Director’s Message

Dr. Judy Lemus, HIMB Interim Director

Aloha, and welina [welcome] to the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, a center of innovation for science and technology, place-based education, and deep community engagement to advance understanding and stewardship of tropical marine ecosystems.

I am very proud and humbled to serve as Interim Director of this amazing institute. We are a community in transition as we seek a new director, but the unparalleled excellence and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students continue to place HIMB at the forefront of scientific discovery and locally relevant solutions to global issues. Explore our website and you will discover we excel in: coral reef biophysical and biogeographical research; coral reef physiology, ecology, evolution, and biodiversity; fisheries research; population-, spatial- and behavioral ecology of marine megafauna; and K-20 marine education and outreach. HIMB is also deeply committed to our local community, and we are proud to work with neighborhood partners such as Windward Community College, the Koʻolaupoku Hawaiian Civic Club, Koʻolau Foundation, Paepae O Heʻeia, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi, and the Kāneʻohe and Kahaluʻu Neighborhood Boards. Whether you are a practitioner of science, indigenous knowledge, education, or community engagement, we are interested in working with you to improve our local and global ecosystems.

As HIMB looks to its future, we know we are standing on the shoulders of giants. The contributions of past researchers and directors are numerous and significant. Our current faculty are building on this foundation in exciting and profound ways, and the future scientific researchers, entrepreneurs, and citizens we are training now will develop creative solutions that are not yet dreamed of. We are priviledged to be a part of it.