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

Kristi West, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology


  • 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.

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 2030 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 2031 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
  • BIOL 2032 Anatamoy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 4940 Biology Seminar
  • BIOL 4950 Biology Practicum
  • MARS 4030 Marine Mammal Biolog
  • MARS 4910 Seminar Marine Biology
  • MARS 4950 Senior Science Practicum
  • MARS 6030 Marine Mammal Biology

Teaching Interests/Research:

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.