EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 301

(in person unless otherwise notified)


EECB Student Meeting

Spring semester 2024


Mason Russo


Evaluating the impacts of the hala scale, Thysanococcus pandani Stickney on native hala forest, Pandanus tectorius, regeneration in the Hawaiian Islands with updates on dispersal capabilities and geographic distribution


Student workshop on research funding


Dr. Cliff Morden


Conservation in Hawai‘i with PCSU


Suzanne Case

UH Office of Land and Ocean Conservation Futures

Title forthcoming

16 Dr. Serena Zhao
PCSU, Kauai and Maui Forest Bird Recovery Projects
Aerial biolarvicide application for mosquito control in endangered forest bird habitats on Kauaʻi and Maui
23 Dr. Andy Rominger
Integrating biocultural labels and notices in biodiversity research to support Indigenous data sovereignty


Dr. Samuel Case

University of Washington

'Trait-based approaches to understanding the loss and gain of plant-animal mutualisms in Hawaiian forests

8 Juanfra Guisado Chavez
UHM Botany
Reproductive ecology of Dubautia menziesii (the Haleakalā Kūpaoa) and its interaction with pollinators in Haleakalā
15 Mamo Waianuhea
UHM Zoology
An empirical study on the transstadial transmission of microbiome diversity in the mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus
22 No meeting - Spring Break
29 No meeting - Good Friday

5 Dr. Riley Taitingfong
University of Arizona, Native Nations Institute
Title forthcoming

           **And a bonus**
Dr. Loren Rieseberg

University of British Columbia
The TPSS Brewbaker Lecture
1:30 to 2:30 pm
Location and title forthcoming


No meeting - Tester Symposium

19 Student workshop on publishing

Dr. Marguerite Butler


Ecomorphology, biogeography, and diversification of Papuan microhylid frogs







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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 Robert Cowie (, especially new publications for the list below)


Please welcome new EECB students joining the program in fall 2024:
Botany—Shyla Villanueva; Entomology—Meagan Haubner; Marine Biology—Nalani Olguin; Zoology—Mackenzie Jahnke

EECB Fellowships 2024

The following graduate students were awarded EECB fellowships:

Maybelle Roth Fellowship - Mason Russo

Watson T. Yoshimoto Fellowship - Jordan Gossett

Hampton & Meredith Carson Fellowship - Natalie Blum, Stefan Cranston, Spencer Pote

Melanie F. G. Brose Fellowship - Patrick Nichols, Amir Van Gieson


Congratulations to EECB student Erik Brush and recently graduated EECB student Ryan Jones on being awarded prestigious Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships to work in federal government offices in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Christopher Bae (Department of Anthropology) has been elected to the EECB faculty.


The 2023/2024 graduate student representatives are: Chasen Griffin (Zoology) and Ana Flores (Botany).

Latest News from EECB

EECB Book Clubs


If you are interested in organizing an EECB book club please contact the EECB Chair, Dr. Bob Thomson and/or the EECB grad reps. All, including faculty and staff, are very welcome to participate.


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 2023 and 2024
(including research undertaken by former students while in EECB)



Adhikari, M., Kantar, M.B., Longman, R.J., Lee, C.N., Oshiro, M., Caires, K. & He, Y. 2023. Genome-wide association study for carcass weight in pasture-finished beef cattle in Hawai’i. Frontiers in Genetics. 14: 1168150.

Ahl, L.I., Barnes, C.J., Pedersen, H.L., Jørgensen, B., Willats, W.G.T., Grace, O.M. & Rønsted, N. 2023. Exploring the composition of plant cell wall polysaccharides in succulent aloes. Plants, People, Planet 5(3): 335-353.


Ainsworth, A. & Drake, D.R. 2023. Hawaiian subalpine plant communities: implications of climate change. Pacific Science 77: 275-296.

Ainsworth, A. & Drake, D.R. 2024. Hawaiian treeline ecotones: implications for plant community conservation under climate change. Plants 13: 123.

Alvarez, V., Fisher, S.R., Barley, A.J., Donmoyer, K., Blom, M.P.K., Thomson, R.C., & Fisher, R.N. 2023. On the origin and current distribution of the Oceania Snake-Eyed Skink (Cryptoblepharus poecilopleurus) in the Hawaiian archipelago. Pacific Science 77(1): 87-101.


Austin, K.A.& Rubinoff, D. 2023. New records of Lepidoptera in the Hawaiian Islands for the year 2022. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 148: 175-184.


Austin, K.A. & Rubinoff, D. 2023. Rediscoveries and presumed extinctions of Hawaiian leaf-roller moths (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 55: 11-27.


Austin, K.A. & Rubinoff, D. 2023. Seven new species of Hawaiian leaf-roller moths (Tortricidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 77(2): 73-89.


Balick, M.J., Plunkett, G.M., Harrison, K.D., Kelso, N., Wahe, M., Ramik, D.M., Dovo, P., Nasauman, W., Neriam, R., Keith, T., Ranker, T.A. & Wahe, J.-P. 2023. Calendar plants in southern Vanuatu. Economic Botany 77: 227-242.

Bartlett, B., Stitt-Bergh, M., Kantar, M.B. & Bingham, J.P. 2023. Integrating data science to strengthen undergraduate research curricula. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. Online early


Barton, K.E. & Fortunel, C. 2023. Island plant functional syndromes and competition with invasive species. Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.14568.


Bessho-Uehara, K., Masuda, K., Wang, D.R., Angeles-Shim, R.B., Obara, K., Nagai, K., Murase, R., Aoki, S., Furuta, T,. Miura, K., Wu, J.Z., Yamagata, Y., Yasui, H., Kantar, M.B., Yoshimura, A., Kamura, T., McCouch, S.R., Ashikari, M. 2023. Regulator of awn elongation 3, an E3 ubiquitin ligase, is responsible for loss of awns during African rice domestication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 120(4): e2207105120.


Bogner, K.K., Haines, W.P., Kim, J., Drake, D.R. & Barton, K.E. 2024. Endemic island plant-herbivore interactions: Kamehameha butterfly (Nymphalidae) and Hawaiian Urticaceae. Biotropica 56: 149-161.

Chang, C.-T., Drazen, J.C., Chiang, W.-C., Madigan, D.J., Carlisle, A.B., Wallsgrove, N.J., Hsu, H.-H., Ho, Y.-H. & Popp, B.N. 2023. Ontogenetic and seasonal shifts in diets of sharptail mola, Masturus lanceolatus, in waters off Taiwan. Marine Ecology Progress Series 715:113-127. doi: 10.3354/meps14356.


Coleman, R.R., Kraft, D.W., Hoban, M.L., Toonen, R.J. & Bowen, B.W. 2023. Genomic assessment of larval odyssey: self‐recruitment and biased settlement in the Hawaiian surgeonfish Acanthurus triostegus sandvicensis. Journal of Fish Biology 102(3): 581–595.


Cowie, R.H. (Editor) 2024. Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group. Issue 32, 62 p.


Cowie, R.H. 2023. L’estinzione della biodiversità a livello globale e la sua importanza per Socotra [The extinction of biodiversity globally and its importance for Socotra]. In: L’ultima isola. Socotra tra natura e Antropocene. [The Last Island – Socotra between Nature and the Anthropocene] (Balocco, F., Livadiotti, M. & Lo Cascio, P., eds.), p. 103-112. Bordeaux Edizioni, Rome. [in Italian]


Cowie, R.H., Fontaine, B. & Bouchet, P. 2023. Non-marine molluscs. In: The

Living Planet: the State of the World’s Wildlife (ed. Maclean, N.), p. 288-310. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Cowie, R.H., Malik, R. & Morgan, E.R. 2023. Comparative biology of parasitic nematodes in the genus Angiostrongylus and related genera. Advances in Parasitology 121: 65-197.


Crandall, E., Toczydlowski, R., Liggins, L., Holmes, A.E., Ghoojaei, M., Gaither, M.R., Wham, B.E., Pritt, A.L., Noble, C., Anderson, T.J., Barton, R.L., Berg, J.T., Beskid, S.G., Delgado, A., Farrell, E., Himmelsbach, N., Queeno, S.R., Trinh, T., Weyand, C., Bentley, A., Deck, J., Riginos, C., Bradburd, G.S. & Toonen, R.J. 2023. Importance of timely metadata curation to the global surveillance of genetic diversity. Conservation Biology 37(4): e14061.


de Coitoa, P.M., Emami-Khoyi, A., Hedderson, T.A., Toonen, R.J., Teske, P.R. & Branch, G.M. 2023. A critically endangered estuarine limpet’s only two populations are genomically and morphologically recognizable as distinct species. Aquatic Conservation Marine and Freshwater Systems. Online Early DOI: 10.1002/aqc.3993.


de Souza, M.R., Caruso, C., Ruiz-Jones, L., Drury, C., Gates, R.D. & Toonen, R.J. 2023. Importance of depth and temperature variability as drivers of coral symbiont composition despite a mass bleaching event. Scientific Reports 13(1): e8957.

Dhungana, I., Kantar, M.B., Nguyen, N.H. 2023. Root exudate composition from different plant species influences the growth of rhizosphere bacteria. Rhizosphere 25: 100645.


Doorenweerd, C., Austin, K.A. & Rubinoff, D. 2023. Five new species of Hawaiian endemic fancy case caterpillars from a recently established forest reserve on Maui (Cosmopterigidae: Hyposmocoma). Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 55: 29-44.


Dulai, H., Smith, C.M., Amato, D.W., Gibson, V. & Bremer, L.L. 2023. Risk to native marine macroalgae from land-use and climatechange-related modifications to groundwater discharge in Hawaiʻi. Limnology and Oceanography Letters 8(1): 141-153.


Figueira, T.J., Kennedy-Gold, S., Piantoni, C., Screen, R.M. & Wright, A.N. 2023. Head shape predicts isotopic diet in anoles and day geckos. Functional Ecology 37: 1553-1566.

Friswold, B., Idle, J., Learned, J., Penniman, J., Bolosan, T., Cotin, J., Young, L. & Price, M.R. 2023. From colony to fallout: artificial lights pose risk to seabird fledglings far from their natal colonies. Conservation Science and Practice e13000.


Fumia, N., Kantar, M.B., Lin, Y.P., Schafleitner, R., Lefebvre, V., Paran, I., Börner, A., Diez, M.J., Prohens, J., Bovy, A., Boyaci, F., Pasev, G., Tripodi, P., Barchi, L., Giuliano, G. & Barchenger, D.W. 2023. Exploration of high-throughput data for heat tolerance selection in Capsicum annuum. The Plant Phenome 6(1): e20071.

Gallo-Cajiao, E., Dolšak, N., Prakash, A., Mundkur, T., Harris, P.G., Mitchell, R.B., Davidson, N., Hansen, B., Woodworth, B.K., Fuller, R.A., Price, M., Petkovk, N., Mauerhofer, V., Morrison, T.H., Watson, J.E.M., Chowdhury, S.U., Zöckler, C., Widerberg, O., Yong, D.L., Klich, D., Smagol, V., Piccolo, J. & Biggs, D. 2023. Implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the governance of biodiversity conservation. Frontiers in Conservation Science 4: 989019.

Gardner, E., Bruun-Lund, S., Niissalo, M.A., Chantarasuwan, B., Clement, W.L., Geri, C., Harrison, R.D., Hipp, A.L., Holvoet, M., Khew, G., Kjellberg, F., Liao, S., Pederneiras, L.C., Peng,, Y.-Q., Pereira, J.T., Phillipps, Q., Puad, A.S.A., Rasplus, J.-Y., Sang, J., Schou, S., Velautham, E., Weiblen, G.D., Zerega, N., Zhang, Q., Zhang, Z., Baraloto, C. & Rønsted, N. 2023. Echoes of ancient introgression punctuate stable genomic lineages in the evolution of figs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 120(28): e2222035120.

Gibson, V.L., Bremer, L.L., Burnett, K.M., Lui, N.K. & Smith, C.M. 2022. Biocultural values of groundwater dependent ecosystems in Kona, Hawaiʻi. Ecology & Society 27(3): 18.


Hixon, M.A. & Bowen, B.W. 2023. The amazing yet threatened world of marine fishes. In: The Living Planet: the State of the World’s Wildlife (ed. Maclean, N.), p. 206-226.

Jacobi, J.D., Drake, D.R., Duffy, D., Kitayama, K. & Vitousek, P. 2023. Tribute to Professor Dieter Mueller-Dombois. Pacific Science 77: 137-138.

Jones, S.H., Reed, P.B., Roy, B.A., Morris, W.F. & DeMarche, M.L. 2023. Seed type and origin-dependent seedling emergence patterns in Danthonia californica, a species commonly used in grassland restoration. Plant-Environment Interactions 4(2): 97-113.


Jungers, J., Runck, B., Ewing, P.M., Maaz, T., Carlson, C., Neyhart, J., Fumia, N., Bajgain, P., Subedi, S., Sharma, S., Senay, S., Hunter, M., Cureton, C., Gutknecht, J. & Kantar, M. 2023. Adapting perennial crops for climate resiliency. Crop Science 63(4): 1701-1721.


Klanten, O.S., Gall, M., Barbosa, S.S., Hart, M.W., Keever, C.C., Puritz, J.B., Harantio, J., Toonen, R.J., Selvakumaraswamy, P., Grosberg, R.K. & Byrne, M. 2023. Population connectivity across east Australia's bioregions and larval duration of the range‐extending sea star Meridiastra calcar. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Systems. Online Early DOI: 10.1002/aqc.3973

Liang, H., Harrison, T., Shao, Q., Bahain, J.-J., Zhao, J., Bae, C.J., Liao, W. & Wang, W. 2023. Middle Pleistocene Pongo from Ganxian Cave in southern China with implications for dental size evolution in orangutans. Journal of Human Evolution 178: 103348.

Luat-Hūʻeu, K., Vaughan, M. & Price, M.R. 2023. Understanding local pig hunter values and practices as a means toward co-management of feral pigs in the Hawaiian Islands (Sus scrofa; puaʻa). Ecology & Society 28(2): 32.


McCoy, J., Martínez, N., Bernau, V., Scheppler, H., Hedblom, G., Adhakari, A., McCormick, A., Kantar, M.B., Jardón-Barbolla, L., McHale, L., Mercer, K. & Baumler, D. 2023.Population structure in diverse pepper (Capsicum spp.) accessions. BMC Research Notes 16: 20.

Nguyen, N.H. 2023. Fungal hyphosphere microbiomes are distinct from surrounding substrates and show consistent association patterns. Microbiology Spectrum 11(2): e04708-22.

Nogales, M., McConkey, K.R., Carlo, T.A., Wotton, D.M., Bellingham, P.J., Traveset, A., González-Castro, A., Heleno, R., Watanabe, K., Ando, H., Rogers, H., Heinen, J.H. & Drake, D.R. 2024. A review of the state of the art in frugivory and seed dispersal on islands and the implications of global change. Botanical Review 90:

Paredes-Esquivel, C., Foronda, P., Panosian Dunavan, C. & Cowie, R.H. 2023. Neuroangiostrongyliasis: rat lungworm invades Europe. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 108(4): 857-858.

Plakidas, J.D., Nguyen, N.H., Ferro, M.L. 2022. A new species of Neostenoptera Meunier (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae: Winnertziinae) from Hawai‘i. Insecta Mundi 941: 1-12.


Podell, S., Oliver, A., Kelly, L.W., Sparagon, W.J., Plominsky, A.M., Nelson, R.S., Laurens, L.M.L., Augyte,S., Sims, N.A., Nelson, C.E. & Allen, E.E. 2023. Herbivorous fish microbiome daptations to sulfated dietary polysaccharides. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 89(5): e02154-22.


Poulton, J.M., Altenberg, L. & Watkins, C. 2023. Evolution with recombination as Gibbs sampling. Theoretical Population Biology 151, 28-43.

Pusack, T.J., Stallings, C.D., Albins, M.A., Benkwitt, C.E., Ingeman, K.E., Kindinger, T.L. & Hixon, M.A.  2023.  Protracted recovery of long-spined urchin (Diadema antillarum) in the Bahamas. Coral Reefs 42: 93-98.

Ramadan, M.M., Kaufman, L.V. & Wright, M.G. 2023. Recent advances in insect and weed biocontrol in Hawaii: case studies and trends. Biological Control 179: 105170.

Richardson, B.M., Cowie, R.H., Wilson, B.E., Hayes, K.A., Byers, J.E., Qiu, J., Rosser, T.G., Mischke, C.C., Burks, R.L., Lucero, J.M. & Roda, A.L. 2024. Problems and future solutions for an emerging pest in United States agriculture/aquaculture. World Aquaculture 55(1): 48-51.

Roksandic, M., Musiba, C., Radovic, P., Lindal, J., Wu, X.J., Figueiredo, E., Smith, G.F., Roksandic, I. & Bae, C.J. 2023. Change in biological nomenclature is overdue and possible. Nature Ecology & Evolution 7(8): 1166-1167.

Rollins, R.L., Medeiros, M.C.I. & Cowie, R.H. 2023. Stressed snails release Angiostrongylus cantonensis (rat lungworm) larvae in their slime. One Health 17: 100658.

Runck, B., Streed, A., Wang, D., Ewing, P.M., Kantar, M.B. & Raghavan, B. 2023. State spaces for agriculture: a meta-systematic design automation framework. PNAS Nexus 2(4): pgad084.

Shea C.H., Wojtal P.J., Close H.G., Maas A.E., Stamieszkin K. Cope J.S., Steinberg D.K., Wallsgrove N. & Popp B.N. 2023. Small particles and heterotrophic protists support the mesopelagic zooplankton food web in the subarctic northeast Pacific Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography DOI: 10.1002/lno.12397 (in press 3/31/2023).

Shemesh, H., Bruns, T.D., Peay, K.G., Kennedy, P.G., Nguyen, N.H. 2023. Changing balance between dormancy and mortality determines trajectory of ectomycorrhizal fungal spore longevity over a 15 year burial experiment. New Phytologist 238: 11-15.


Singh, M. & Daehler, C.C. 2023. Meta-analytic evidence that allelopathy may increase the success and impact of invasive grasses. PeerJ 11: e14858.

Stallman, J.K., Robinson, K. & Knope, M.L. 2023. Do endemic mushrooms on oceanic islands and archipelagos support the theory of island biogeography? Journal of Biogeography 50(1): 145-155.

Thyroff, E., Rose, K.M.E., Idol, T.W., Moon, Q., Burney, O.T. & Jacobs, D.F. 2023. Co-planting of a fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing host tree facilitates regeneration of the root hemiparasitic ‘iliahi (Hawaiian sandalwood). Forest Ecology and Management 542: 121084.


Ticktin, T., McGuigan A., Alo, F., Balick, M., Boraks, A., Sam, C., Doro, T., Dovo, P., Ibanez, T., Naikitini, A., Ranker, T.A., Tuiwawa, M.V., Wahe, J.-P. & Plunkett, G.M. 2024. High resilience of Pacific island forests to a category- 5 cyclone. Science of the Total Environment 922: 170973.

Torri, G., Nugent, A.G. & Popp, B.N. 2023. The isotopic composition of rainfall on a subtropical mountainous island. Journal of Hydrometorology 24: 761-781.


Tran, L.L. & Johansen, J.L. 2023. Seasonal variability in resilience of a coral reef fish to marine heatwaves and hypoxia. Global Change Biology 29(9): 2522-2535.


Wang, D., Kantar, M.B., Murugaiyan,V. &Neyhart, J. 2023. Where the wild things are: genetic associations of environmental adaptation in the Oryza rufipogon species complex (ORSC). G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics: jkad128.


Wishingrad, V. & Thomson, R.C. 2023. Temperate zone isolation by climate: an extension of Janzen’s 1967 hypothesis. The American Naturalist 201(2): 302-314.

Wishingrad, V. & Thomson, R.C. 2023. Biogeographic inferences across spatial and evolutionary scales. Molecular Ecology 32: 2055–2070.

Wishingrad, V. & Thomson, R.C. 2023. Testing concordance and conflict in spatial replication of landscape genetics inferences. Molecular Ecology Online early.


Wojtal P.K., Doherty S.C., Shea C.H., Popp B.N., Benitez-Nelson C.R., Buesseler K.O., Estapa M.L., Roca-Martí M. & Close H.G. 2023. Deconvolving mechanisms of particle flux attenuation using nitrogen isotope analyses of amino acids. Limnology and Oceanography DOI: 10.1002/lno.12398 (in press 05/17/2023).

Zhou, X.M., Yang, J.J., Pollawatn, R., Knap, R., Parris, B., Sundue, M., Ranker, T.A., Liang, Z.L., Zhou, L., Lu, N.T., Luong, T.T., Wan, X., He, Z.-R., Zhao, J., Zhang, L. & Zhang, L.-B. 2023. A global phylogeny of grammitid ferns (Polypodiaceae) and its systematic implications. Taxon 72: 974-1018.

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