EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


Student meeting


Comprehensive exam prep session


EECB Fellowship application workshop




EECB faculty showcase


Dr. Bob Thomson

Department of Biology

Dr. Megan Porter

Department of Biology

Dr. Dan Rubinoff

Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences


Robert Lamb

Brown University

Multi-scale effects of environmental stress on tropical fish communities


Claire Lewis

Department of Biology

My experience as part of a Biology Department job search committee


Scott Van De Verg

Department of Botany

Is hydrogen peroxide a new management tool in the battle against leather mudweed?


Brad Reil

Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences

Title forthcoming


Jason Preble

Kyoto University, Japan

Studying invisible species: the ecology and conservation of Okinawa's endangered tree-dwelling bats


Dr. Matthew Knope
Department of Biology, UH Hilo
The evolutionary and biogeographic history of Hawaiian and Pacific Island Bidens (Asteraceae)


Emma Yuen & Casey Ching

Division of Forestry and Wildlife, DLNR
Turning science into policy with the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife


No Evoluncheon - spring break


Dr. Sara Branco
Montana State University
Title forthcoming


Stevie Kennedy-Gold

Department of Biology

MS Defense: Indirect and direct effects of competitor presence on behavior of introduced anoles in Hawaii


No Evoluncheon - Tester Symposium


No Evoluncheon - Good Friday


Travis Idol

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Title forthcoming


Sarah Tucker

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Population dynamics of dominant marine microbes within and immediately adjacent to Kāne‘ohe Bay, Hawai‘i


Jessica Schaefer

Department of Biology

Reproduction and genetic parentage in a pair-living hermaphrodite, the intertidal limpet Siphonaria gigas


No Evoluncheon - Finals week



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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


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.


The 2018-2019 graduate student representatives are Veronica Gibson, Ryan Jones and Luke Campillo

Thanks to Veronica for taking this on again and to Luke for continuing on from last year. And welcome to Ryan.


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 2018 and 2019


Barley, A.J., Brown, J.M. & Thomson, R.C. 2018.Impact of model violations on the inference of species boundaries under the multispecies coalescent. Systematic Biology 67: 269-284.


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 (Sheppard, C.R.C. ed.), p. 35-56. Elsevier, Oxford.


Bremer, L., Mandle, L. Burnett, K., Trauernicht, C., Pascua, P., McMillen, H., Giambelluca, T., Kurashima, N., Quazi, S., Wada C. & Ticktin, T. 2018. Bringing multiple values to the table: assessing future land use and climate change in North Kona, Hawaii. Ecology and Society 23 (1):33 [online] https:


Brown, J.M. & Thomson, R.C. 2018. The behavior of Metropolis-coupled Markov chains when sampling rugged phylogenetic distributions. Systematic Biology 67: 729-734.


Brown, J.M. & Thomson, R.C. 2018. Evaluating model performance in evolutionary biology. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 49: 95-114.


Campillo, L.C., Oliveros, C.H., Sheldon, F.H. & Moyle, R.G.. 2018. Genomic data resolve gene tree discordance in spiderhunters (Nectariniidae, Arachnothera). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 120: 151-157.


Cognato, A.I., Jordal, B. & Rubinoff, D. 2018. Ancient “wanderlust” leads to diversification of endemic Hawaiian Xyleborus species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Insect Systematics and Diversity 2(3): 1


Coleman, R.R., Copus, J.M., Coffey, D.M., Whitton, R.K. & Bowen, B.W. 2018. Shifting reef fish assemblages along a depth gradient in Pohnpei, Micronesia. PeerJ 6:e4650; DOI 10.7717/peerj.4650


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., Hayes, K.A., Kim, J.R., Bustamente, K.M. & Yeung, N.W. 2018. Parmarion martensi Simroth, 1893 (Gastropoda: Ariophantidae), an intermediate host of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (rat lungworm), on Maui. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 123: 7-10.


Dacks, R., Ticktin, T., Jupiter, S. & Friedlander, A. 2018. Drivers of household fishing in small-scale Pacific coral reef fisheries. Ecology and Society 23(1):37 [online]


Delevaux, J.M.S., Whittier, R., Stamoulis, K., Bremer, L., Friedlander, A., Jupiter, S., Poti, M., Guannel, G., Kurashima, N., Winter, K., Toonen, R., Conklin, E., Wiggins, C., Knudby, A., Goodell, W., Burnett, K., Yee, S., Htun, H., Falinski, K., Oleson,K. & Ticktin, T. 2018. A linked land-sea modeling framework to inform ridge-to-reef management in high oceanic islands. PLOS ONE 13(3): e0193230.


Delevaux, J.M.S., Jupiter, S.D, Stamoulis, K.A., Bremer, L.L., Wenger, A.S., Dacks, R., Garrod, P., Falinski, K. & Ticktin, T. 2018. Scenario planning with linked land-sea models informs where forest conservation actions will promote coral reef resilience. Scientific Reports 8: 12465.


DiBattista, J., Wakefield, C.B., Moore, G.I., Bunce, M, Williams, A.J., O’Malley, J.M., Humphreys, R.L., Halafihi, J., Williams, A., Green, M.A., Graham, K., Tucker, S.J., Cruz, E., Newman, S.J. 2018. Genomic and life-history discontinuity reveals gene flow from tropical to temperate waters for a deep-water grouper precinctive to west Australia. Ecological Genetics and Genomics 9: 23-33.


Dolgova, S., Popp, B.N., Espie, R., Straka, J., Wilkie, S. & Hebert, C. 2018. Spatial trends in biomagnifying contaminants: Insights from the application of amino acid compound specific stable nitrogen isotope analysis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 37(5): 1466–1475.


Doorenweerd, C., Leblanc, L., Norrbom, A.L., San Jose, M. & Rubinoff, D. 2018. A global checklist of the 932 fruit fly species in the tribe Dacini (Diptera: Tephritidae). ZooKeys 730: 19-56.


Dudoit, A., Iacchei, M., Coleman, R.R., Gaither, M.R., Browne, W., Bowen, B.W. & Toonen R.J. 2018. The little shrimp that could: phylogeography of the circumtropical shrimp, Stenopus hispidus (Crustacea: Decapoda), reveals divergent Atlantic and Pacific lineages, PeerJ 6: e4409 DOI 10.7717/peerj.4409.


Dupuis, J.R., Sim, S.B., San Jose, M., Leblanc, L., Hoassain, M.A., Rubinoff, D. & Geib, S.M. 2018. Population genomics and comparisons of selective signatures in two invasions of melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae). Biological Invasions 20: 1211-1228.


Fantle-Lepczyk, J., Taylor, A., Duffy, D.C., Crampton, L.H. & Conant, S. 2018. Using population viability analysis to evaluate management activities for an endangered Hawaiian endemic, the Puaiohi (Myadestes palmeri). PLoS ONE 13(6): e0198952.


Frable, B.W., Tucker, S.J., Walker, H.J. 2018. A new species of grouper, Epinephelus craigi (Epinephelus: Perciformes), from the South China Sea. Ichthyological Research Online first.


Gloeckler, K., Choy, C.A., Hannides, C.C.S, Close, H.G., Goetze, E., Popp, B.N. & Drazen, J.C. 2018. Stable isotope analysis of micronekton around Hawaii reveals suspended particles are an important nutritional source in the lower mesopelagic and upper bathypelagic zones. Limnology and Oceanography 63(3): 1168-1180.


Gomes, S.I.F., Merckx,V.S.F.T. & Hynson, N.A. 2018. Biological invasions increase the richness of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from a Hawaiian subtropical ecosystem. Biological Invasions 20: 2421-2437.


Gómez, C., Larsen, T., Popp, B.N., Hobson, K.A. & Cadena, K.D. 2018. Assessing seasonal changes in animal diets with stable-isotope analysis of amino acids: a migratory boreal songbird switches diet over its annual cycle. Oecologia 187: 1-13.


Hays, B.R., Sperry, J., Drake, D.R. & Hruska, A.M. 2018. Husking stations provide insight into seed predation and possible dispersal by non-native rodents of Oʻahu. Pacific Science 72: 335-344.


Hebert, C. & Popp, B.N. 2018. Temporal trends in a biomagnifying contaminant: application of amino acid compound-specific stable nitrogen isotope analysis to the interpretation of bird mercury levels. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 37: 1485-1465.


Helmkampf, M., Wolfgruber, T.K., Bellinger, M.R., Paudel, R., Kantar, M.B., Miyasaka, S.C. Kimball, H., Veillet A., Read, A. & Shintaku, M. 2018. Phylogenetic relationships, breeding implications, and cultivation history of Hawaiian taro (Colocasia esculenta) through genome-wide SNP genotyping. Journal of Heredity 109(3): 272-282.


Höhna, S., Coghill, L.M., Mount, G.G., Thomson, R.C. & Brown, J.M. 2018. P3: Phylogenetic Posterior Prediction in RevBayes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 35: 1028-1034.


Hynson, N.A., Frank, K.L., Alegado, R.A., Amend, A.S., Arif, M., Bennett, G.M., Jani, A.J., Medeiros, M.C.I., Mileyko, Y., Nelson, C.E., Nguyen, N.H., Nigro, O.D., Prisic, S., Shin, S., Takagi, D., Wilson, S.T. & Yew, J. Y. 2018. Synergy among microbiota and their hosts: leveraging the Hawaiian archipelago and local collaborative networks to address pressing questions in microbiome research. MSystems 3: e00159-17.


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.


Lepczyk, C.A. & Duffy, D.C. 2018. Feral cats. In: Ecology and Management of Terrestrial Vertebrate Invasive Species in the United States (Pitt, W.C., Beasley, J.C. & Witmer, G.W., eds.), p. 269-310. CRC Press, Boca Raton.


Lepczyk, C.A. & Rubnioff, D. 2018 Ecological issues. In: Ecology and Management of Terrestrial Vertebrate Invasive Species in the United States (Pitt, W.C., Beasley, J.C. & Witmer, G.W., eds.), p. 81-98. CRC Press, Boca Raton.


Liu, Q., Tolar, B.B., Ross, M.J., Cheek, J.B., Sweeney, C.M., Wallsgrove, N.J., Popp, B.N. & Hollibaugh J.T. 2018. Light and temperature control the seasonal distribution of Thaumarchaeota in the South Atlantic Bight. The ISME Journal 12: 1473-1485.


Mora, C., Rollins, R.L., Taladay, K., Kantar, M.B., Chock, M.K., Shimada, M. & Franklin, E.C. 2018. Bitcoin emissions alone could push global warming above 2°C. Nature Climate Change 8: 931-933.


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.


Ram, Y., Altenberg, L., Liberman, U. & Feldman, M.W. 2018. Generation of variation and a modified mean fitness principle: necessity is the mother of genetic invention. Theoretical Population Biology 123: 1-8.


Richards, E.J., Brown, J.M., Barley, A.J., Chong, R.A. & Thomson, R.C. 2018. Variation across mitochondrial gene trees provides evidence for systematic error: How much gene tree variation is biological? Systematic Biology 67: 847-860.


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.


Rubinoff, D. 2018. Bees Gone Wild. Scientific American.


Sackett, D.K., Drazen, J.C., Popp, B.N., Choy C.A., Blum, J.D. & Johnson, M.W. 2018. Carbon, nitrogen and mercury isotope evidence for the biogeochemiscal history of mercury in bottom fish. Environmental Science & Technology 51: 13976-13984.


San Jose, M., Doorenweerd, C., Leblanc, L., Barr, N. Geib, S. & Rubinoff, D. 2018. Incongruence between molecules and morphology: a seven-gene phylogeny of Dacini fruit flies paves the way for reclassification (Diptera: Tephritidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 121: 139-149.


Shay, K. & Drake, D.R. 2018. Pollination biology of the Hawaiian coastal vine Jacquemontia sandwicensis (Convolvulaceae). Pacific Science 72: 485-499.


Singh, H.W., Wade, R.M. & Sherwood, A.R. 2018. Diurnal patterns of airborne algae in the Hawaiian Islands: a preliminary study. Aerobiologia 34: 363-73.


Slik, F., … Drake, D.R., …, Zahawi, R.A, ... (187 authors!). 2018. Phylogenetic classification of the world’s tropical forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 115: 1837-1842.


Thomson, R.C., Spinks, P.Q. & Shaffer, H.B. 2018. Molecular phylogeny and divergence of the map turtles (Emydidae: Graptemys). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 121: 61-70.


Ticktin, T., Quazi, S., Dacks, R., Tora, M., McGuigan, A., Hastings, Z. & Naikatini, A. 2018. Linkages between measures of biodiversity and community resilience in Pacific Island agroforests. Conservation Biology 32(5): 1085-1095.


Trauernicht, C., Ticktin, T., Fraiola, H., Hastings, Z. & Tsuneuyoshi, A. 2018. Active restoration enhances long-term recovery of a Hawaiian mesic forest. Forest Ecology and Management 411: 1-11.


Vinnikov, K.A., Thomson, R.C. & Munroe, T.A. 2018. Revised classification of the righteye flounders (Teleostei: Pleuronectidae) based on multilocus phylogeny with complete taxon sampling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 125: 147-162.


Wade, R.M., Spalding, H.L., Peyton, K.A., Foster, K., Sauvage, T.S., Ross, M. & Sherwood, A.R. 2018. A new record of Avrainvillea erecta (Berkeley) A. Gepp & E. S. Gepp (Bryopsidales, Chlorophyta) in urbanized estuaries in the Hawaiian Islands. Biodiversity Data Journal 6:e21617.


Wade, R.M. & Sherwood, A.R. 2018. Updating Plakobranchus cf. ianthobapsus (Gastropoda, Sacoglossa) host use: diverse algal-animal interactions revealed by NGS with implications for invasive species management. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 128: 172-181.


Wehr, N.H., Hess, S.C. & Litton, C.M. 2018. Biology and impacts of Pacific Islands invasive species. 14. Sus scrofa, the feral pig (Artiodactyla: Suidae). Pacific Science 72(2): 177-198.


Wilcox C.L., Motomura, H., Matsunuma, M. & Bowen, B.W. 2018. Phylogeographic analyses of lionfish (Pterois) species indicate taxonomic oversplitting and hybrid origin for the invasive Pterois volitans. Journal of Heredity 109(2):162–17.


Wong-Ala, J.A.T.K., Comfort, C.M., Gove, J.M., Hixon, M.A., McManus, M.A., Powell, B.S., Whitney. J.L. & Neuheimer, A.B. 2018. How life history characteristics and environmental forcing shape settlement success of coral reef fishes. Frontiers in Marine Science 5: 65. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00065.


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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