Dr. Rosie ʻAnolani Alegado is an Associate Professor of Oceanography and Sea Grant where she is Director for the Center of Excellence in Integrated Knowledge Systems. Alegado is also director of the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge Program and member of the Center for Microbial Oceanography. Alegado holds a PhD in Microbiology from Stanford University Medical School and a BS in Biology with a Minor in Environmental Health and Toxicology from MIT. She investigates how microbes shape the adaptive potential of their ecosystem across a broad range of biological and temporal scales. In partnership with Paepae o Heʻeia, her group has tracked the influence of restoration, storms and multi-annual climate patterns on the health of Heʻeia Fishpond over the last decade. Together with the non-profit Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo and Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, she is involved in developing kūlana noiʻi, a process wherein researchers build and sustain equitable partnerships with communities. Since 2018 she has served on the City & County of Honolulu Climate Change Commission.