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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)


Joshua Copus was recently honored in the following publication in which a new species of marine alga was named after him:


Sherwood, A.R., Paiano, M.O , Spalding, H.L. & Kosaki, R.K. 2020. Biodiversity of Hawaiian Peyssonneliales (Rhodophyta): Sonderophycus copusii sp. nov., a new species from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Algae 35(2): 145-155.



Dr. Chris Muir, School of Life Sciences, has been elected to the EECB faculty.


Dr. Rosana Zenil-Ferguson, Department of Biology, has been elected to the EECB faculty.


Dr. Jake Ferguson, Department of Biology, has been elected to the EECB faculty.


Dr. Anna Sugiyama, Department of Botany and Lyon Arboretum, has been elected to the EECB faculty.


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!


EECB Fellowships 2020

The following graduate students were awarded EECB fellowships:

Maybelle Roth Fellowship - Marisa McDonald

Watson T. Yoshimoto Fellowship -

Hampton & Meredith Carson Fellowship -

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 2020
(including research by former students while in EECB)


Ahyong, S.T., Porter, M.L. & Caldwell, R.L. 2020. The leopard mantis shrimp, Ankersquilla pardus, a new genus and species of eurysquillid from Indo-West Pacific coral reefs. Records of the Australian Museum 72(1): 1-8.


Ainsworth, A. & Drake, D.R. 2020. Classifying plant species along a habitat generalist-specialist continuum: implications for species conservation under climate change. PLoS ONE 15(2): e0228573.


Antaky, C.C., Conklin, E.E., Toonen, R.J., Knapp, I.S.S. & Price, M.R. 2020. Unexpectedly high genetic diversity in a rare and endangered seabird in the Hawaiian archipelago. PeerJ 8: e8463.


Bellinger, M.R., Paudel, R., Starnes, S., Kambic, L., Kantar, M.B., Wolfgruber, T., Lamour, K., Geib, S., Sim, S., Miyasaka, S., Helmkampf M. & Shintaku, M. 2020. Taro genome assembly and linkage map reveal QTLs for resistance to taro leaf blight. G3.


Bilandžija, H., Hollifield, B., Steck, M., Meng, G., Ng, M., Koch, A.D., Gračan, R., Ćetković, H., Porter, M.L., Renner, K.J. & Jeffery, W. 2020. Phenotypic plasticity as a mechanism of cave colonization and adaptation. Elife 9: p.e51830.


Bowen, B.W., Forsman, Z.H., Whitney, J.L., Faucci, A., Hoban, M., Canfield, S.J., Johnston, E.C., Coleman, R.C., Copus, J.M., Vicente. J., & Toonen, R.J. 2020. Species radiations in the sea: what the flock? Journal of Heredity 111: 70-83.


Bracken-Grissom, H.D., DeLeo, D.M., Porter, M.L., Iwanicki, T., Sickles, J. & Frank, T.M. 2020. Light organ photosensitivity in deep-sea shrimp may suggest a novel role in counterillumination. Scientific Reports 10: 4485.


Cinner, J.E., Zamborain-Mason, J., Gurney, G.G., Graham, N.A.J., MacNeil, M.A., Hoey, A.S., Mora, C., Villeger, S., Marie, E., McClanahan, T.R., Maina, J.M., Kittinger, J.N., Hicks, C.C., D’Agata, S., Huchery, C., Barnes, M.L., Feary, D.A., Williams, I.D., Kulbicki, M., Vigliola, L., Wantiez, L., Edgar, G.J., Stuart-Smith, R.D., Sandin, S.A., Green, A.L., Beger, M., Friedlander, A.M. et al. 2020. Meeting fisheries, ecosystem function, and biodiversity goals in a human dominated world. Science 368: 307-311.


Cowie, R.H. (Editor) 2020. Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group.


Curry, P.A., Yeung, N.W., Hayes, K.A. & Cowie, R.H. 2020. The potential tropical island distribution of a temperate invasive snail, Oxychilus alliarius, modeled on its distribution in Hawaii. Biological Invasions 22: 307-327.


Dacks, R., Ticktin, T., Jupiter, S. & Friedlander A.M. 2020. Investigating the role of fish and fishing in sharing networks to build resilience in coral reef social-ecological systems. Coastal Management 48: 165-187.


DiBattista, J.D., Saenz-Agudelo, P., Piatek, M.J., Cagua, E.F., Bowen, B.W., Choat, J.H., Rocha, L.A., Gaither, M.R., Hobbs, J.-P., Sinclair-Taylor, T.H., McIlwain, J.H., Priest, M.A., Braun, C.D., Hussey, N.E., Kessel, S.T. & Berumen, M.L. 2020. Population genomic response to geographic gradients by widespread and endemic fishes of the Arabian Peninsula. Ecology & Evolution 10: 4314-4330.


Filous, A., Lennox, R.J., Raveino, R., Friedlander, A.M., Clua, E.E., Cooke, S.J. & Danylchuk, A.J., 2020. The spawning migrations of an exploited albulid in the tropical Pacific: implications for conservation and community-based management. Environmental Biology of Fishes on-line early.


Filous, A. Friedlander, A.M., Griffin, L., Lennox, R.J., Danylchuk, A.J., Mereb, G. & Golbuu, Y. 2020. Movements of juvenile yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) within the coastal FAD network adjacent to the Palau National Marine Sanctuary: implications for local fisheries development. Fisheries Research 230: 105688


Friedlander, A.M., Ballesteros, E., Bell, T.W., Caselle, J.E., Campagna, C., Goodell, W. et al. 2020. Kelp forests at the end of the earth: 45 years later. PLoS ONE 15(3): e0229259.


Gillespie, R.G., Bennett, G.M., De Meester, L., Feder, J.L., Fleischer, R.C., Harmon, L.J., Hendry, A.P., Knope, M.L., Mallet, J., Martin, C., Parent, C.E., Patton, A.H., Pfennig, K.S., Rubinoff, D., Schluter, D., Seehausen, O., Shaw, K.L., Stacy, E., Stervander, M., Stroud, J.T., Wagner, C., & Wogan, G. 2020. Comparing adaptive radiations across space, time, and taxa. Journal of Heredity 111(1): 1-20.


Heim, N.A., Bakshi, S.H., Buu, L., Chen, S., Heh, S., Jain, A., Noll, C., Patkar, A., Rizk, N., Sundararajan, S., Villante, I., Knope, M.L., & Payne, J.L. 2020. Respiratory medium and circulatory anatomy constrain size evolution in marine macrofauna. Paleobiology 1-16.


Hordijk, W. & Altenberg, L. 2020. Developmental structuring of phenotypic variation: a case study with a cellular automata model of ontogeny. Evolution & Development 22: 20-34.


Idol, T.W. & Youkhana, A.H. 2020. A rapid visual estimation of fruits per lateral to predict coffee yield in Hawaii. Agroforestry Systems 94: 81-93.


Joo, S., Jung, S., Lee, S., Cowie, R.H. & Takagi, D. 2020. Freshwater snail feeding: lubrication-based particle collection on a free surface. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 17: 20200139.


Knope, M.L., Bush, A.M., Frishkoff, L.O., Heim, N.A. & Payne, J.L. 2020. Ecologically diverse clades dominate the oceans via extinction resistance. Science 367(6481): 1035-1038.


Knope, M.L., Bellinger, M.R., Datlof, E.M., Gallaher, T.J. & Johnson, M.A. 2020. Insights into the evolutionary history of Hawaiian Bidens (Asteraceae) revealed through phylogenomics. Journal of Heredity 111(1): 119-137.


Krushelnycky, P.D., Felts, J.M., Robichaux, R.H., Barton, K.E., Litton, C.M. & Brown, M.D. 2020. Clinal variation in drought resistance shapes past population declines and future management of a threatened plant. Ecological Monographs 90, e01398.


Lehman, J., Clune, J., Misevic, D., Adami, C., Altenberg, L., et al. 2020. The surprising creativity of digital evolution: a collection of anecdotes from the evolutionary computation and artificial life research communities. Artificial Life 26(2): 274-306.


Litton, C.M., Giardina, C.P., Freeman, K.R., Selmants, P.C., Sparks, J.P. 2020. Impact of mean annual temperature on nutrient availability in a tropical montane wet forest. Frontiers in Plant Science 11.


Lum, T.D. & Barton, K.E. 2020. Ontogenetic variation in salinity tolerance and ecophysiology of coastal dune plants. Annals of Botany 125(2): 301-314 .


Medeiros, M.C.I., Rollins R.L., Echaluse, M.V. & Cowie, R.H. 2020. Species identity and size are associated with rat lungworm infection in gastropods. EcoHealth online first.


Palecanda, S., Feller, K.D. & Porter, M.L. 2020. Using larval barcoding to estimate stomatopod species richness at Lizard Island, Australia for conservation monitoring. Scientific Reports 10: 10990.


Payne, J.L., Bachan, A., Heim, N.A., Hull, P.M. & Knope, M.L. 2020. The evolution of complex life and the stabilization of the Earth system. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10: 20190106.


Porter, M.L., Awata, H., Bok, M.J. & Cronin, T.W. 2020. Exceptional diversity of opsin expression patterns in Neogonodactylus oerstedii (Stomatopoda) retinas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(16): 8948-8957.


Schaefer, J.L.B., Christy, J.H. & Marko, P.B. 2020. Multiple and extra-pair mating in a pair-living hermaphrodite, the intertidal limpet Siphonaria gigas. Integrative Organismal Biology 2(1): obaa013.


Sherwood, A.R., Paiano, M.O , Spalding, H.L. & Kosaki, R.K. 2020. Biodiversity of Hawaiian Peyssonneliales (Rhodophyta): Sonderophycus copusii sp. nov., a new species from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Algae 35(2): 145-155.


Sharma, S., MacKenzie, R.A., Tieng, T., Soben, K., Tulyasuwan, N., Resanond, A., Blate, G. & Litton, C.M. 2019. The impacts of degradation, deforestation and restoration on mangrove ecosystem carbon stocks across Cambodia. Science of The Total Environment, doi:


Shih, J.L., Selph, K.E., Wall, C.B., Wallsgrove, N.J., Lesser, M.P & Popp, B.N. 2020. Trophic ecology of the tropical Pacific sponge Mycale grandis inferred from amino acid compound specific isotopic analyses. Microbial Ecology 79: 495-510.


Singh, M. & Meyer, W.M., III. 2020. Plant-soil feedback effects on germination and growth of native and non-native species common across southern California. Diversity 12(6): 217.


Sommer, R.M. & Cowie, R.H. 2020. Invasive characters of veronicellid slugs in the Hawaiian Islands and temperature response suggesting possible range shifts under a changing climate. Journal of Molluscan Studies 86: 147-155.


Stamoulis, K.A., Delevaux, J.M., Williams, I.D., Friedlander, A.M., Reichard, J., Kamikawa, K. & Harvey, E.S. 2020. Incorporating reef fish avoidance behavior improves accuracy of species distribution models. PeerJ 8: p.e9246.


Tripathy, B. Sajan, S. & Cowie, R.H. 2020. Illustrated catalogue of types of Ampullariidae Gray, 1824 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in the National Zoological Collection of the Zoological Survey of India, with lectotype designations. Zoosystematics and Evolution 96(1): 1-23.


Wehr, N.H., Litton, C.M., Lincoln, N.K., Hess, S.C., 2020. Relationships between soil macroinvertebrates and nonnative feral pigs (Sus scrofa) in Hawaiian tropical montane wet forests. Biological Invasions 22: 577-586.


Winter, K.B., Lincoln, N.K., Berkes, F., Alegado, R.A., Kurashima, N., Frank, K.L., Pascua, P., Rii. Y.M., Reppun, F., Knapp, I.S.S., McClatchey, W.C., Ticktin, T., Smith, C., Franklin, E.C., Oleson, K., Price, M.R., McManus, M.A., Donahue, M.J., Rodgers, K.S., Bowen, B.W., Nelson, C.E., Thomas, B., Leong, J.-A., Madin, E.M.P., Rivera, M.A.J., Falinski, K.A., Bremer, L.L., Deenik, J.L., Gon, S.M., III, Neilson, B., Okano, R., Olegario, A., Nyberg, B., Kawelo, A.H., Kotubetey, K., Kukea-Shultz, J.K. & Toonen, R.J. 2020. Ecomimicry in indigenous resource management: optimizing ecosystem services to achieve resource abundance, with examples from Hawai‘i. Ecology and Society 25(2): 26.


Wishingrad, V. & Thomson, R.C. Ecological variability is associated with functional trait diversity in the western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 129(2): 414–424.


Wright, A.N., Yang, L.H., Piovia-Scott, J., Spiller, D.A. & Schoener, T.W. 2020. Consumer responses to experimental pulsed subsidies in isolated vs. connected habitats. American Naturalist.


Yeung, N.W., Slapcinsky, J. Strong, E.E. & Hayes, K.A. 2020. Overlooked but not forgotten: the first new extant species of Hawaiian land snail described in 60 years, Auriculella gagneorum sp. nov. (Achatinellidae, Auriculellinae). ZooKeys 950: 1-31.


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