I am currently working on my Ph.D. at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. I completed my Master's degree at the School of Marine at Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University in August 2012 and in October 2012 I participated in a month-long coral research cruise to Micronesia aboard the M/Y Alucia with scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

My current research focuses on coral photobiology and histopathology. More specifically, I am investigating the functional role of fluorescent and non-fluorescent proteins in several common Hawaiian corals. While there is some evidence that these proteins serve as photoprotectants to the coral's symbiotic algae, the evidence is not incontrovertible and multiple functions are more likely.

I study corals because they are beautiful and fascinating. Like many other marine conservationists, I am witness to their ongoing decline, and I am hoping that my contributions to science may lead to solutions to the problems threatening coral reefs today.

Please visit the Hunter Lab website for more information on my current project.

Colony counts in Micronesia. Photo by Luis Lamar. Montipora flabellata in Kane'ohe Bay.