EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306

(virtual for Spring semester 2021)

15 Faculty meeting
22 Student meeting

Dr. Carrie Tribble

School of Life Sciences

Title forthcoming

Spring semester 2021


5 Open

Adrienne Antonsen

University of Hawaii

Spatiotemporal dynamics of butterfly-flower interactions in the northern Great Plains

19 Open







No Evoluncheon - Spring break


No Evoluncheon - Prince Kuhio Day

2 No Evoluncheon - Good Friday

Jenna Ekwealor

UC Berkeley

Title forthcoming



23 Open
30 Open


Open - Non-instruction day

14 Open - Finals week


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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 affiliated graduate programs. The program draws on the resources of approximately 50 faculty with research skills in many specialized areas, from various programs 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 Hawaii at Hilo and affiliate faculty from other agencies.

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Please send news items to Rob Cowie (, especially new publications for the list below)


A new EECB Chair! Dr. Bob Thomson has agreed to take over as Chair from outgoing Chair Dr. Cliff Morden. Thanks to Cliff for everything he has done for the program over the last eight years - a record tenure in the position!


Dr. Matthew Medeiros, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, has been elected to the EECB faculty.


Dr. Karolina Heyduk, School of Life Sciences, has been elected to the EECB faculty.


The 2020-2021 graduate student representatives: Ryan Jones and Maria Costantini have agreed to carry on from last year (Ryan only until January); they are joined by Helen Sung.


Joshua Copus was recently honored in the following publication in which a new species of marine alga was named after him:


Sherwood, A.R., Paiano, M.O , Spalding, H.L. & Kosaki, R.K. 2020. Biodiversity of Hawaiian Peyssonneliales (Rhodophyta): Sonderophycus copusii sp. nov., a new species from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Algae 35(2): 145-155.


Please welcome new EECB students joining the program in fall 2020:
Botany—Many Singh

Marine Biology—Erika Alvarado, Daniela Escontrela

MBBE—Sherine Boomlas

NREM—Allyson Earl

TPSS—Nathan Fumia

Zoology—Taylor Ely, Anne Lee, Patrick Nichols, Danya Weber


EECB Fellowships 2020

The following graduate students were awarded EECB fellowships:

Maybelle Roth Fellowship - Marisa McDonald

Watson T. Yoshimoto Fellowship - Julia Douglas

Hampton & Meredith Carson Fellowship - Erik Brush, Jordan Gossett, Ryan Jones, Sarah Tucker

Latest News from EECB

EECB Book Clubs


If you are interested in an EECB book club please access this Google doc to add titles and list your interest in joining. All, including faculty and staff, are very welcome to join.


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 by EECB faculty and students in 2020 and 2021
(including research by former students while in EECB)


Ahyong, S.T., Porter, M.L. & Caldwell, R.L. 2020. The leopard mantis shrimp, Ankersquilla pardus, a new genus and species of eurysquillid from Indo-West Pacific coral reefs. Records of the Australian Museum 72(1): 1-8.


Ainsworth, A. & Drake, D.R. 2020. Classifying plant species along a habitat generalist-specialist continuum: implications for species conservation under climate change. PLoS ONE 15(2): e0228573.


Antaky, C.C., Conklin, E.E., Toonen, R.J., Knapp, I.S.S. & Price, M.R. 2020. Unexpectedly high genetic diversity in a rare and endangered seabird in the Hawaiian archipelago. PeerJ 8: e8463.


Armani, M., Goodale, U.M., Charles-Dominique, T., Barton, K.E., Yao, X. & Tomlinson, K.W. 2020. Structural defence is coupled with the leaf economic spectrum across saplings of spiny species. Oikos 129: 740-752.


Bahr, K., Tran, T., Jury, C.P. & Toonen, R.J. 2020. Abundance, size, and survival of recruits of the reef coral Pocillopora acuta under ocean warming and acidification. PLoS ONE. 15(2): e0228168. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0228168


Barton, K.E. & Shiels, A.B. 2020. Additive and non-additive responses of seedlings to simulated herbivory and drought. Biotropica. 52(6): 1217-1228.


Barton, K.E., Jones, C., Edwards, K.F., Shiels, A.B. & Knight, T.M. 2020. Local adaptation constrains drought tolerance in a tropical foundation tree. Journal of Ecology 108: 1540-1552.


Bellinger, M.R., Paudel, R., Starnes, S., Kambic, L., Kantar, M.B., Wolfgruber, T., Lamour, K., Geib, S., Sim, S., Miyasaka, S., Helmkampf M. & Shintaku, M. 2020. Taro genome assembly and linkage map reveal QTLs for resistance to taro leaf blight. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics10(8): 2763-2775.


Bernard, J., Wall, C.B., Costantini, M.S., Rollins, R.L., Atkins, M.L., Cabrera, F.P., Cetraro, N.D., Feliciano, C.K.J., Greene, A.L., Kitamura, P.K., Olmedo-Velarde, A., Sirimalwatta, V.N.S., Sung, H.W., Thompson, L.P.M., Vu, H.T., Wilhite, C.J. & Amend, A.S. 2020. Plant part and a steep environmental gradient predict plant microbial composition in a tropical watershed. The ISME Journal On-line early


Bilandžija, H., Hollifield, B., Steck, M., Meng, G., Ng, M., Koch, A.D., Gračan, R., Ćetković, H., Porter, M.L., Renner, K.J. & Jeffery, W. 2020. Phenotypic plasticity as a mechanism of cave colonization and adaptation. Elife 9: p.e51830.


Bowen, B.W., Forsman, Z.H., Whitney, J.L., Faucci, A., Hoban, M., Canfield, S.J., Johnston, E.C., Coleman, R.C., Copus, J.M., Vicente. J., & Toonen, R.J. 2020. Species radiations in the sea: what the flock? Journal of Heredity 111: 70-83.


Bracken-Grissom, H.D., DeLeo, D.M., Porter, M.L., Iwanicki, T., Sickles, J. & Frank, T.M. 2020. Light organ photosensitivity in deep-sea shrimp may suggest a novel role in counterillumination. Scientific Reports 10: 4485.


Campillo, L.C., Barley, A.J. & Thomson, R.C. 2020. Model-based species delimitation: are coalescent species reproductively isolated? Systematic Biology 69(4): 708-721.


Campillo, L.C.,Manthey, J.D., Thomson, R.C., Hosner, P.A. & Moyle, R.G. 2020. Genomic differentiation in an endemic Philippine genus (Aves: Sarcophanops) owing to geographical isolation on recently disassociated islands. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 131(4): 814-821.


Capel, K.C.C., Lopez, C., Molto-Martin, I., Zilberberg, C., Creed, J.C., Knapp, I.S.S., Hernandez, M., Forsman, Z.H., Toonen, R.J. & Kitahara, M.V. 2020. Atlantia, a new Dendrophylliidae genus (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Scleractinia) from Eastern Atlantic. PeerJ. 8:e8633. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.8633


Carpenter, J.K., Wilmshurst, J.M., McConkey, K.R., Hume, J.P., Wotton, D.M., Shiels, A.B., Burge, O.R. & Drake, D.R. 2020. The forgotten fauna: native vertebrate seed predators on islands. Functional Ecology 34(9): 1802-1813.


Cinner, J.E., Zamborain-Mason, J., Gurney, G.G., Graham, N.A.J., MacNeil, M.A., Hoey, A.S., Mora, C., Villeger, S., Marie, E., McClanahan, T.R., Maina, J.M., Kittinger, J.N., Hicks, C.C., D’Agata, S., Huchery, C., Barnes, M.L., Feary, D.A., Williams, I.D., Kulbicki, M., Vigliola, L., Wantiez, L., Edgar, G.J., Stuart-Smith, R.D., Sandin, S.A., Green, A.L., Beger, M., Friedlander, A.M. et al. 2020. Meeting fisheries, ecosystem function, and biodiversity goals in a human dominated world. Science 368: 307-311.


Cowie, R.H. (Editor) 2020. Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group.


Cros, A., Donahue, M., Toonen, R.J. & Karl, S.A. 2020. Is post-bleaching recovery of Acropora hyacinthus on Palau via spread of local kin groups? Coral Reefs 39: 687–699.


Curry, P.A., Yeung, N.W., Hayes, K.A. & Cowie, R.H. 2020. The potential tropical island distribution of a temperate invasive snail, Oxychilus alliarius, modeled on its distribution in Hawaii. Biological Invasions 22: 307-327.


Dacks, R., Ticktin, T., Jupiter, S. & Friedlander A.M. 2020. Investigating the role of fish and fishing in sharing networks to build resilience in coral reef social-ecological systems. Coastal Management 48: 165-187.


DiBattista, J.D., Saenz-Agudelo, P., Piatek, M.J., Cagua, E.F., Bowen, B.W., Choat, J.H., Rocha, L.A., Gaither, M.R., Hobbs, J.-P., Sinclair-Taylor, T.H., McIlwain, J.H., Priest, M.A., Braun, C.D., Hussey, N.E., Kessel, S.T. & Berumen, M.L. 2020. Population genomic response to geographic gradients by widespread and endemic fishes of the Arabian Peninsula. Ecology & Evolution 10: 4314-4330.


Fackrell, J., Glenn, C., Thomas, D., Whittier, R. & Popp B.N. 2020. Stable isotopes of precipitation and groundwater provide new insight into groundwater recharge and flow in a structurally complex hydrogeologic system: West Hawai‘i, USA. Hydrogeology Journal 28: 1191-1207.


Filous, A., Lennox, R.J., Raveino, R., Friedlander, A.M., Clua, E.E., Cooke, S.J. & Danylchuk, A.J., 2020. The spawning migrations of an exploited albulid in the tropical Pacific: implications for conservation and community-based management. Environmental Biology of Fishes 103: 1013–1031.


Filous, A. Friedlander, A.M., Griffin, L., Lennox, R.J., Danylchuk, A.J., Mereb, G. & Golbuu, Y. 2020. Movements of juvenile yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) within the coastal FAD network adjacent to the Palau National Marine Sanctuary: implications for local fisheries development. Fisheries Research 230: 105688


Friedlander, A.M., Ballesteros, E., Bell, T.W., Caselle, J.E., Campagna, C., Goodell, W. et al. 2020. Kelp forests at the end of the earth: 45 years later. PLoS ONE 15(3): e0229259.


Friedlander, A.M., Donovan, M.K., DeMartini, E.E. & Bowen, B.W. 2020. Dominance of endemics in the reef fish assemblages of the Hawaiian archipelago. Journal of Biogeography 47(12): 2584-2596.


Gerlach, J. ... Cowie, R.H. ... & Yeung, N.W. 2020. Negative impacts of the invasive predators Euglandinarosea’ (Mollusca: Spiraxidae) and Platydemus manokwari (Platyhelminthes: Geoplanidae) when used as biological control agents against the pest snail Lisschatina fulica (Mollusca: Achatinidae). Biological Invasions on-line early.


Gillespie, R.G., Bennett, G.M., De Meester, L., Feder, J.L., Fleischer, R.C., Harmon, L.J., Hendry, A.P., Knope, M.L., Mallet, J., Martin, C., Parent, C.E., Patton, A.H., Pfennig, K.S., Rubinoff, D., Schluter, D., Seehausen, O., Shaw, K.L., Stacy, E., Stervander, M., Stroud, J.T., Wagner, C., & Wogan, G. 2020. Comparing adaptive radiations across space, time, and taxa. Journal of Heredity 111(1): 1-20.


Hannides, C.C.S., Popp, B.N., Close, H.G, Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Ka‘apu-Lyons, C.A., Gloeckler, K., Wallsgrove, N., Uhau, B., Palmer, E. & Drazen, J.C. 2020. Seasonal dynamics of midwater zooplankton and relation to particle cycling in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Progress in Oceanography 182: 102266.


Hastings, Z., Ticktin, T., Botelho, M., Reppun, N., Kukea‐Shultz, K., Wong, M., Melone, A & Bremer, L. 2020. Integrating co-production and functional trait approaches for inclusive and scalable restoration solutions. Conservation Science and Practice 2(9): e250.


Heim, N.A., Bakshi, S.H., Buu, L., Chen, S., Heh, S., Jain, A., Noll, C., Patkar, A., Rizk, N., Sundararajan, S., Villante, I., Knope, M.L., & Payne, J.L. 2020. Respiratory medium and circulatory anatomy constrain size evolution in marine macrofauna. Paleobiology 46(3): 288-303.


Hordijk, W. & Altenberg, L. 2020. Developmental structuring of phenotypic variation: a case study with a cellular automata model of ontogeny. Evolution & Development 22: 20-34.


Idol, T.W. & Youkhana, A.H. 2020. A rapid visual estimation of fruits per lateral to predict coffee yield in Hawaii. Agroforestry Systems 94: 81-93.


Johnston, E., Counsell, C., Sale, T., Burgess, S. & Toonen, R.J. 2020. The legacy of stress: coral bleaching impacts reproduction years later. Functional Ecology 34(11): 2315-2325.


Joo, S., Jung, S., Lee, S., Cowie, R.H. & Takagi, D. 2020. Freshwater snail feeding: lubrication-based particle collection on a free surface. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 17: 20200139.


Knope, M.L., Bush, A.M., Frishkoff, L.O., Heim, N.A. & Payne, J.L. 2020. Ecologically diverse clades dominate the oceans via extinction resistance. Science 367(6481): 1035-1038.


Knope, M.L., Bellinger, M.R., Datlof, E.M., Gallaher, T.J. & Johnson, M.A. 2020. Insights into the evolutionary history of Hawaiian Bidens (Asteraceae) revealed through phylogenomics. Journal of Heredity 111(1): 119-137.


Krushelnycky, P.D., Felts, J.M., Robichaux, R.H., Barton, K.E., Litton, C.M. & Brown, M.D. 2020. Clinal variation in drought resistance shapes past population declines and future management of a threatened plant. Ecological Monographs 90, e01398.


Lehman, J., Clune, J., Misevic, D., Adami, C., Altenberg, L., et al. 2020. The surprising creativity of digital evolution: a collection of anecdotes from the evolutionary computation and artificial life research communities. Artificial Life 26(2): 274-306.


Litton, C.M., Giardina, C.P., Freeman, K.R., Selmants, P.C., Sparks, J.P. 2020. Impact of mean annual temperature on nutrient availability in a tropical montane wet forest. Frontiers in Plant Science 11: 784. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00784


Lum, T.D. & Barton, K.E. 2020. Ontogenetic variation in salinity tolerance and ecophysiology of coastal dune plants. Annals of Botany 125(2): 301-314 .


Medeiros, M.C.I., Rollins R.L., Echaluse, M.V. & Cowie, R.H. 2020. Species identity and size are associated with rat lungworm infection in gastropods. EcoHealth 17(2): 183-193.


Motta, L.C., Blum, J.D., Popp, B.N., Drazen, J.C. & Close, H.G. 2020. Mercury stable isotopes in flying fish as a monitor of phytochemical degradation of methylmercury in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Marine Chemistry 223: 103790.


Muscarella, R., . . . Drake, D.R. (65th of 223 authors) . . . & Balslev, H. 2020. Global variation of tree palm abundance. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29: 1495-1514.


Palecanda, S., Feller, K.D. & Porter, M.L. 2020. Using larval barcoding to estimate stomatopod species richness at Lizard Island, Australia for conservation monitoring. Scientific Reports 10: 10990.


Payne, J.L., Bachan, A., Heim, N.A., Hull, P.M. & Knope, M.L. 2020. The evolution of complex life and the stabilization of the Earth system. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10: 20190106.


Phair, N., Toonen, R.J., Knapp, I.S.S. & von der Heyden, S. 2020. Environmental stressors negatively impact genomic diversity of the widespread but vulnerable seagrass Zostera capensis. Journal of Environmental Management. 255: 109831 DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109831


Porter, M.L., Awata, H., Bok, M.J. & Cronin, T.W. 2020. Exceptional diversity of opsin expression patterns in Neogonodactylus oerstedii (Stomatopoda) retinas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117(16): 8948-8957.


Romero-Romero, S., Ka‘apu-Lyons, C.A., Umhau, B.P., Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Hannides, C.C.S., Close, H.G., Drazen, J.C. & Popp B.N. 2020. Deep zooplankton rely on small particles in response to low particle flux. Limnology and Oceanography Letters 5(6): 410-416.


Schaefer, J.L.B., Christy, J.H. & Marko, P.B. 2020. Multiple and extra-pair mating in a pair-living hermaphrodite, the intertidal limpet Siphonaria gigas. Integrative Organismal Biology 2(1): obaa013.


Sharma, S., MacKenzie, R.A., Tieng, T., Soben, K., Tulyasuwan, N., Resanond, A., Blate, G. & Litton, C.M. 2020. The impacts of degradation, deforestation and restoration on mangrove ecosystem carbon stocks across Cambodia. Science of The Total Environment 706: 135416.


Sherwood, A.R., Paiano, M.O , Spalding, H.L. & Kosaki, R.K. 2020. Biodiversity of Hawaiian Peyssonneliales (Rhodophyta): Sonderophycus copusii sp. nov., a new species from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Algae 35(2): 145-155.


Shih, J.L., Selph, K.E., Wall, C.B., Wallsgrove, N.J., Lesser, M.P & Popp, B.N. 2020. Trophic ecology of the tropical Pacific sponge Mycale grandis inferred from amino acid compound specific isotopic analyses. Microbial Ecology 79: 495-510.


Singh, M. & Meyer, W.M., III. 2020. Plant-soil feedback effects on germination and growth of native and non-native species common across southern California. Diversity 12(6): 217.


Sommer, R.M. & Cowie, R.H. 2020. Invasive characters of veronicellid slugs in the Hawaiian Islands and temperature response suggesting possible range shifts under a changing climate. Journal of Molluscan Studies 86: 147-155.


Stamoulis, K.A., Delevaux, J.M., Williams, I.D., Friedlander, A.M., Reichard, J., Kamikawa, K. & Harvey, E.S. 2020. Incorporating reef fish avoidance behavior improves accuracy of species distribution models. PeerJ 8: p.e9246.


Tisthammer, K.H., Forsman, Z.H., Toonen, R.J. & Richmond, R.H. 2020. Genetic structure is stronger across human-impacted habitats than among islands in the coral Porites lobata. PeerJ. 8:e8850. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.8550


Tripathy, B. Sajan, S. & Cowie, R.H. 2020. Illustrated catalogue of types of Ampullariidae Gray, 1824 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in the National Zoological Collection of the Zoological Survey of India, with lectotype designations. Zoosystematics and Evolution 96(1): 1-23.


Tseng, M., El-Sabaawi, R.W., Kantar, M.B., Pantel, J.H., Srivastava, D.S. & Ware, J.L. 2020. Strategies and support for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour in ecology and evolutionary biology. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4(10): 1288-1290.


Vicente, J., Osberg, A., Marty, M.J., Rice, K. & Toonen, R.J. 2020. Influence of palatability on the feeding preferences of the endemic Hawaiian tiger cowrie for indigenous and introduced sponges. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 647: 109-122.


Wall, C.B., Kaluhiokalani, M., Popp, B.N., Donahue, M.J. & Gates, R.D. 2020. Divergent symbiont communities determine the physiology and isotope values of a reef coral across a light-availability gradient. The ISME Journal 14: 945-958.


Wehr, N.H., Litton, C.M., Lincoln, N.K., Hess, S.C., 2020. Relationships between soil macroinvertebrates and nonnative feral pigs (Sus scrofa) in Hawaiian tropical montane wet forests. Biological Invasions 22: 577-586.


Wepfer, P.H., Nakajima, Y., Sutthacheep, M., Radice, V., Richards, Z., Ang, P., Chen, A., Sudek, M., Fujimura, A., Toonen, R.J., Mikheyev, A.S., Economo, E.P. & Mitarai, S. 2020. Evolutionary biogeography of the reef-building coral genus Galaxea across the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 151: 106905. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106905


Westerband, A.C., Knight, T.M. & Barton, K.E. 2020. Intraspecific trait variation and reversals of trait strategies across key climate gradients in native Hawaiian plants and non-native invaders. Annals of Botany


Winter, K.B., Lincoln, N.K., Berkes, F., Alegado, R.A., Kurashima, N., Frank, K.L., Pascua, P., Rii. Y.M., Reppun, F., Knapp, I.S.S., McClatchey, W.C., Ticktin, T., Smith, C., Franklin, E.C., Oleson, K., Price, M.R., McManus, M.A., Donahue, M.J., Rodgers, K.S., Bowen, B.W., Nelson, C.E., Thomas, B., Leong, J.-A., Madin, E.M.P., Rivera, M.A.J., Falinski, K.A., Bremer, L.L., Deenik, J.L., Gon, S.M., III, Neilson, B., Okano, R., Olegario, A., Nyberg, B., Kawelo, A.H., Kotubetey, K., Kukea-Shultz, J.K. & Toonen, R.J. 2020. Ecomimicry in indigenous resource management: optimizing ecosystem services to achieve resource abundance, with examples from Hawai‘i. Ecology and Society 25(2): 26.


Wishingrad, V. & Thomson, R.C. 2020. Ecological variability is associated with functional trait diversity in the western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 129(2): 414–424.


Wright, A.N., Yang, L.H., Piovia-Scott, J., Spiller, D.A. & Schoener, T.W. 2020. Consumer responses to experimental pulsed subsidies in isolated vs. connected habitats. American Naturalist 196(3):


Yeung, N.W., Slapcinsky, J. Strong, E.E. & Hayes, K.A. 2020. Overlooked but not forgotten: the first new extant species of Hawaiian land snail described in 60 years, Auriculella gagneorum sp. nov. (Achatinellidae, Auriculellinae). ZooKeys 950: 1-31.


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