Mauna in front of Victoria Falls, Zambia

Mauna in front of Victoria Falls, Zambia

I’m Mauna.

I am an evolutionary biologist in the Archie Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. I am fascinated by how microbes around us influence the evolution and behavior of everything around us, from “simple” food preparation to our health and fitness. Before coming to the Midwest, I lived a very full Bay Area life, working at a winery, then biotech startup while volunteering at the San Francisco Zoo. With this micro-oriented skillset and macro outlook on science, my research combines my zoo experience in conservation outreach and bench experience in application-driven science to address major ecological and evolutionary questions.