EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


Faculty meeting




Student meeting


No Evoluncheon


No Evoluncheon - CTAHR Fall Festival


Lee Altenberg

Information and Computer Sciences Department

The evolution of mutational robustness cannot block lethal mutagenesis


Jessica Maxfield

Department of Biology

Restructuring the gonad: how does a bidirectional hermaphroditic fish undergo shifts from ova to sperm production?


Kirill Vinnikov

Department of Biology

Using exon capture sequencing to determine the population structure of amphidromous gobies of the genus Stenogobius in the Central Pacific


Dr. Melissa Price

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Predators, genetics, climate change and extinction


Dr. Cameron Egan

Department of Botany

Examining ecological filters of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi across different habitat types


Dr. Nhu Nguyen

Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences

From slime to prime time: developing the mushroom genus Suillus as a model for ecology and coevolution of plant-fungal symbioses


Rachael Graham

University of Southampton, UK

Ecology and evolution of island plants: tales from three archipelagos


Dr. Lisa Cali Crampton

Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project

Use of emerging technologies to refine understanding of the distribution, habitat use, and diet of critically endangered forest bird species on Kauai


No Evoluncheon - Veterans Day


Rachael Wade

Department of Botany

The new mudweed in town: Avrainvillea erecta (Bryopsidales, Chlorophyta) in the Hawaiian Islands


Veronica Gibson

Department of Botany

Title forthcoming


No Evoluncheon - Day after Thanskgiving


Dr. Heather Spalding

Department of Botany

Spatial and temporal variation of diverse inter-tidal algal assemblages in Southwest O‘ahu



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Welcome to EECB

The EECB graduate specialization at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is an interdisciplinary program promoting integration among the traditionally separate disciplines that come together synergistically under the umbrella of Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Participation in the program is available to students enrolled in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs of the affiliated Mānoa departments. The program draws on the resources of approximately 50 faculty with research skills in many specialized areas, from various departments in the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Social Sciences, the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, the School of Medicine, and the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, as well as from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and affiliate faculty from other agencies.

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Dr. Nhu Nguyen (Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences) joined the EECB faculty.


Dr. Lee Altenberg (Department of Information and Computer Sciences) and Dr. Melissa Price (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management) joined the EECB faculty.


The 2017-2018 graduate student representatives are Christine Elliott and Luke Campillo


Please welcome new EECB students for fall 2017: Entomology—Christine Elliott; Geography—Aurora Kagawa-Viviani; Zoology—Ryan Jones, Jessica Schaefer, Caitlin Sishido.


Dr. Heather Spalding and Dr. Nicole Hynson (both Department of Botany) joined the EECB faculty.


EECB Fellowships 2017

The following graduate students have been awarded EECB fellowships:

Maybelle Roth Fellowship - Rachael Wade

Watson T. Yoshimoto Fellowship - Maria Costantini, Veronica Gibson, Nate Wehr

Hampton & Meredith Carson Fellowship - Kirsten Poff, Nipuni Sirimalwatta, Rachel Sommer


Denial of Science

Last December, Dr. Mark Hixon led a discussion on the "Denial of Science" by proposed members of the incoming U.S. administration. The powerpoint and notes of the discussion are now online here.


Dr. Michael Kantar (Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences) joined the EECB faculty.


Congratulations to Dr. Brian Bowen who was awarded the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research 2016, and belated congratulations to Dr. Bob Thomson who received the award for 2015.

Latest News from EECB

Scientific writing, publishing and reviewing—a guide for students


As a follow-up to the 30 October 2015 Evoluncheon (Drs. Mark Hixon and Rob Toonen), a link is provided here to Mark's extremely useful 2004 co-authored paper "Scientific writing, publishing and reviewing—a guide for students" published in the Ecological Society of America Bulletin. And here is a link to former EECB faculty member Dr. Chris Lepczyk's 2011 paper "A beginner's guide to reviewing manuscripts in ecology and conservation" published in Ideas in Ecology and Evolution.


A selection of new publications from EECB members in 2017


Altenberg, L. 2017. Genetic information, mutation rates, and the lore of the error threshold. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICOB 2017) (ed. Eulenstein, O., Ding, Q. & Al-Mubaid, H.), p. 223-230.


Altenberg, L. 2017. Probing the axioms of evolutionary algorithm design: commentary on "On the mapping of genotype to phenotype in evolutionary algorithms" by Whigham, P.A., Dick, G. & Maclaurin, J. Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines 18: 353-361.


Altenberg, L., Liberman, U. &Feldman, M.W. 2017. Unified reduction principle for the evolution of mutation, migration, and recombination. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 114: E2392-E2400.


Barton, K.E. & Boege, K. 2017. Future directions in the ontogeny of plant defence: understanding the evolutionary causes and consequences. Ecology Letters 20: 403-411.


Bennett, G.M. & Chong, R.A., 2017. Genome-wide transcriptional dynamics in the bompanion bacterial symbionts of the glassy-winged sharpshooter (Cicadellidae: Homalodisca vitripennis) reveal differential gene expression in bacteria occupying multiple host organs. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 117. Online early


Birkeland, C. 2017. Working with, not against, coral-reef fisheries. Coral Reefs 36: 1-11.


Bowen, B.W., Gaither, M.R., DiBattista, J.D., Iacchei, M., Andrews, K.R., Grant, W.S., Toonen, R.J., & Briggs, J.C. 2017. Comparative phylogeography of the ocean planet. In: In the Light of Evolution, Volume X: Comparative Phylogeography (Avise, J.C. & Ayala, F.J., eds.), p. 5–21. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.17226/23542.


Christie, M.R., Meirmans, P., Gaggiotti, O., Toonen, R.J. & White, C. 2017. Disentangling the relative merits and disadvantages of parentage analysis and assignment tests for inferring population connectivity. ICES Journal of Marine Science. Online early DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsx044.


Coe, M.A. & McKenna, D.J. 2017. The therapeutic potential of ayahuasca. In: Evidence-Based Herbal and Nutritional Treatments for Anxiety in Psychiatric Disorders (Camfield, D., McIntyre, E. & Sarris, J., eds.), p. 123-137. Springer International Publishing.


Cowie, R.H. 2017. Angiostrongylus cantonensis: agent of a sometimes fatal globally emerging infectious disease (rat lungworm disease). ACS Chemical Neuroscience 8: 2102-2104.


Cowie, R.H., Hayes, K.A., Strong, E.E. & Thiengo, S.C. 2017. Non-native apple snails: systematics, distribution, invasion history and reasons for introduction. In: Biology and Management of Invasive Apple Snails (ed. Joshi, R.C., Cowie, R.H. & Sebastian, L.S.), p. 3-32. Philippine Rice Research Institute, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.


Cowie, R.H., Régnier, C., Fontaine, B. & Bouchet, P. 2017. Measuring the Sixth Extinction: what do mollusks tell us? The Nautilus 131(1): 3-41.


Cowie, R.H., Rundell, R.J. & Yeung, N.W. 2017. Samoan Land Snails and Slugs – An Identification Guide. Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, American Samoa Government. viii + 71 p.


Cros, A., Toonen, R.J., Donahue, M.J., Karl, S.A. 2017. Connecting Palau's marine protected areas: a population genetic approach to conservation. Coral Reefs. Online early DOI: 10.1007/s00338-017-1565-x.


DiBattista, J.D., Gaither, M.R., Hobbs, J.-P. A., Saenz-Agudelo, P., Piatek, M.J., Bowen, B.W., et al. 2017. Comparative phylogeography of reef fishes from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea reveals two cryptic lineages. Coral Reefs Online early.


Filous, A., Friedlander, A., Wolfe, B. & Sparks, R. 2017. Movement patterns of reef predators in a small isolated marine protected area with implications for resource management. Marine Biology 164: 2, DOI: 10.1007/s00227-016-3043-3


Forsman Z.H., Knapp, I.S.S., Tisthammer, K., Eaton, D.A.R., Belcaid, M. & Toonen, R.J. 2017. Coral hybridization or phenotypic variation? Genomic data reveal gene flow between Porites lobata and P. compressa. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 111: 132–148.


Friedlander, A.M., Golbuu, Y., Ballesteros, E., Caselle, J.E., Gouezo, M., Olsudong, D. & Sala, E. 2017. Size, age, and habitat determine effectiveness of Palau's marine protected areas. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0174787.


Helmkampf, M., Wolfgruber, T. K., Bellinger, M. R., Paudel, R., Kantar, M.B., Miyasaka, S.C. Kimball, H., Veillet A., Read, A. and Shintaku, M. 2017. Phylogenetic relationships, breeding implications, and cultivation history of Hawaiian taro (Colocasia esculenta) through genome-wide SNP genotyping. Journal of Heredity Online early


Holland, B.S., Chiaverano, L.M. & Howard, C.K. 2017. Diminished fitness in an endemic Hawaiian snail in nonnative host plants. Ethology Ecology & Evolution Online early.


Joshi, R.C., Cowie, R.H. & Sebastian, L.S. (eds.) 2017. Biology and Management of Invasive Apple Snails. Philippine Rice Research Institute, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. xvii + 405 p.


Kantar, M. B., Nashoba, A. R., Anderson, J. E., Blackman, B. K. & Rieseberg, L. H. 2017. The genetics and genomics of plant domestication. BioScience 67: 971-982.


Krysko, K.L., Nuñez, L.P., Newman, C.E. & Bowen, B.W. 2017. Phylogenetics of kingsnakes, Lampropeltis getula complex (Serpentes: Colubridae), in eastern North America. Journal of Heredity 108: 226–238.


Láruson, Á.J. 2017. Rates and relations of mitochondrial genome evolution across the Echinoidea, with special focus on the superfamily Odontophora. Eclogy and Evolution Online early.


Long, M.S., Litton, C.M., Giardina, C.P., Deenik, J., Cole, R.J. & Sparks, J.P. 2017. Impact of nonnative feral pig removal on soil structure and nutrient availability in Hawaiian tropical montane wet forests. Biological Invasions 19(3): 749-763.


Mao, M., Yang, X., Poff, K. & Bennett, G.M. 2017. Comparative genomics of the dual-obligate symbionts from the treehopper, Entylia carinata (Hemiptera: Membracidae), provide insight into the origins and evolution of an ancient symbiosis. Genome Biology and Evolution 9: 1803-1815.


Pawlowski, M.N., Crow, S.E., Meki, M.N., Kiniry, J.R., Taylor, A.D., Ogoshi, R., Youkhana, A. & Nakahata, M. 2017. Water management and bioenergy crop choice effects on field‐based estimates of global warming potential in Hawaii. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0168510. DOIi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168510.


Puritz, J.B., Keever, C.C., Addison, J.A., Barbosa, S.S., Byrne, M., Hart, M.W., Grosberg, R.K. & Toonen, R.J. 2017. Life history predicts past and present population connectivity in two sympatric sea stars. Ecology & Evolution. Online early DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2938.


Reed, F.A. 2017. CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive: growing pains for a new technology. Genetics 205: 1037–1039.


Rubinoff, D., San Jose, M. & Powell, J.A. 2017. Sex-biased secondary contact obscures ancient speciation onto relictual host trees in central California moths (Syndemis: Tortricidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109: 388-403.


Schemmel, E.M. & Friedlander, A.M. 2017. Participatory fishery monitoring is successful for understanding the reproductive biology needed for local fisheries management. Environmental Biology of Fishes 100: 171–185.


Stamoulis, K.A., Friedlander, A.M., Meyer, C.G., Fernandez-Silva, I. & Toonen, R.J. 2017. Coral reef grazer-benthos dynamics complicated by invasive algae in a small marine reserve. Scientific Reports 7: 43819.


Tallowin, O., Allison, A., Algar, A.C., Kraus, F. & Meiri, S. 2017. Papua New Guinea terrestrial-vertebrate richness: elevation matters most for all except reptiles. Journal of Biogeography 44(8): 1734-1744.


Tuttle, L.J., Sikkel, P.C., Cure, K. & Hixon, M.A. 2017. Parasite-mediated enemy release and low biotic resistance may facilitate invasion of Atlantic coral reefs by Pacific red lionfish (Pterois volitans). Biological Invasions 19: 563-575.


Wade, R.M. & Sherwood, A.R. 2017. Molecular determination of kleptoplast origins from the sea slug Plakobranchus ocellatus (Sacoglossa, Gastropoda) reveals cryptic bryopsidalean (Chlorophyta) diversity in the Hawaiian Islands. Journal of Phycology Online early. DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12503-16-126.


Wright, M.G. & Bennett, G.M. 2017. Evolution of biological control agents following introduction to new environments. BioControl. Online early


Yeung, N.W., Cowie R.H., Hayes, K.A. & Strong, E.E. 2017. Type specimens of Hawaiian land snails in the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, with lectotype designations. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 647: i-v, 1-34.

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