EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


Faculty Meeting




Student meeting


Dr. Lenny Freed

Department of Biology

Hybridization of Dinopium woodpeckers in Sri Lanka


Amy Hruska

Department of Botany

Animal dispersal of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.)


Melissa Wright and Thomas Smith

Department of Biology

Cold-blooded killers: feeding ecology of invasive herpetofauna in Hawaii



Dr. Don Drake

Department of Botany

Open discussion: great books in ecology, evolution and conservation biology


Book Club

Organizational meeting - everyone who is interested!


Angela Constanzo

Department of Botany

Jurrassic Park is coming to Evoluncheon!


Evoluncheon Movie Day

The PhD Movie

Courtesy of the student reps




Eric Tong

Department of Oceanography

Multispecies connectivity of the Society Islands


Kristen Anderson

Hamilton Library

Biological resources available at Hamilton Library


Dr. Anthony Amend

Department of Botany

Phylogenetic insights into microbial community composition and function under climate change: a future living with close relatives, picky eaters and growing piles of trash


No Evoluncheon - day after Thanksgiving


Dr. Andrew MacDougall

University of Guelph

Is biotic resistance to invasion futile in human-influenced ecosystems?


Cynthia King and Charmian Dang

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

State permits Q & A


Melissa Wright

Department of Biology

IACUC protocols for work with vertebrates


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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IACUC protocols and regulations - Evoluncheon presentation by Melilssa Van Kleeck 12 December 2014


Dr. Anthony Amend (Department of Botany) has joined the EECB faculty


Melissa Van Kleeck replaces Áki Jarl Láruson and joins Emily Johnston as the 2014-2015 graduate student representatives. Thanks to Áki for two years of sterling service!


Dr. Andy Taylor and two collaborators were recently awarded a grant of over $1 million by NSF for "Testing a microbial-association-distribution hypothesis to explain spatial distributions and species coexistence in a community of epiphytic plants.


Jonatha Giddens won the award for Best Student Presentation at the recent Hawaii Conservation Conference (July 2014)


Dr. Robert Cowie published a book recounting his experiences in Africa, primarily while working on termites in the 1970s and 1980s: "Journey to a Waterfall - a Biologist in Africa".

Please welcome new EECB students: Annick Cross (Biology), Ale‘alani Dudoit (Biology), Bonnie Dietrich (Plant and Environmental Protection Sciencies), Deena Gary (Biology), Jessica Maxfield (Biology), Thomas Smith (Biology)

Dr. Robert Cowie has stepped down as Chair of EECB and has been replaced by Dr. Cliff Morden

Latest News from EECB

A selection of new publications from EECB members in 2014:


Giddens, J., Friedlander, A.M., Conklin, E., Wiggins, C., Stamoulis, K. & Donovan, M.K. 2014. Experimental removal of the invasive peacock hind (roi) Cephalopholis argus, in Puako, Hawaii: methods for assessing and managing marine invasive species. Marine Ecology Progress Series 511: 209-221


Glass, D.J., Taylor, A.D., Herriott, I.C., Ruess, R.W. & Taylor D.L. 2014. Habitat preferences, distribution, and temporal persistence of a novel fungal taxon in Alaskan boreal forest soils. Fungal Ecology DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2014.03.001


Kim, J.R., Hayes, K.A., Yeung, N.W. & Cowie, R.H. 2014. Diverse gastropod hosts of Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the rat lungworm, globally and with a focus on the Hawaiian Islands. PLoS ONE 9(5): e94969.


Chiaverano, L.M. & Holland, B.S. 2014. Impact of a predatory invasive lizard on the endangered Hawaiian snail Achatinella mustelina: a threat assessment. Endangered Species Research. 24:115-123.

Christie, M.R. & Hixon, M.A. 2014. Patterns of reef-fish larval dispersal in Exuma Sound, Bahamas. In: Ray, G.C. & McCormick-Ray, J. (eds.), Marine Conservation: Science, Policy, and Management, p. 225-227. Wiley-Blackwell: West Sussex, UK.


Hixon, M.A.  2014. How do so many kinds of coral-reef fishes coexist? In: Ray, G.C. & McCormick-Ray, J. (eds.), Marine Conservation: Science, Policy, and Management, p. 109-110. Wiley-Blackwell: West Sussex, UK.


Hixon, M.A. & Albins, M.A. 2014. Invasion of Bahamian coral reefs by predatory Pacific red lionfish. In: Ray, G.C. & McCormick-Ray, J. (eds.), Marine Conservation: Science, Policy, and Management, p. 215-218. Wiley-Blackwell: West Sussex, UK.


Cole, R.J. & LittonC.M. 2014. Vegetation response to removal of non-native feral pigs from Hawaiian tropical montane wet forest. Biological Invasions 16: 125-140.


The following graduate students were recently awarded EECB scholarships:


Maybelle Roth Scholarship - Raphael Ritson-Williams, Jonathan Whitney

Watson T. Yoshimoto Scholarships - Richard Coleman, Melissa Wright

Hampton & Meredith Carson Scholarship - Kirill Vinnikov


Please send news items to Rob Cowie at

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