Michael G. Hadfield, P.D.

Professor, Kewalo Marine Laboratory
Professor, Department of Biology


Stanford University, Ph.D (Biological Sciences)

University of Washington, M.S. (Zoology)

University of Washington, B.A. (Zoology)

Research Interests

Settlement & metamorphosis of marine invertebrate larvae, emphasizing experimental analyses of metamorphic inducers and larval responses at the cellular level; marine biofilm bacteria as inducers of larval settlement; biofouling demography, evolutionary and conservation biology of endemic Hawaiian tree snails, utilizing both field and lab studies.

Selected Publications

Hadfield, M. G. 2011.  Biofilms and Marine Invertebrate Larvae: What Bacteria Produce That Larvae Use to Choose Settlement Sites.  Annual Review of Marine Science 3: 453-470.

Tran, C. and M. G. Hadfield. 2011. Larvae of Pocillopora damicornis (Anthozoa) settle and metamorphose in response to surface-biofilm bacteria.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 433: 85-96.

Huang, Y., C. Callahan and M. G. Hadfield. 2012. Recruitment in the sea: bacterial genes required for inducing larval settlement in a marine worm. Scientific Reports 2:228 | DOI: 10.1038/srep00228.

Hadfield, M. G. 2012. Molecular clue links bacteria to the origin of animals. eLife 2012;1:e00242.

M. McFall-Ngai, M. G. Hadfield, T. Bosch, et al. (2013) Animals in a bacterial world, a new imperative for the life sciences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi/10.1073/pnas.1218525110.

Contact Info

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(808) 539-7319 (ph)
(808) 599-4817 (fax)
Kewalo Marine Laboratory
41 Ahui Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

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