Welcome to the Stacy Lab at the University of Hawai'i Hilo. We use a combination of field, greenhouse, and lab (molecular and microscopy) techniques to study plant evolution.  Our studies focus on population divergence and reproductive isolation within Hawaiian plant groups, especially within the landscape-dominant tree genus Metrosideros (’Ohi’a). Current projects in the lab include:

· Phylogeny/Phylogeography of Metrosideros

· Ecological divergence among Metrosideros taxa

· Strengths and stages of reproductive barriers within Hawaiian Metrosideros

· DNA barcoding and phylogeography of Hawaiian Cyrtandra and Clermontia



Read or hear about our research here…

· NSF Discovery: Tracing the Evolution of Forest Trees

· Long Live the Legend: What Makes the ‘Ohi’a Such a Remarkable Tree?

· The ‘Ohi’a Hunter

· People Behind the Science Podcast


Contact Info

Dr. Elizabeth Stacy

Department of Biology/

TCBES Graduate Program
Science and Technology Building 110 
University of Hawai'i Hilo 
200 West Kawili Street 
Hilo, HI 96720 
Phone: 808.932.7715 
Fax: 808.972.7295
E-mail:   estacy@hawaii.edu

The Stacy Lab

Prospective Students

If you would like to join our group to study plant ecology and evolution (at either the undergraduate or graduate level), please send me an email!