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Former UH Botany graduate student wins plant conservation award at 2016 IUCN

Lauren Weisenberger, Oahu Army Natural Resource Program propagule mangement specialist, collects seeds from the endangered Chamaesyce herbstii plant.Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Weisenberger, a graduate of UH Botany’s PhD program, on being awarded the David Given Award for Excellence in Plant Conservation for her exceptional contributions to conservation of rare plants in Hawaiʻi! Dr. Weisenberger was presented with the global award on September 2, 2016 at the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) meeting, held in Honolulu. She is currently employed with the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program, Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi.

UH Mānoa botanist wins global recognition for plant conservation

Fall 2016 Botany Seminars

Please join us on September 8th from 12-1pm in St. John 007 for our first Botany seminar of the new academic year! Dr. Heather Spalding (postdoctoral fellow, UHM Botany) will be giving a talk entitled “MESOPHOTIC MACROALGAE ACROSS THE HAWAIIAN ARCHIPELAGO: DECIPHERING THE DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTION OF DEEP LIMU”. See you there!

Local student interested in our MS program? Apply for a Hauoli Mau Loa Foundation GAship!

Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation, CNS, and SOEST are pleased to announce the availability of three graduate assistantships for local students dedicated to careers in natural resource management in the state of Hawai‘i. Download more information on our graduate application pages.

News from the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Bioblitz 2015

UHM Botany Endowed Scholarships, Fellowships, and Graduate Student Assistantship awards for 2015-2016

The UHM Department of Botany has awarded $115,600 of Endowed Scholarships, Fellowships, and Graduate Research Assistantships for 2015/2016 to the following Botany Undergraduate and Graduate students.


Beatrice Krauss Fellowship Fund in Botany
Matthew Bond
Dane Gonsalves
Georgia Hart
Ashley McGuigan
Gioconda Lopez Vargas

Isabella Aiona Abbott Endowed Undergraduate Botany Fund for Excellence
Coral Bielecki
Kayla Arthur

Torrey-Degener-Rock Scholarship Endowed Fund
Amy Hruska
Erin Datlof

Charles H. Lamoureux Fellowship in Plant

Conservation Fund
Joshua Hibit
Casey Jones

Winona Pi’ilani Char Scholarship
Nadia Stanis
Kari Bogner
Michael Coe
Emily Grave
Tressa Hoppe
Katie Lund
Coral Bielecki
Ho’oleia Kaeo

G. P. Wilder Endowed Graduate Research Assistantship
Kari Bogner
Erin Datlof
Emily Johnston
Rachael Wade

No new admissions to the BS in Ethnobotany degree program

  • Students declared in the BS Ethnobotany major will have until Spring 2020 to graduate.  No Ethnobotany degrees will be awarded in Summer 2020 or later. 
  • If students pursuing a degree in BS Ethnobotany do not graduate by Spring 2020, they will be changed over and subject to BS Botany (or BA Botany, if requested) major requirements.
  • Ethnobotany classes will continue to be offered
  • The Ethnobotany Minor will not be affected and will continue to be available.

Declared Ethnobotany majors: Please keep in mind that SHOULD you decide to change your major OUT of Ethnobotany after April 7, 2015, you will not be allowed redeclare Ethnobotany.

Download the Department of Botany Brochure here!


The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly of Honolulu is honoring UH alumna, innovative researcher and UH educator Dr. Lani Stemmermann through a $204,000 pledge to create the Dr. Lani Stemmermann Endowed Fellowship. This endowment will support graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in Botany, in the Department of Botany University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences.

UHPA scholarship in memory of Lani Stemmermann – Press Release