EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


Faculty meeting

Fall semester 2019



Student meeting


Student and faculty meeting


Student GRFP meeting


Dr. Anna Sugiyama

Lyon Arboretum

Seed conservation: from species coexistence to forest restoration


Dr. J. Leighton Reid

Virginia Tech

Premontane tropical forest restoration in southern Costa Rica


Dr. Jake Ferguson

Department of Biology

Sampling, fast and slow: links between optimal foraging theory and survey design


Dr. Rosana Zenil-Ferguson

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming


Dustin Wolkis and Seana Walsh

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Applied research to conserve Kauai's threatened flora


Tentatively filled




Dr. Don Drake

Department of Botany

The forgotten fauna: native seed predators on islands


Open half session




No Evoluncheon - day after Thanksgiving


Dr. Chris Muir

Department of Botany

Climate anomalies are altering local adaptation


ZOOL 750 student presentations



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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 joining the program in fall 2019:
Botany—Leah Thompson; Natural Resources and Environmental Management—Emily Thyroff; Zoology—Helen Sung, Leon Tran


The 2019-2020 graduate student representatives are Ryan Jones and Maria Costantini

Thanks to Ryan for taking this on again and welcome to Maria. And thanks to retiring representatives Veronica Gibson and Luke Campillo for their service and for the innovations that they have brought to the program!


Dr. Matt Knope, Department of Biology, UH Hilo, has been elected to the EECB faculty.


Dr. Becky Chong, Department of Biology, has been elected to the EECB faculty.


EECB Fellowships 2019

The following graduate students were awarded EECB fellowships:

Maybelle Roth Fellowship - Luke Campilo, Sarah Tucker

Watson T. Yoshimoto Fellowship - Sean Canfield, Elizabeth Conlon, Hannah Moon, Van Wishingrad

Hampton & Meredith Carson Fellowship - Marisa McDonald, Sitara Palecanda

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 from EECB faculty and current and former students in 2019


Barley, A.J., Nieto-Montes de Oca, A., Reeder, T.W., Manriquez-Moran, N.W., Arenas Monroy, J.C., Gallegos Hernandez, O. & Thomson, R.C. 2019. Complex patterns of hybridization and introgression across evolutionary timescales in Mexican whiptail lizards. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 132: 284-295.


Barton, K.E. & Wong, A. 2019. Plant competition as a mechanism of invasion on islands – a re-analysis of Kuebbing and Nuñez (2016). Biotropica 51: 316-318.


Barton, K.E., Edwards, K.F. & Koricheva, J. 2019. Shifts in woody plant defence syndromes during leaf development. Functional Ecology on-line early. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13435


Birkeland, C. 2019. Global status of coral reefs: In combination, disturbances and stressors become ratchets. In: World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation, 2nd edition, Volume 3 (ed. Sheppard, C.R.C.), p. 35-56. Elsevier, Oxford.


Cadavid-Florez, L., Laborde, J. & Zahawi, R.A. 2019. Using landscape composition and configuration metrics as indicators of woody vegetation attributes in tropical pastures. Ecological Indicators 101: 679-691.


Chong, R.A., Park, H. & Moran, N.A. 2019. Genome evolution of the obligate endosymbiont Buchnera aphidicola. Molecular Biology and Evolution 36(7): 1481-1489.


Chung, A.E., Wedding. L.M., Green. A.L., Friedlander. A.M., Goldberg. G., Meadows. A. & Hixon, M.A. 2019. Building Coral Reef Resilience Through Spatial Herbivore Management. Frontiers in Marine Science. 6: 98. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00098


Cowie, R.H. (Editor) 2019. Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group. No. 27, 53 p.


Cowie, R.H. 2019. Annotated catalogue of species of Angiostrongylus and the related genera Gallegostrongylus, Rodentocaulus and Stefanskostrongylus (Nematoda: Metastrongyloidea, Angiostrongylidae). Journal of Helminthology 93(4): 389-423.


Cowie, R.H. & Hayes, K.A. 2019. Ampullariidae Gray, 1824. In: Freshwater Mollusks of the World. A Distribution Atlas (ed. Lydeard, C. & Cummings, K.S.), p. 37-42. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.


Cowie, R.H., Rollins, R.L., Medeiros, M.C.I. & Christensen, C.C. 2019. New records of Clausiliidae: Tauphaedusa tau (Boettger, 1877) (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) on O‘ahu, Hawaiian Islands, and the first global record of infection of a clausiliid land snail with Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Chen, 1935), the rat lungworm. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 126: 11-18.


Craven, D., Knight, T.M., Barton, K.E., Bialic-Murphy, L. & Chase, J.C. 2019. Dissecting macro-ecological and macro-evolutionary patterns of diversity across the Hawaiian archipelago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 116: 16436-16441.


Curry, P.A., Yeung, N.W., Hayes, K.A. & Cowie, R.H. 2019. The potential tropical island distribution of a temperate invasive snail, Oxychilus alliarius, modeled on its distribution in Hawaii. Biological Invasions. On-line First doi 10.1007/s10530-019-02091-w [on-line 16 September]


Cytrynbaum, E.G., Small, C.M., Kwon, R.Y., Hung, B., Kent, D., Yan, Y., Knope, M.L., Bremiller, R.A., Desvignes, T. & Kimmel, C.B. 2019. Developmental tuning of mineralization drives morphological diversity of gill cover bones in sculpins and their relatives. Evolution Letters 3(4): 374-391.


Damashek, J., Tolar, B.B., Liu, Q., Okotie-Oyekan, A., Wallsgrove, N.J., Popp, B.N. & Hollibaugh, J.T. 2019. Microbial oxidation of nitrogen supplied as ammonium, urea, polyamines, and selected amino acids in the South Atlantic Bight. Limnology and Oceanography 64: 982-995.


Del Valle-Echevarria, A.R., Kantar, M.B., Branca, J., Moore, S., Frederiksen, M.K., Hagen, L., Hussain, T. & Baumler, D.J. 2019. Aeroponic cloning of Capsicum spp. Horticulturae 5(2): 30.


Filous, A., Lennox, R.J., Danylchuk, A.J., Coleman R.R., Friendlander, A.M., Clua, E.E. & Danylchuk, A.J. 2019. Life history characteristics of an exploited bonefish (Albula glossodonta) population in a remote south Pacific atoll. Journal of Fish Biology 95: 562-574.


Frable, B.W., Tucker, S.J., Walker, H.J. 2019. A new species of grouper, Epinephelus craigi (Epinephelus: Perciformes), from the South China Sea. Ichthyological Research 66(2): 215-224.


Goodman, R.M., Tyler, J.A., Reinartz, D.M. & Wright, A.N. 2019. Survey of Ranavirus and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in introduced frogs in Hawaii. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 55(3): 668-672.


Gray, L.N., Barley, A.J., Poe, S., Thomson, R.C., Nieto-Montes de Oca, A. & Wang, I.J. 2019. Phylogeography of a widespread lizard complex reflects patterns of both geographic and ecological isolation. Molecular Ecology 28: 644-657.


Green, S.J., Dilley, E.R., Benkwitt, C.E., Davis, A.C.D., Ingeman, K.E., Kindinger, T.L., Tuttle, L.J. & Hixon, M.A. 2019. Trait-mediated foraging drives patterns of selective predation by native and invasive coral-reef fishes. Ecosphere 10(6): e02752.


Hetherington, E.D., Kurle, C.M., Ohman, M.D. & Popp, B.N. 2019. Effects of chemical preservation on bulk and amino acid isotope values of zooplankton, fish and squid tissues. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 33: 935-945.


Hixon, M.A. & Randall, J.E. 2019. Coral reef fishes. In: Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences. 3rd edition, vol. 2 (ed. Cochran, J.K., Bokuniewicz, H.J. & Yager, P.L.) p. 142-150. Elsevier, Oxford.


Johnson, G.B., Taylor, B.M., Robbins, W.D., Franklin, E., Toonen, R.J., Bowen, B.W. & Choat, J.H. 2019. Diversity and structure of parrotfish assemblages across the northern Great Barrier Reef. Diversity 11: 14. doi:10.3390/d11010014


Kantar, M.B., Runck, B., Raghavan, B., Joglekar, A.B., Senay, S., Krohn, B., Neyhart, J., Bradeen, J., Soto Gomez, M. & Kjelgren, R. 2019. The Many-faced Janus of plant breeding. Plants, People, Planets. On-line ahead of print.


Khoury, C.K., Kisel, Y., Kantar, M.B., Barber, E., Ricciardi, V., Klirs, C., Kucera, L., Mehrabi, Z., Johnson, N., Klabin, S., Valiño, A., Nowakowski, K., Bartomeus, I., Ramankutty, N., Miller, A., Schipanski, M., Gore, M.A. & Novy, A. 2019. Science–graphic art partnerships to increase research impact. Communications Biology 2: 295.


Kim, J.R., Wong, T.W., Curry, P.A., Yeung, N.W., Hayes, K.A. & Cowie, R.H. 2019. Modelling the distribution in Hawaii of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (rat lungworm) in its gastropod hosts. Parasitology 146(1): 42-49.


Lambert M.R., McKenzie J.M., Screen R.M., Clause A.G., Johnson B.B., Mount G.G., Shaffer H.B. & Pauly G.B. 2019. Experimental removal of introduced slider turtles offers new insight into competition with a native, threatened turtle. PeerJ 7: e7444.


Lum, T.D. & Barton, K.E. 2019. Ontogenetic variation in salinity tolerance and ecophysiology of coastal dune plants. Annals of Botany on-line early. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcz097.


Mehrabi, Z., Pironon, S., Kantar, M.B., Ramankutty, N. & Rieseberg, L. 2019. Shifts in the abiotic and biotic environment of cultivated sunflower under future climate change. OCL - Oilseeds and fats, Crops and Lipids 26: 9.


Motta, L.C., Blum, J.D., Johnson, M.W., Umhau, B.P., Popp, B.N., Washburn, S.J., Drazen, J.C., Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Hannides, C.C.S, Close, H.G., & Lamborg, C.H. 2019. Mercury cycling in the North Pacific subtropical gyre as revealed by mercury stable isotope ratios. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 33: 777-794.


Nichols, P.N. & Marko, P.B. 2019. Rapid assessment of coral cover from environmental DNA in Hawai‘i. Environmental DNA 1(1): 40-53.


Norder, S.J., Proios, K.V., Whittaker, R.J., Alonso, M.R., Borges, P.A.V., Borregaard, M.K., Cowie, R.H., Florens, F.B.V., de Frias Martins, A.M., Ibáñez, M., Kissling, W.D., de Nascimento, L., Otto, R., Parent, C.E., Rigal, F., Warren, B.H., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., van Loon, E.E., Triantis, K.A., & Rijsdijk, K.F. 2019. Beyond the last glacial maximum: island endemism is best explained by long-lasting archipelago configurations. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28(2): 184-197.


Pinheiro, H.T., Shepherd, B., Castillo, C., Abesamis, R.A., Copus, J.M., Pyle, R.L., Greene, B.D., Coleman, R.R., Whitton, R.K., Thillainath, E., Bucol, A.A., Birt, M., Catania, D., Bell, M. & Rocha, L.A. 2019. Deep reef fishes in the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity. Coral Reefs on-line early.


Piovia-Scott, J., Yang, L.H., Wright, A.N., Spiller, D.A. & Schoener, T.W. 2019. Pulsed seaweed subsidies drive sequential shifts in the effects of lizard predators on island food webs. Ecology Letters on-line early. doi/full/10.1111/ele.13377


Reimer, J.D., Kise, H., Santos, M.E.A., Lindsay, D.J., Pyle, R.L., Copus, J.M., Bowen, B.W., Nonaka, M., Higashiji, T. & Benayahu, Y. 2019. Exploring the biodiversity of understudied benthic taxa at mesophotic and deeper depths: examples from the order Zoantharia (Anthozoa: Hexacorallia). Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 305. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00305


Riggs, R.A., Taylor, A.D., Thomson, R.C. & Cowie, R.H. 2019. Sexual dimorphism and seasonal variability of shield size in the endangered Hawaiian Coot (Fulica alai). Waterbirds 42(1): 70-77.


Romero-Romero, S., Choy, C.A., Hannides, C.C.S., Popp, B.N.& Drazen, J.C. 2019. Differences in the trophic ecology of micronekton driven by diel vertical migration. Limnology and Oceanography 64: 1473-1483.


Sale T.M., Marko P.B., Oliver T.M., & Hunter C.L. 2019. Assessment of acclimatization and subsequent survival of corals during repeated natural thermal stress events in Hawai'i. Marine Ecology Progress Series 624: 65-76.


Shih, J.L., Selph, K.E., Wall, C.B., Wallsgrove, N.J., Lesser, M.P & Popp, B.N. 2019. Trophic ecology of the tropical Pacific sponge Mycale grandis inferred from amino acid compound specific isotopic analyses. Microbial Ecology on-line early


Soto Gomez, M.F., Pokorny, L., Kantar, M.B., Forest, F., Leitch, I.J., Gravendeel, B., Wilkin, P., Graham, S.W. & Viruel, J. 2019. A customized nuclear target enrichment approach for developing a phylogenomic baseline for Dioscorea yams (Dioscoreaceae). Applications in Plant Science 7(6): e11254.


Stallman, J.K., Funk, V.A., Price, J.P., & Knope, M.L. 2019. DNA barcodes fail to accurately differentiate species within Hawaiian plant lineages. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 190(4): 374-388.


Stopnitzky, E., Still, S., Ouldridge, T.E. & Altenberg, L. 2019. Physical limitations of work extraction from temporal correlations. Physical Review E: 99(4): 042115.


Stopnitzky, E., Still, S., Ouldridge, T. E., & Altenberg, L. 2019. Physical limitations of work extraction from temporal correlations. In: The Energetics of Computing in Life and Machines (ed. Wolpert, D.H., Kempes, C., Stadler, P.F. & Grochow, J.A.), p. 335-402. Santa Fe Institute Press, Santa Fe. ISBN 978-1-947864-07-8.


Sun, J., Mu, H., Ip, J.C.H., Li, R., Xu, T., Accorsi, A., Alvarado, A.S., Ross, E., Lan, Y., Castro-Vazqueze, A., Vega, I.A., Heras, H., Ituarte, S., Van Bocxlaer, B., Hayes, K.A., Cowie, R.H., Zhao, Z., Zhang, Y., Qiana, P.-Y. & Qiu, J.-W. 2019. Signatures of divergence, invasiveness and terrestralization revealed by four apple snail genomes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 36(7):1507–1520.


Viruel, J., Conejero, M., Hidalgo, O., Pokorny, L., Powell, R.F., Forest, F., Kantar, M.B., Soto Gomez, M.F., Graham, S.W., Gravendeel, B., Wilkin, P. & Leitch, I.J. 2019. A target capture-based method to estimate ploidy from herbarium specimens. Frontiers in Plant Science 10.937. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00937


Vicente, J., Toonen, R.J. & Bowen, B.W. 2019. Hawaiian green turtles graze on bioerodiing sponges at Maunalua Bay, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Galaxia, Journal of Coral Reef Studies21: 3-4.


Vizentin-Bugoni, J., Tarwater, C.E., Foster, J.T., Drake, D.R., Gleditsch, J.M., Hruska, A.M., Kelley, J.P., & Sperry, J.H. 2019. Structure, spatial dynamics, and stability of novel seed dispersal mutualistic networks in Hawaiʻi. Science 364: 78-82.


Wall, C.B., Ritson-Williams, R., Popp, B.N.& Gates, R.D. 2019. Spatial variation in the biochemical and isotopic composition of corals during bleaching and recovery. Limnology and Oceanography on-line early doi: 10.1002/lno.11166


Westerband, A., Kagawa-Viviani, A.K., Bogner, K., Beilman, D., Knight,T. & Barton, K.E. 2019. Seedling drought tolerance and functional traits vary in response to the timing of water availability in a keystone Hawaiian tree species. Plant Ecology 220: 321-344.


Yang, Q., Liu, S., He, C., Cowie, R.H., Yu, X. & Hayes, K.A. 2019. Invisible apple snail invasions: importance of continued vigilance and rigorous taxonomic assessments. Pest Management Science 75: 1277-1286.


Yeung, N.W., Meyer, W.M., III, Hayes, K.A., Kim, J.R., Skelton, T.J. & Cowie, R.H. 2019. Non-native gastropods in high elevation horticultural facilities in Hawaii - a threat to native biodiversity. Biological Invasions 21: 1557-1566.


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