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

Slugs: slimy nuisance too interesting to ignore


Courtney Payne

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Adaptive management in Paikō Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary: a partnership with the State of Hawaii and the Maunalua community


No Evoluncheon - Good Friday


Wailea Collins

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Facilitation or competition? The role of an N-fixing native tree - Acacia koa - in ecological restoration


Dr. Rob Cowie

Pacific Biosciences Research Center

Rat lungworm in Hawaii and how to deal with it


No Evoluncheon - Tester Symposium


Dr. Nicole Hynson

Department of Botany

Micro to macro patterns of fungal biogeography in Hawaii



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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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Dr. Heather Spalding and Dr. Nicole Hynson (both Department of Botany) joined the EECB faculty.


EECB Fellowships 2017

The following graduate students have been awarded EECB fellowships:

Maybelle Roth Fellowship - Rachael Wade

Watson T. Yoshimoto Fellowship - Maria Costantini, Veronica Gibson, Nate Wehr

Hampton & Meredith Carson Fellowship - Kirsten Poff, Nipuni Sirimalwatta, Rachel Sommer


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.


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 2017


Barton, K.E. & Boege, K. 2017. Future directions in the ontogeny of plant defence: understanding the evolutionary causes and consequences. Ecology Letters 20: 403-411.


Birkeland, C. 2017. Working with, not against, coral-reef fisheries. Coral Reefs 36: 1-11.


Bowen, B.W., Gaither, M.R., DiBattista, J.D., Iacchei, M., Andrews, K.R., Grant, W.S., Toonen, R.J., & Briggs, J.C. 2017. Comparative phylogeography of the ocean planet. In: In the Light of Evolution, Volume X: Comparative Phylogeography (Avise, J.C. & Ayala, F.J., eds.), p. 5–21. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.17226/23542.


Christie, M.R., Meirmans, P., Gaggiotti, O., Toonen, R.J. & White, C. 2017. Disentangling the relative merits and disadvantages of parentage analysis and assignment tests for inferring population connectivity. ICES Journal of Marine Science. Online early DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsx044.


Coe, M.A. & McKenna, D.J. 2017. The therapeutic potential of ayahuasca. In: Evidence-Based Herbal and Nutritional Treatments for Anxiety in Psychiatric Disorders (Camfield, D., McIntyre, E. & Sarris, J., eds.), p. 123-137. Springer International Publishing.


Cowie, R.H., Régnier, C., Fontaine, B. & Bouchet, P. 2017. Measuring the Sixth Extinction: what do mollusks tell us? The Nautilus 131(1): 3-41.


Cros, A., Toonen, R.J., Donahue, M.J., Karl, S.A. 2017. Connecting Palau's marine protected areas: a population genetic approach to conservation. Coral Reefs. Online early DOI: 10.1007/s00338-017-1565-x.


DiBattista, J.D., Gaither, M.R., Hobbs, J.-P. A., Saenz-Agudelo, P., Piatek, M.J., Bowen, B.W., et al. 2017. Comparative phylogeography of reef fishes from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea reveals two cryptic lineages. Coral Reefs Online early.


Filous, A., Friedlander, A., Wolfe, B. & Sparks, R. 2017. Movement patterns of reef predators in a small isolated marine protected area with implications for resource management. Marine Biology 164: 2, DOI: 10.1007/s00227-016-3043-3


Forsman Z.H., Knapp, I.S.S., Tisthammer, K., Eaton, D.A.R., Belcaid, M. & Toonen, R.J. 2017. Coral hybridization or phenotypic variation? Genomic data reveal gene flow between Porites lobata and P. compressa. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 111: 132–148.


Friedlander, A.M., Golbuu, Y., Ballesteros, E., Caselle, J.E., Gouezo, M., Olsudong, D. & Sala, E. 2017. Size, age, and habitat determine effectiveness of Palau's marine protected areas. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0174787.


Holland, B.S., Chiaverano, L.M. & Howard, C.K. 2017. Diminished fitness in an endemic Hawaiian snail in nonnative host plants. Ethology Ecology & Evolution Online early.


Krysko, K.L., Nuñez, L.P., Newman, C.E. & Bowen, B.W. 2017. Phylogenetics of kingsnakes, Lampropeltis getula complex (Serpentes: Colubridae), in eastern North America. Journal of Heredity 108: 226–238.


Láruson, Á.J. 2017. Rates and relations of mitochondrial genome evolution across the Echinoidea, with special focus on the superfamily Odontophora. Eclogy and Evolution Online early.


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.


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. DOIi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168510.


Puritz, J.B., Keever, C.C., Addison, J.A., Barbosa, S.S., Byrne, M., Hart, M.W., Grosberg, R.K. & Toonen, R.J. 2017. Life history predicts past and present population connectivity in two sympatric sea stars. Ecology & Evolution. Online early DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2938.


Reed, F.A. 2017. CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive: growing pains for a new technology. Genetics 205: 1037–1039.


Rubinoff, D., San Jose, M. & Powell, J.A. 2017. Sex-biased secondary contact obscures ancient speciation onto relictual host trees in central California moths (Syndemis: Tortricidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109: 388-403.


Schemmel, E.M. & Friedlander, A.M. 2017. Participatory fishery monitoring is successful for understanding the reproductive biology needed for local fisheries management. Environmental Biology of Fishes 100: 171–185.


Stamoulis, K.A., Friedlander, A.M., Meyer, C.G., Fernandez-Silva, I. & Toonen, R.J. 2017. Coral reef grazer-benthos dynamics complicated by invasive algae in a small marine reserve. Scientific Reports 7: 43819.


Tuttle, L.J., Sikkel, P.C., Cure, K. & Hixon, M.A. 2017. Parasite-mediated enemy release and low biotic resistance may facilitate invasion of Atlantic coral reefs by Pacific red lionfish (Pterois volitans). Biological Invasions 19: 563-575.


Wade, R.M. & Sherwood, A.R. 2017. 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 Online early. DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12503-16-126.


Yeung, N.W., Cowie R.H., Hayes, K.A. & Strong, E.E. 2017. Type specimens of Hawaiian land snails in the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, with lectotype designations. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 647: i-v, 1-34.

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