• Students taking Weed Science class followed a schematic map and built the outline structrure of a chicken tractor in less than 15 minutes.

    Hands-On Training at Magoon
  • PEPS faculty and students showcased how exciting it is to study in Tropical Agriculture and the Environment and Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences.

    Excited about TAE and PEPS
  • TAE student, M. Mawae, taking PEPS Capstone course received one-on-one training from graduate student, G. Miarkiani. She got hands-on experience on how to make circuit boards, install sound traps, and create other environmentally friendly traps to capture mosquitoes while avoiding non-target species.

    TAE Capstone
  • T. Lendt gained proficient skills in microscope work to study plant host preference of a native bee in Hawaii, Hylaeus yellow-faced bee, in Dr. Krushelnyck’s lab.

    Yellow-Faced Bee
  • Megan @ Monsanto
  • Mark @ Monsanto
  • Slide Sho 3
  • Nikki&Gabe
  • Student graduates from PEPS are very successful in getting jobs with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture



Tropical Agriculture and the Environment Program

Students graduate from our undergraduate program will be prepared for employment in highly-skilled ag related jobs, urban pest management, science education, government agencies, ag industries, and other environmental resource management professions or graduate studies.

TAE in the Spotlight

TAE major offers numerous career paths for students interested in becoming part of scientific solutions to some of the most pressing issues we face in the 21st century.

Why get a certificate in Pest and Pathogen Management under TAE?

Sustainable production of food and fiber for the 9 billion human inhabitants on earth and ensuring productive green space for people is no easy task. Students with a desire to sustainably feed the world, a passion for protecting plants in the environment, a love of plants in their varied and beautiful forms, or to be a member of the nearly trillion-dollar agricultural sector, will find Tropical Agriculture and the Environment (TAE) right for them.

TAE is the major for students interested in learning how to responsibly manage plants, pests, soils, and water resources in our agricultural and urban landscapes.

Students in TAE learn environmental stewardship for a sustainable earth.

Visit TAE program website http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ctahr/tpss/future-students and learn more about how the program is right for you.

If you are specifically interested in pest, insects, plant pathogens, weeds, or invasive pest management, you can pursue to receive a special certificate under TAE.


Department Chair

Koon-Hui Wang

Undergraduate Advising

Michael Melzer

Miaoying Tian

Koon-Hui Wang

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Jia-Wei Tay

Ikkei Shikano

Brent Sipes