EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


Student meeting


Dr. Sarah Scriven

University of York

Promoting resilience and biodivesity in tropical agricultural landscapes


Faculty meeting




No Evoluncheon


No Evoluncheon


Dr. Dan Warren

Macquarie University

Learning to love terrible species distribution models


No Evoluncheon


Nicole Chatterson

Department of Anthropology

The ecological implications of Honolulu's waste management system


Tim Kroessig

Botany Department

Nihoa island and the search for Amaranthus brownii - the last of the Hawaiian amaranth


Dr. Lucas Fortini

Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

Implications of past, ongoing and projected climate shifts to conservation efforts in Hawaii


Áki Láruson

Department of Biology

Mitochondrial genome evolution in sea urchins


No Evoluncheon - Spring Break


Rachel Sommer

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming


Courtney Payne

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Title forthcoming


No Evoluncheon - Good Friday


Martha Newell

Department of Biology

MS defense - title forthcoming


Matt Bond

Department of Botany

Title forthcoming


Dr. Nicole Hynson

Department of Botany

Title forthcoming



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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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Please welcome new EECB students for spring 2017: Anthropology—Nicole Chatterson; Botany—Michael Coe, Emily Grave, Noweo Kai, Tim Kroessig, Tiffany Lum; Entomology—Kirsten Poff; Marine Biology—Sarah Tucker; Natural Resources and Environmental Management—Carmen Antaky, Wailea Collins, Kristen Harmon, Wailea Johnston, Nate Wehr; Zoology—Luke Campillo, Maria Costantini, Stevie Kennedy-Gold, Sitara Palecanda, Rachel Sommer.


Please also welcome new students who will formally join EECB in fall 2017: Entomology—Christine Elliott; Geography—Aurora Kagawa-Viviani; Zoology—Ryan Jones, Jessica Schaefer, Caitlin Sishido.


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.


EECB Fellowships 2016

The following graduate students have been awarded EECB fellowships:

Maybelle Roth Fellowship - Marla Chassels, Amy Hruska

Watson T. Yoshimoto Fellowship - Jesse Adams, Marla Chassels

Hampton & Meredith Carson Fellowship - Helena Brasil Barreto, Emily Johnston


The new 2016-2017 graduate student representatives are Amy Hruska and Veronica Gibson

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 2016 and 2017


Ahti, P.A., Coleman, R.R., DiBattista, J.D., Berumen, M.L., Rocha, L.A. & Bowen, B.W. 2016. Phylogeography of Indo-Pacific reef fishes: sister wrasses Coris gaimard and C. cuvieri in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Journal of Biogoegraphy on-line early


Avise, J.C., Bowen, B.W. & Ayala, F.J. 2016. In the light of evolution X: comparative phylogeography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: 7957-7961.


Barton, K.E. 2016. Low tolerance to simulated herbivory in Hawaiian seedlings despite induced changes in photosynthesis and biomass allocation. Annals of Botany 10.1093/aob/mcw021


Barton, K.E. 2016. Tougher and thornier: general patterns in the induction of physical defence traits. Functional Ecology 30: 181-187.


Chiba, S. & Cowie, R.H. 2016. Evolution and extinction of land snails on oceanic islands. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 47: 123-141.


Curry, P.A., Yeung, N.W., Hayes, K.A., Meyer, W.M., III, Taylor, A.D. & Cowie, R.H. 2016. Rapid range expansion of an invasive predatory snail, Oxychilus alliarius (Miller 1822), and its impact on endemic Hawaiian land snails. Biological Invasions 18(6): 1769-1780 .


Cowie, R.H., Héros, V., Yeung, N.W. & Hayes, K.A. 2016. Annotated catalogue of types of Hawaiian land and freshwater snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, with lectotype designations. Zoosystema 38(2): 245-266.


Cowie, R.H., Héros, V., Yeung, N.W. & Hayes, K.A. 2016. Annotated catalogue of types of Hawaiian land and freshwater snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, with lectotype designations. Addendum: lectotype designation for Lymnaea affinis Souleyet, 1852. Zoosystema 38(3): 389-391.


Dong, C.M., Engstrom, T.N. & Thomson, R.C. 2016. Origins of softshell turtles in Hawaii with implications for conservation. Conservation Genetics 17(1): 207-220.


Edmunds, P.J., Leichter. J.J., Johnston, E.C., Tong, E.J. & Toonen, R.J. 2016. Ecological and genetic variation in reef‐building corals on four Society Islands. Limnology and Oceanography 61: 543-557.


Fantle-Lepczyk, J., Taylor, A., Duffy, D., Crampton, L.H. & Conant, S. 2016. Weather influences on nest success of the endangered Puaiohi (Myadestes palmeri). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128: 43-55.


Gaither, M.R., Bowen, B.W., Rocha, L.A. & Briggs, J.C. 2015. Fishes that rule the world: circumtropical distributions revisited. Fish and Fisheries On-line early.


Holland, B.S., Chiaverano, L.M. & Howard, C.K. 2016. Diminished fitness in an endemic Hawaiian snail in nonnative host plants. Ethology Ecology & Evolution on-line early.


Kim, J.R., Hayes, K.A., Yeung, N.W. & Cowie, R.H. 2016. Identity and distribution of introduced slugs (Veronicellidae) in the Hawaiian and Samoan Islands. Pacific Science 70(4): 477-493.


Kueffer C.K., Drake, D.R. & Fernández-Palácios, J.M. 2016. Island Biology. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology (ed. Gibson, D.). New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199830060-0149.


Leblanc, L. M. San Jose, M. Wright, M. & Rubinoff, D. 2015. Declines in biodiversity and the abundance of pest species across land use gradients in Southeast Asia. Landscape Ecology 31: 505-516.


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.


Matsukura, K., Hayes, K.A. & Cowie, R.H. 2016. Eleven microsatellite loci for two invasive freshwater apple snails, Pomacea canaliculata and P. maculata (Ampullariidae). Biological Invasions 18: 3397-3400.


Nie, H. & Kaneshiro, K. 2016. Sexual selection and incipient speciation in Hawaiian Drosophila. Science Bulletin 61: 125-131.


O'Rorke, R., Holland, B.S., Cobian, G.M., Gaughen, K. & Amend, A.S. 2016. Dietary preferences of Hawaiian tree snails to inform culture for conservation. Biological Conservation 198: 177-182.


Oyafuso, Z.S., Toonen, R.J. & Franklin, E.C. 2016. Temporal and spatial trends in prey composition of wahoo Acanthocybium solandri: a diet analysis from the central North Pacific Ocean using visual and DNA bar‐coding techniques. Journal of Fish Biology 88: 1501-1523.


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. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168510.


Price, M.R., Forsman, Z.H., Knapp, I., Hadfield, M.G. & Toonen, R.J. 2016. The complete mitochondrial genome of Achatinella mustelina (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Stylommatophora). Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources 1: 183-185.


Quazi, S.A. & Ticktin, T. 2016. Understanding drivers of forest diversity and structure in managed landscapes: secondary forests, plantations, and agroforests in Bangladesh. Forest Ecology and Management 366: 118-134


Sahli, H.F., Krushelnycky, P.D., Drake, D.R. & Taylor, A.D. 2016. Patterns of floral visitation to native Hawaiian plants in the presence and absence of invasive Argentine ants. Pacific Science 70: 309-322.


Selkoe, K.A., Gaggiotti, O.E., Treml, E.A., Wren, J.L.K., Donovan, M.K., Hawai‘i Reef Connectivity Consortium & Toonen, R.J. 2016. The DNA of coral reef biodiversity: predicting and protecting genetic diversity of reef assemblages. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20160354.


Shay, K., Drake, D.R., Taylor, A.D. & Sahli, H.F. 2016. Alien insects dominate the plant-pollinator network of a Hawaiian coastal ecosystem. Pacific Science 70: 409-429.


Sumiyoshi, Y., Crow, S.E., Litton, C.M., Deenik, J.L., Taylor, A.D., Turano, B. & Ogoshi, R. 2016. Belowground impacts of perennial grass cultivation for sustainable biofuel feedstock production in the tropics. GCB Bioenergy DOI 10.1111/gcbb.12379. On line early.


Tisthammer, A.H., Cobian, G.M. & Amend, A.S. 2016. Global biogeography of marine fungi is shaped by the environment Fungal Ecology 19: 39-46.


Traveset, A., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Kueffer, C., Bellingham, P., Morden, C. & Drake, D.R. 2016. Advances in island plant biology since Sherwin Carlquist's Island Biology. AoB PLANTS 8: plv148. doi:10.1093/aobpla/plv148.


Triantis, K.A., Rigal, F., Parent, C.E., Cameron, R.A.D., Lenzner, B., Parmakelis, A., Yeung, N.W., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M., Martins, A.M. de F., Teixeira, D.N.F., Griffiths, O.L., Yanes, Y., Hayes, K.A., Preece, R.C. & Cowie, R.H. 2016. Discordance between morphological and taxonomic diversity: land snails of oceanic archipelagos. Journal of Biogeography 43: 2050-2061.


Venegas-Li, R., Cros, A., White, A. & Mora, C. 2016. Measuring conservation success with missing Marine Protected Area boundaries: a case study in the Coral Triangle. Ecological Indicators 60: 119-124


Wade, R.M. & Sherwood, A.R. 2016. 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. Accepted manuscript on line. DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12503-16-126.


Wotton, D.M., Drake, D.R., Powlesland, R.G. & Ladley, J.J. 2016. The role of lizards as seed dispersers in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 46: 40-65.

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