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Keiko W. Wilkins

Marine Biologist, Educator and Underwater Photographer

2022 NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar


Keiko Wilkins is a marine biologist and current PhD candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa within the Marine Biology Graduate Program. She is a research assistant within the Richmond Laboratory at Kewalo Marine Laboratory. Her dissertation research explores the effects of microplastics and their associated-chemicals on coral reef health and resilience. She previously earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Miami University (Oxford, OH) exploring zooplankton community trends in lakes within the Pocono Mountains (Lake Ariel, PA). In addition to her research, Keiko is passionate about serving as a role model for underrepresented students. She is the Membership Management and Program Coordinator for Black Women in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Science and a Co-Chair for the North American Lake Management Society's: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion program. In her free time, you can find her exploring the coral while scuba diving or completing a jigsaw puzzle. 

Girl at Aquarium
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Sea creature
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Snorkeling in the Ocean
Jellyfish in Aquarium

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Keiko Wilkins 

Kewalo Marine Laboratory

41 Ahui St.

Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

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