Office: CTSA Building
The Oceanic Institute
Phone: (808) 236-3563

K. David Hyrenbach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Oceanography


  • Ph.D. Oceanography (2001). Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • B.S. Ecology, Behavior & Evolution (1993). University of California San Diego

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 3010 Hawaiian Natural History
  • BIOL 3081 Ecology Laboratory
  • BIOL 4090 Biometry
  • BIOL 6090 Advanced Biometry
  • MARS 4040 Seabird Ecology & Conservation
  • MARS 440 Marine Conservation Biology
  • MARS 6040 Sebird Ecology & Conservation
  • MARS 6300 Multivariate Applications in Marine Science
  • MARS 6400 Marine Conservation Biology
  • MARS 6910 Current Topic in Marine Science
  • NSCI 3950 Natural Sciences Practicum
  • NSCI 6120 Graduate Seminar II - Thesis Presentation
  • NSCI 6900 Master's Research
  • NSCI 7000 Master's Thesis

Message for Prospective Students

Teaching Interests/Research:

My main research interests are the oceanic habitats of far-ranging pelagic vertebrates (seabirds, turtles, cetaceans, tunas), and the physical mechanisms (upwelling, convergence) that define predictable areas of enhanced biological activity in pelagic systems. My objective is to incorporate an understanding of natural history and oceanography into the design of management and conservation strategies (i.e., gear modifications, area closures, Marine Protected Areas) to protect highly mobile pelagic species and their dynamic habitats.