Hondolero studies nearshore marine ecosystems in South Central Alaska. This work includes projects investigating harmful algal blooms, phytoplankton monitoring, and nearshore biodiversity.
Hondolero conducts research investigating the physical and biological factors affecting the growth of Alexandrium, a dinoflagellate that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. He is also involved in long-term monitoring of nearshore biodiversity in the Gulf of Alaska. Currently, Honoldero is learning how to use unmanned aerial survey methods to assess nearshore ecosystems.
Hondolero began his association with NOAA as a Hollings Undergraduate Scholar; following that he was awarded the NOAA Graduate Sciences Program scholarship, and upon graduation began working full time at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, located in Seldovia, Alaska. His thesis work looked at the effects of canopy forming kelps on benthic biodiversity. As an undergraduate Dominic conducted research into intertidal biodiversity and arctic food web energetics.