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Esprit Saucier

Associate Professor
Faculty of Sciences

55-220 Kulanui Street, Bldg. 5
Laie, Hawaii 96762

Professional Development

  • 2017-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Brigham Young Univeristy – Hawaii, Laie, Hawaii, USA.
  • 2002-2006 B.A. Zoology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
  • 2007-2009 M.S. Evolution Ecology and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
  • 2009-2016 Ph.D. Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.

Research Interests

I’m interested in 1) using phylogenetics and morphological characters to understand the evolutionary history of anthozoans, particularly deep-sea corals, 2) exploring the invasions and radiations of shallow water anthozoans to deep oceans and visa versa, and 3) examine the population and species level differences at both the genetic and morphological level.

Current Classes

  • BIOL 206 – Zoology
  • BIOL 206L – Zoology Lab
  • BIOL 376 – Genetics
  • BIOL 376L – Genetics Lab
  • BIOL 491 – Introduction to Research

Research Group

  • Allison Taylor
  • Ashlin Cooper
  • Jaylea Ho


Heestand Saucier E, Sajjadi A, France SC. (2017) A taxonomic review of the genus Acanella (Cnidaria: Octocorallia: Isididae) in the North Atlantic Ocean, with the description of two new species. Zootaxa. (accepted).

Daly M, Crowley L, Larson P, Rodriguez E, Heestand Saucier E., Fautin D. (2017) Anthopleura and the phylogeny of Actinioidea (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) Organisms Diversity & Evolution. 17: 515-564.

Barbara de Moura Neves, Evan Edinger, Claude Hillaire-Marcel, Esprit Heestand Saucier, Scott C. France, Margaret A. Treble, Vonda E. Wareham. (2014) Deep-water bamboo coral forests in a muddy Arctic environment. Marine Biodiversity.

Pante E, Heestand Saucier E, France SC. (2013) Molecular and morphological data support the reclassification of the octocoral genus Isidoides. Invertebrate Systematics. 27: 365-378.

Biology Program