westKristi West, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Hawaii Loa Campus, AC 311E
Phone: (808) 236-5841    Fax: (808) 236-3590


BIOL 2030 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2031 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
MARS 3802 Marine Mammal Biology
MARS 3803 Marine Mammal Biology Laboratory
BIOL 4940 Biology Seminar
MARS 4910 Seminar Marine Biology
BIOL 4950 Biology Practicum


Postdoctoral Fellow (2003-2005), National Zoological Park and the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Ph.D. Biomedical Science (2002). University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Ph.D. Marine Ecology (2002). L’Universite de la Polynesie Francaise.
M.Sc. Marine Science (1998). University of the Ryukyus
B.A. Marine Science (1996).  University of Hawaii at Hilo.


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My interests could be broadly described as those pertaining to marine mammal biology. The physiology of cetaceans, especially from a nutritional and reproductive perspective is a focal area. I am also interested in describing life-history traits in cetaceans, in particular those for poorly known species. Other interests revolve around marine mammal stranding events and information that can be gained by performing thorough necropsies. This includes the study of disease prevalence and environmental influences on Hawaiian cetaceans.