Kira (Withy-Allen) Hughes
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-236-7455
Fax: 808-236-7443
Research Interests
I am generally interested in research that can positively impact marine ecosystems through conservation, restoration, and management. Being raised in Hawai`i, I am particularly concerned about our coral reefs. I believe that engaging K-12 students and the general public in conservation issues now will have a lasting impact on future marine resource management. I am grateful to work with a team of distinguished researchers and interact with those who have a vested interest in promoting the health of our coral reefs.

M.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Ecology, San Diego State University, 2010
B.S. in Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005


Withy-Allen, K. and K. Hovel. 2013. California spiny lobster (Panulirus interrruptus) movement behaviour and habitat use: implications for the effectiveness of marine protected areas. Marine and Freshwater Research 64, 359-371.

Withy-Allen, K. and K. Hovel. 2009. An introduction to research on the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus). The Lobster Newsletter 22(1): 3-5.

Developed Online Forum for Teachers, 2016 (in partnership with UH STEM Pre-Academy):

Curricula Developed:
Withy-Allen, K. 2007. Life science curriculum. Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research Program.

*= Presentation speaker,  † = Invited speaker, § = Poster presentation
†Hughes, K. "Coral Assisted Evolution". Hawaii Coral Nursery & Restoration Workshop, HI, USA. 2017.

§Withy, K., Boulay, R. and Hughes, K. "Hawaii Science Career Inspiration Program (HiSCI): Engaging K-12 Students & Teachers in Biomedical/Clinical Health Sciences". NIH SciEd Conference, Washington D.C., USA. 2016.

*Withy-Allen, K. and K. Hovel. “Movement and habitat use of California spiny lobsters Panulirus interruptus: implications for marine reserves in Southern California ”. Western Society of Naturalists meeting, San Diego, CA, USA. 2010.

*Withy-Allen, K. and K. Hovel. “Movement and habitat use of California spiny lobsters Panulirus interruptus in Southern California kelp forest habitat”. Benthic Ecology Meeting, NC, USA. 2010.

*Withy-Allen, K. and K. Hovel. “Movement and habitat use of California spiny lobsters Panulirus interruptus in Southern California kelp forest habitat”. Western Society of Naturalists Meeting, Vancouver, BC. 2008. (Graduate Conference Coordinator).

Management Experience

Associate Biologist/Project Manager - Environmental Consulting along the California Coast, 2010-2015

Education Management & Outreach

Program Director for the Hawaii Science Career Inspiration (HiSCI) Program, 2015-2016
     -University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
     -Collaborators: DOE, UH STEM Pre-Academy, STEMPlus, UH Office of STEM
Waikiki Aquarium, 2005-2007, 2015-2016
     -Assisted in Developing “Science of the Sting” Program
     -Instructor for Community Education Programs
Ocean Discovery Institute/Aquatic Adventures, Volunteer, 2007-2015
University of Hawaii GK-12 Program/Curriculum Research & Development Group, 2007
     -Genetics Curriculum Development
UC Santa Barbara, MSI, Research Experience & Education Facility, 2002-2005
     -Assisted with Implementation of the REEF Facility
     -Instructor for Touch Tanks and Floating Laboratory Programs

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Faculty, Southwestern College, CA, 2010 (Biology)
Graduate Teaching Associate, San Diego State University, CA, 2007-2008 (Cell & Molecular Biology)
Science Teacher, University Laboratory School, HI, 2005-2007 & 2015 (Grades 6-12)


2015-2016: Faith Hamamura, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
2008-2010: Leah Segui, San Diego State University/Oregon State University,
2008-2010: Brett Hembrough, San Diego State University/Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Funding Sources

National Science Foundation
National Institutes of Health
California Sea Grant
Unified Port of San Diego
Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation Internship
Robert Harwood Memorial Scholarship


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