Bishop Museum’s researchers travel throughout the world, studying, collecting, analyzing and sharing the stories of our environment and diverse cultures. Meet our scientists, and learn about their wide ranging areas of expertise.
Cultural Resources Division
DeSoto Brown – Historian
DeSoto Brown is the longtime gatekeeper of the archives at Bishop Museum, where he helps information seekers unearth all manner of treasures from our vast collection of Hawaiian history.
Marques Hanalei Marzan – Cultural Advisor
Mr. Marzan is currently on staff in the Bishop Museum’s Cultural Resources Division, and is responsible for providing guidance in traditional cultural practices and protocols for the Museum. He also provides greater opportunities for cultural practitioners to learn from the treasures of our past. He shares his understanding and passion of the fiber arts through public presentations, demonstrations, and workshops that restore, in modern culture, the living presence of rare Hawaiian forms, materials, and designs. Drawing upon this foundation of knowledge, Mr. Marzan bridges the traditions of the past with the innovations of the present, creating a dialogue within his work that speaks to the evolutionary continuity of culture.
Mara A. Mulrooney, PhD – Director of Cultual Resources
Dr. Mara Mulrooney holds her degrees from the University of Auckland (Ph.D.), and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her areas of specialization include Pacific archaeology, Geographic Information Systems, chronometric dating techniques, geochemical sourcing of lithic artifacts, and museum studies.
Natural Sciences Division
Allen Allison, PhD – Senior Zoologist
Dr. Allen Allison has worked for the Bishop Museum for 35 years. He has conducted field work in Papua New Guinea since 1973, with support from the National Science Foundation and other sources, and has discovered more than 100 new species of amphibians and reptiles. In 2001 he established the Kamiali Biological Station on the north coast of New Guinea to advance research, conservation, and training in the Pacific region.
Neal Evenhuis, PhD – Senior Entomologist
Dr. Neal Evenhuis is our Senior Research Entomologist and Lead Scientist. In his 40 years at the Museum, he has described over 600 species of insects in 560 scientific articles and and books. He specializes in the taxonomy of Hawaiian and Pacific flies (Diptera), especially long-legged predatory flies (Dolichopodidae). He is also a world expert on bee flies (Bombyliidae) and micro bee flies (Mythicomyiidae). In addition to taxonomy, he conducts bibliographic research and has published a number of biographies of little-known and under appreciated biologists.
Clyde Imada – Research Specialist
Clyde Imada is a research specialist in the Botany department at Bishop Museum. Clyde conducts botanical field surveys, fields plant information requests, identifies plants, edits botanical materials, and interacts with the public upon request.
Kenneth Longenecker, PhD – Assistant Zoologist
Dr. Ken Longenecker is an associate researcher and a 10-year staff member of the Bishop Museum. His work focuses on generating biological information that promotes conservation and sustainable use of marine animals. He has been working in Papua New Guinea for six years.
Richard L. Pyle, PhD – Associate Zoologist, Database Coordinator
Richard Pyle has worked in the Ichthyology collection at Bishop Museum since 1986. He is an Associate Researcher, Database Coordinator, and Dive Safety Officer for the Museum. His main field of expertise involves the taxonomy and biogeography of coral-reef fishes. His other areas of interest include the use of advanced diving technology to document biodiversity inhabiting deeper regions of tropical coral reefs, and also the development of computer database systems (and associated data standards) for managing biodiversity information.
Norine W. Yeung, PhD – Malacology Researcher
Dr. Norine Yeung’s current research interests are focused on understanding the evolutionary mechanisms and processes that generate, maintain, and in some cases, reduce biodiversity. Teaching is central to her research, as an educator of science, policy and management.