Misaki's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Hawaii Roadtrip

MISAKI TAKABAYASHI

Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
University of Hawai'i at Hilo

“I still don't know if I've discovered my entire self-identity because it's a complex thing for everybody.”

INTERESTS:

Science Environment & Nature

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Exploration Self-Reflection Character Societal Pressures Support & Encouragement Dedication Hard Work

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in Australia; her and her friend were the only two women of color in their entire school.
  • Says since she was little, she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up—she’s always been into “ocean stuff.”
  • Earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in biology from the University of Sydney.
  • Then she earned her Ph.D. in marine studies from the University of Queensland.
  • She’s taught marine biology at the University of Hawaiʻi for over 12 years.
  • Her research revolves around coral disease and coral bleaching throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago.
  • While in college, she realized that she was starting to “leave behind” her Japanese heritage when she went to class.
  • That started her interest in the study of identity; she recently earned an associate’s degree in Hawaiian studies.

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