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Dr. Jeffrey Drazen




Jeff is a professor in the department of Oceanography at University of Hawaii, Manoa. He earned his Ph.D. 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.


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Blake Stoner-Osborne is a Ph.D. 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.


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Victoria Assad (she/her)


Victoria Assad is a Ph.D. candidate 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 various scholarships to work in the Pelagic Benthic Coupling Lab at MBARI studying the impacts of changing food supply on Tergivelum baldwinae. At UH, Victoria’s focus is the ecology of mesopelagic micronekton in an eastern CCZ deep-sea mining site, focusing on oxygen minimum zone specialization and resiliency.


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Liz Miller is a Ph.D. student in biological oceanography. Originally from Seattle, they graduated from Bard College where they 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. They are interested in how microbes influence food supply and trophic interactions in the abyssal realm.


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


Graduate Students

Gina Selig (MS 2023) Knauss Fellow, Jessie Perelman (PhD 2022) Google Scholar, Jesse Black (MS 2020) ResearchGate, Phoebe Woodworth-Jefcoats (PhD 2019) NOAA Fisheries, Astrid Leitner (PhD 2018) Astrid's website, Mackenzie Gerringer (PhD 2017) Mackenzie's website, Kristen Gloeckler (MS 2016) ResearchGate, Anela Choy (MS 2008, PhD 2013) Anela's website, William Misa (BS 2009, MS 2012) ResearchGate, Nicole Condon (MS 2011) MSC, Jason Friedman (MS 2011) Google Scholar, John Yeh (MS 2008) ResearchGate, Lisa DeForest (MS 2008) ResearchGate



Samantha Rickle (2022), 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.

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Harold Carlson is a Ph.D. student in biological oceanography. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2022 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in Earth Sciences. As an undergraduate he studied geobiology, coral genetics and symbiosis, and as a NOAA Hollings Scholar studied deep-sea coral distribution in the North Atlantic. At UH, Harold uses ROV video data to investigate the biogeography of benthic communities around the deep Pacific.


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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.

Aaron Judah is a Masters student in biological oceanography. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, he

graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.S. Honours in Marine Biology and minors in ocean science and environmental science. During his undergraduate degree, Aaron worked on research and science outreach focused on the functional ecology and conservation management of marine biodiversity, especially sharks and rays and coral reef fishes. At UH, Aaron studies the ecology of Pacific deep-sea communities and the potential benefits of marine protected areas, with an overarching goal of understanding the ecological roles and conservation of fishes in the deep sea.


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