College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Catherine Unabia, Ph.D. 

Experience

Assistant Researcher (1999-2000) University of Hawaii Pacific Biomedical Research Center Kewalo Marine Laboratory, Honolulu.

Postdoctoral Fellow (1996-1999), University of Hawaii Pacific Biomedical Research Center Kewalo Marine Laboratory, Honolulu.

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Education

Ph.D.  Zoology, Marine Invertebrate (1996).  University of Hawaii, Manoa.

M.S. Botanical Sciences (1984) University of Hawaii, Manoa. 

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Publications

Unabia, CRC. (2007) Grazing interaction between Smaragdia bryanae (Gastropoda Neritidae) and the seargrass Halophila hawaiiana. Invertebrate Biology: In revision.

Unabia, CRC, M.G. Hadfield. (1999) The role of bacteria in the settlement and metamorphosis of the polychaete Hydroides elegans. Marine Biology 133:55-64.

Unabia, CRC, S. Huang, MG Hadfield, (1999) Soluble and surface-bound bacterial cues for settlement of the polychaete Hydroides elegans. Am. Zool. 38:163A.

Unabia, CRC, M.R. Hagadone, M.G. Hadfield, X-Q Gu, L. Lau, M.A. Tius, (1997). Bioactive marine isonitrile compounds from Hawaiian sponges as models for synthetic nontoxic antifoulant and antibiotic agents. Pp. 3.30-3.36, in, Proc. Office of Naval Research US-Pacific Rim Workshop on Emerging Nonmetallic Materials for the Marine Environment, Brady RF and Park Y eds.

Hadfield MG, C. Unabia, C.M. Smith, T.M. Michael, (1994). Settlement preferences of the ubiquitous fouler Hydroides elegansPp. 65-74, in, Recent Developments in Biofouling Control, Fingerman M, Nagabushanam R and Sarojini R, eds., Oxford & IBH, New Delhi.

Unabia, CRC. (1992). Endemic Hawaiian species radiation in the Neritidae. Pacific Science 46: 323.

Unabia, CRC. (1991) Taxonomic affinities of Neritidae from scanning electronmicroscopy of radular structure. Pacific Science 45: 103.

Unabia, CRC. (1984) Smaragdia (Gastropoda: Neritidae), a seagrass animal. Pacific Science 34: 340.

Invited Papers

Unabia, CRC. (1998) Surface-Microbe-Invertebrate Interactions in Marine Biofouling. Gordon Research Conference on Marine Natural Products, Ventura, Ca.

Unabia, CRC., VJ Paul, MG Hadfield (1998) Signals from biofilms: larval settlement cues for Hydroides elegans. 3rd International Larval Biology Meeting, Symposium on Chemical Ecology.

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Service

Chair, College of Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee (Spring ’07 – present); member since Fall ’04

Chair, General Education Curriculum Subcommittee of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Fall ’06 – present); member since Fall ’05

Laboratory Policy and Procedures Committee (Fall ’06 – present) Board Member and Secretary, Reef Check Hawaii (Fall ’05 – present)

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Grants, Contracts and Awards

2005-2007  Advances in Biotechnology Education Workshop; Three week intensive summer workshop at University of Hawaii with stipends for participation and for student.        

2004 Grant from HPU Trustee’s Scholarly Endeavors Program, Culture of the Marine Cyanobacteria  Symploca Laeteviridis andSymploca hydnoides for bioprocess intensification of metabolite production.  F. David Horgen, Principal Investigator, (Co-investigator with F. David Horgen, Kristina Mojica).     

1995-1999  Department of Defense Center for Excellence in Oceanographic Sciences, to Synthetic Technology Corp. Bioactive marine isonitrile compounds from Hawaiian sponges as models for synthetic nontoxic antifoulant and antibiotic agents. 

1991-1992  Endemic groundsnails in Hawaiian natural area reserves. Natural Area Reserves System, State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

1990-1991  The mollusks of anchialine ponds. Natural Area Reserves System, State of Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources.

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