Misaki Takabayashi

Misaki Takabayashi

Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences


University of Hawai'i at Hilo

Hilo, HI USA


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

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Molecular Biology
University of Sydney
graduate
Graduate
Marine Sciences
University of Sydney
doctorate
Doctorate
Marine Sciences
University of Queensland
associates
Associate's Degree
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
Hawaii Community College
Career

Career

Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

I am a marine biologist and associate dean who supports the academic needs of students at UH Hilo.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Environment & Nature
Environment & Nature
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I select recipients of scholarships.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication skills are a must!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Know that you can do anything you set your mind to no matter what!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Molecular Biology
graduate
Graduate
Marine Sciences
doctorate
Doctorate
Marine Sciences
certification
Associate's Degree
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You need to blend in more and not stand out. "

Challenges I Overcame

LGBT
First-Generation Immigrant