Matthew Bond

Ph.D. Candidate | Botany
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

My Skills

Biocultural Research
Science Communication
International Fieldwork
Teaching, Teamwork, and Leadership


A visitor (Yellow-bibbed Lory) during interviews in Solomon Islands

I have been fascinated by plants and nature since childhood. Around age seven, I started to collect and dissect plants in a manner that was eerily similar to my future university taxonomy and physiology classes. I couldn’t wait to be old enough (nine!) to join my local youth garden club. Joining and later leading this club showed me how horticulture could unite people of all ages and backgrounds. This realization helped to identify my passion: investigating the relationships between people, plants, and the environment and sharing these relationships with others.

I’m currently a third-year Ph.D. Student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Although I was born in Ontario, Canada, my research has taken me to many Pacific and Caribbean Islands, as well as North, Central, and South America to study biological and cultural diversity; conservation; and how people use plants for food, art, medicine, clothing, religion, etc.