Alex Culley

Associate Researcher

Pacific Biosciences Research Center

Phone: (808) 638-1325
E-mail: aculley@hawaii.edu
Web: https://www.viralecologylab.com/

MY RESEARCH

The overarching theme of my research program has been to understand the diversity, dynamics, function, and interactions of wild viruses in sentinel ecosystems in the context of a changing climate.  

C-MĀIKI SYNERGY

Viruses are the most abundant and diverse biological entities on Earth, regardless of the biome, ecosystem or niche. Despite their ubiquity, the ecological role of viruses in the environment remains poorly understood. The transdisciplinary nature of C-MĀIKI and the diversity of niches represented in the Waimea Bay Ahupuaʻa combine to present an ideal framework to elucidate fundamental principles in viral ecology.

IMPACT TO HAWAII

There is relatively little known about the wild virus communities of Hawai’i. This work promises to give new insight into the nature of these communities and how viruses impact the organisms they infect in a representative watershed of cultural significance.

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