EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 301 (not 306)

(in person unless otherwise notified)


EECB Mixer

Spring semester 2023



Dr. Becky Ostertag (remote)

UH Hilo

Can hybrid restoration enhance invasion resistance and ecosystem services? A pedagogical case study


Faculty Meeting


Dr. Jess McLaughlin (remote speaker)

UC Berkeley

Reconceptualizing sex: how a multivariate model of animal sex can lead to better understandings of ecology and evolution


Dr. Cecilia Villacorta-Rath

James Cook University

Indigenous ranger engagement on eDNA sampling in northern Australia


Dr. Seana Walsh

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Science-based conservation management of threatened Hawaiian plants


Student and Faculty Discussion Panel
Workshop: Preparing for the Comprehensive Exam


Quinn Campbell

Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences

Title forthcoming

Patrick Nichols
School of Life Sciences (Zoology)

Simplifying early detection of a nuisance marine alga


Dr. Andy Rominger

School of Life Sciences

Integrating biocultural labels and notices in biodiversity research to support Indigenous data sovereignty


Dr. Kasey Barton

School of Life Sciences (Botany)

Workshop: Meta-analysis


Brad Reil

Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences

Metabarcoding Maunakea: arthropod trophic networks and taxonomic challenges


Kyhl Austin

Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences

Leaf-roller moths (Tortricidae): the most successful family of terrestrial animal life in Hawai‘i?


No meeting - Veterans Day


Dr. Kevin Cury

Columbia University

Survival instincts: neural mechanisms guiding egg-laying and defensive behavior in Drosophila


No meeting - day after Thanksgiving


Dr. Sheldon Plentovich

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Ecological restoration: case studies from Pacific Islands


Natalie Myers

School of Life Sciences (Zoology)

Title forthcoming

(Thesis defense)





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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)


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.


EECB Fellowships 2023

The following graduate students were awarded EECB fellowships:

Maybelle Roth Fellowship - Jordan Gossett, Sefa Muñoz

Watson T. Yoshimoto Fellowship - Quinn Campbell

Hampton & Meredith Carson Fellowship - Juan Francisco Guisado Chavez, Dachuan “Frank” Wang, Mason Russo

Melanie F. G. Brose Fellowship - Mamo Waianuhea



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


Please welcome new EECB students joining the program in spring 2023:
Anthropology—Daniel Cusimano; Botany—Juan Francisco Guisado Chavez, Sunyoung Park; Entomology—Mason Russo; NREM-Kristina Estrada; TPSS—Quinn Campbell, Karen Parada; Zoology—Noah Doeden, Ginevra Walker



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

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 2023
(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.


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.


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.


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) 2023. Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group. Issue 31, 78 p.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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).

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