Welcome to the Rappé Laboratory at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology

The Rappé laboratory for aquatic microbial ecology is located at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), a research institute in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  The HIMB is located on Moku o Loʻe (also known as Coconut Island) in Kāneʻohe Bay, about a 30-minute drive from the main university campus on the windward side of the island.

Using a variety of approaches (genomics, molecular biology, microbial oceanography, and traditional microbiology), research in the Rappé Lab focuses on the diversity, evolutionary history, ecology, and physiology of microorganisms that inhabit coastal and open ocean seawater, corals, coral reef environments, and the deep subsurface biosphere.