (2011-2012)


Graduate students

Jessie Perelman (PhD 2022), Jesse Black (MS 2020), Phoebe Woodworth-Jefcoats (PhD 2019), Astrid Leitner (PhD 2018), Mackenzie Gerringer (PhD 2017) visit Mackenzie's website, Kristen Gloeckler (MS 2016), Anela Choy (MS 2008, PhD 2013) visit Anela's website, William Misa (BS 2009, MS 2012), Nicole Condon (MS 2011), Jason Friedman (MS 2011), John Yeh (MS 2008), Lisa DeForest (MS 2008)




Virginia Moriwake (2007-2015), Chris Demarke (2007-2015), John Yeh (2011-2015), Matthew Waterhouse (2011-2013), Elan Portner (2011-2013), Bo Alexander (2007- 2010)



Tyler Iyomasa (2022), Samantha Rickle (2022), Andrew Tokuda (2021), Erik Klingberg (2021), Sean Holland (2021), Quinn Moon, Sage Morningstar (2019), Yuuki Niimi (2018), Jen Wong-Ala (2017), Jana Phipps (2017), Erica Donlon (2016), Whitney Ko (2014), William Truong (2014), Aharon Fleury (2013), Erica Aus (2012), Jessica Sun (2011), Bryant Dugan (2011), Molly-Jean Martin (2006)



Exchange students

Sonia Romero (2016; PhD student, University of Oviedo, Spain), Kazia Mermel (2014-2015, undergraduate, Carleton College), Suzi Wilson (2010-2011, undergraduate, U. of Glasgow), Krystle Turkington (2007, undergraduate, Hawaii Pacific University), Katrina Loewy (2006, undergraduate, Colorado College)



Sebastian is an undergraduate in the marine biology program. He is currently investigating the habitats and communities residing atop guyots (flat-topped seamounts) within the Pacific Remote Islands National Monument around Wake Atoll and unprotected guyots targeted for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crust mining in the Western Pacific.

Sebastian Martinez

Gina Selig is a PhD student in biological oceanography. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2020 with a B.S. in Marine Science and a minor in chemistry. As an undergraduate, Gina was a class of 2018 NOAA Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholar where she interned with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research as well as the NOAA Office of Coast Survey. Gina’s areas of interest include deep-sea mining, hadal ecosystem studies, and food-web ecology.

Gina Selig

Ande Westerhausen 

Ande is an undergraduate in the global environmental science program. She is evaluating micronekton and krill populations in the CCZ region, a zone targetted for future seafloor nodule mining.

Last updated 10/18/22