Malia Ana J. Rivera, Ph.D. is a faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. Her research background is in marine population genetics and terrestrial molecular systematics. She has focused most of her scientific research on the Hawaiian bottomfish complex, studying gene flow and migration in the endemic Hawaiian grouper, Hāpu‘upu‘u, and native pink snapper, ‘Ōpakapaka.

She has also worked on terrestrial arthropods, examining evolution of cave adaptation in Hawaiian endemic isopods and species radiations in Hawaiian endemic spiders.

Dr. Rivera came to HIMB in 2005 as a faculty specialist to coordinate and manage the HIMB-Northwestern Hawaiian Island (NWHI) Research Partnership, a multi-million dollar grant from NOAA to study the ecosystems of the NWHI. More recently, Dr. Rivera became interested in K-12 and early undergraduate marine education, and in 2006 became the HIMB Education Program Leader. In this position, Dr. Rivera began building new programs to support high school, early undergraduate and public marine science education. Today, her efforts largely center on students that are underserved and underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

For more information, download Dr. Rivera's CV.

Malia explains HIMB's shark research at the ponds at Moku o Lo‘e to visiting students.

Malia snorkeling in Kāne‘ohe Bay, image taken by the camera of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle during field testing.