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As an instructional unit of the College of Natural Sciences, the Zoology Department provides degree programs that offer a strong foundation and mastery of the various biological sub-disciplines associated with zoology and prepare students for careers in research or teaching.

Faculty and graduate student research interests include animal behavior; comparative physiology and endocrinology; developmental biology; evolutionary biology; biochemistry, neurobiology; and population and community ecology. Because Hawaii is an island environment, there is heavy emphasis on the marine aspects of these fields.


The discipline of zoology draws heavily from many subjects collected for the colleges of Natural Sciences, Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and the School of Ocean Earth Sciences and Technology. The newly reorganized collection at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology will become an important source of material in the future. Zoology faculty and graduate students frequent the facility and have ready access to the collection. The research needs of faculty and graduate students are taken into consideration when selecting for this collection.


Language: English is preferred. The collection contains some material in Western European and Slavic languages. Asian language material is housed in both the Science and Technology area and the Asia Collection.

Chronological: No limitations, but the emphasis is on current theories and research.

Geographic: Interests of the department are global, but most of the research is focused on the Pacific basin and tropical regions. The collection of materials from other areas is generally limited to regional studies.

Date of Publication: Current materials are emphasized; gaps are filled as needed; rare and historical materials may be acquired as gifts.

Type/Format of Materials Collected: Monographs on current research in the field; upper level texts; government publications; conference proceedings; selected United States and foreign dissertations; print and electronic forms of indexes, abstracts, and bibliographies; handbooks and dictionaries; and serials. Excluded are manuscripts, reprints of articles within serials, house organs, and private and company files.

Treatment: Historical; primary sources and documents; applications, practices, and methods; computer-related; equipment used in; biographical; reference and bibliographical; statistical and mathematical; textbooks; professional and applied training; and reports on scientific experimental results. Excluded are manuscripts, reprints of articles within serials, house organs, and private and company files.

Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: David E. Coleman

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