Chris Suchocki

Coral Nursery Manager

I consider myself a generalist with a background in aquatic biology and conservation. My work in the ToBo Lab these days focuses around coral growth and resilience for the purpose of active reef restoration in Hawai’i. I also manage the HIMB Coral Nursery and ToBo Lab Mesocosms while assisting in the general management of the ToBo Lab.

Aside from my aquarist role I have worked on a wide range of molecular projects in the lab. This includes investigating the phylogenetics of the Gila robusta complex, a group of freshwater fishes residing in the Lower Colorado River; work on the Roaops complex, a species complex of Indo-Pacific butterflyfishes; as well as metabarcoding the gut contents of endemic Hawai’i surgeonfishes to investigate diet trends.