Interview for New Scientist

Nicole was recently interviewed by New Scientist magazine to discuss tropical orchids and their mycorrhizal fungal networks.


New paper in PNAS!

We’re very excited to announce our most recent publication on the bacterial microbiome of O’ahu’s Waimea Valley. This study reflects the efforts of our longstanding collaborations among numerous faculty from a diversity of disciplines here at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who are all part of our institute C-MAIKI (Center for Microbiome Analysis through Island Knowledge and Investigation).

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Congrats Thomas and a hui ho!

Congratulations to lab member Thomas Chapin who successfully defended his MSc over the summer on the application of local mycorrhizal fungi for native Hawaiian orchid conservation. Here’s a link to his defense online.

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Nicole recently gave a keynote talk at the International Conference on Mycorrhizas, take a look!

Here is a link to Nicole’s ICOM talk on “Mycorrhizal -omics as a tool for restoration: what can amplicon sequencing tell us about ecosystem recovery?”

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Big Congrats to lab member Kacie!

Kacie has been an undergraduate research assistant in the lab for 4 years and is starting her Master’s this fall. She’s received the prestigious Hau’oli Mau Loa Fellowship as well as just gotten her first publication published in New Phytologist! This study was part of her Undergraduate Research Project in as part of our larger study examining the role of mycorrhizal fungi in native Hawaiian forest restoration. Congrats Kacie!


We’re hiring postdocs!

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The Hynson Lab and Medeiros Lab ( are hiring two new postdoctoral positions to work on a recently funded National Science Foundation Rules of Life Project

We are looking for applicants with expertise in one or more of these areas:
Aquatic food web ecology with experience setting up manipulative experiments
Fungal biology/ecology including field and/or labbased studies
Microbial ecology, with experience generating and analyzing high throughput amplicon
sequencing data.

Interested parties should email the following to Matthew Medeiros ( and
Nicole Hynson (
A brief cover letter outlining your background relevant to the project and how you meet the
minimum qualifications.
A current CV with a list of 3 potential references and their contact info.