People

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People

Principal Investigator

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Nicole Hynson

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email: nhynson [at] hawaii [dot] edu

I received my Ph.D in 2010 from the University of California Berkeley where I worked in the Bruns Lab. After which I was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Kathleen Treseder at the University of California Irvine.

I study the ecology of plant and fungal communities. I employ a multifaceted approach to my research by using tools from molecular biology and physiology in a range of settings from microcosms to field sites across continents. I am enthusiastic about teaching and mentoring and have a passion for the natural world, especially fungi.

I am originally from Maui, but mostly grew up on the continent. My family has a long history on the Islands and I consider Hawaii home. Some activities that I enjoy are hiking, mushroom hunting, and cooking. 

  

 

Current Lab Members

Staff & Postdocs

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Sean Swift
email: swifts [at] hawaii [dot] edu

I am a research technician in the Hynson lab working with mycorrhizal communities of intact, disturbed, and restored habitats in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge and C-MAIKI. I completed my M.S. in Biological Sciences in Dr. Brian Perry’s lab at California State University, East Bay. As a graduate student, I worked on foliar endophytic fungi of native Hawaiian dicots with a particular focus on the plant genus Scaevola. Born and raised on Maui, I am grateful to be back doing research in the islands. 
 
 

   
 
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Kirsten Cannoles
email: kkc25 [at] hawaii [dot] edu

I am a research technician in the Amend and Hynson labs working on the C-MAIKI project looking at the microbiome of the Waimea watershed. I received my B.A. in Biology from the University of Hawai’i Hilo. I first began working in a molecular lab during my undergraduate studies at USDA ARS PBARC before moving on to infectious disease research at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. I was born and raised in Hilo, but I am excited to here on Oahu and consider the islands to be my forever home. I am very thankful to be working on such a unique and exciting project with support from a variety of experienced researchers.

 
 
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Cameron Egan
email: cpegan [at] hawaii [dot] edu

I am a Postdoc in the Hynson lab, and will examining the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi and ericoid mycorrhizal (ErM) fungi in aiding the restoration of native tropical forests in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on the Big Island of Hawai’i. I am interested in all things related the ecology and evolution of AM fungi. I received my PhD in Biology from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan where I studied under Dr. John Klironomos. During my PhD I examined different factors that influence the structure of naturally occurring AM fungal communities including their dispersal, the relative role of host selection vs habitat selection, and fungal-fungal interactions. I am excited to be joining the Hynson lab, and for the opportunity to study mycorrhizal fungi in a notoriously understudied system. 

 
 

Graduate Students

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Leah Thompson
email: leahpmt [at] hawaii [dot] edu

I am a Master student in the Botany department. My research focuses on ectomycorrhizal fungal dispersal. The goal of my research is to understand how ectomycorrhizal fungi are aiding in non-native pine invasions on Maui. I’m originally from Oregon and also earned my B.S. at the University of Oregon. I love all things botany and mycology, so I’m excited to learn more about plant and fungal interactions in the Hynson lab. Outside of school I enjoy hiking, drinking tea, and playing music.

 
   
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Jerry Koko
email: jerryk [at] hawaii [dot] edu

I am a PhD student in the Department of Botany. My research involves the mycorrhizal fungi associated with native Hawaiian plants. The goal of my research is to learn more about the identities and distributions of these fungi to better our understanding of Hawaiian ecology. It is my hope that this research would lead to helping the restoration of native ecosystems.

 
 
 Undergraduate Students
 
 
 
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Danyel Yogi
email: danyelk [at] hawaii [dot] edu

I am an undergraduate in the Microbiology program, born and raised in Kailua. My passion lies in protecting and restoring native Hawaiian ecosystems from mauka to makai by studying what cannot be seen at first glance. My goal is to become an environmental microbiologist to fulfill my passion every day. Outside of the lab I enjoy brunch, coffee shops, and dancing hula.

 
 
 
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Megan Ishii
email: megnoelani15 [at] gmail [dot] com

I am a recent college graduate looking to spend my gap year expanding my knowledge of botany. Born and raised on Oahu, I’ve spent most of my life in Manoa and the Windward side. Although my ultimate goal is to pursue a career in medicine, I am drawn to the Hynson lab through my love of hiking and native plant preservation.

 
 
   
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Terrance (Terry) McDermott
email: tmcdermo [at] hawaii [dot] edu

I am currently an undergraduate in the Botany program. I hope to continue my education at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and pursue a Master’s degree in Ethnobotany. My primary interest is in the traditional uses medicinal plants and organisms, in various cultures around the world. I previously earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology from Notre Dame College and spent ten years as a soldier in the United States Army.

 
  
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Kacie Kajihara
email: kaciekaj [at] hawaii [dot] edu

I am an undergraduate student in the Molecular Cell Biology program.  I am excited to learn about the workings of research and explore the diverse applications of fungi.  Aside from science, I am involved in music as an oboe player in the University band.  I hope to study medicine and one day practice here in Hawaii.

 
 
 Lab Alumni
Postdocs
Laura Tipton
 
Graduate Students
Erin Datlof (MSc Recipient 2017)
 
Undergraduates
Tanja Lantz Hirvonen
Sherilyn Munroe
James Downey
Leo Louis
Emily Grave 
Avalon Coley
Rachel Goldberg
Chaewon Im
Suzanna Leiu
Josh Serrano
 
High schoolers
Anna Landler

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