EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


Student meeting (faculty invited to participate!)


Paul Riley

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Public perceptions of the box jellyfish Alatina alata and other natural hazards at Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii (MS defense)


Faculty meeting




Dr. Rakan Zahawi

Director, Lyon Arboretum

Applied nucleation and forest recovery in the Neotropics - a decade-long restoration study in southern Costa Rica


Workshop for students on applying for EECB grants


Dr. Brian Bowen

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Transplantation option to restore coral reefs


Student workshop on non-academia careers after graduation

Note: room change - St. John 007


Dr. Laura Tipton

Department of Botany

Fungi within the human lung microbiome


Rebecca Weible

Department of Biology

Proposal: The life history traits of resource fishes within and surrounding a community based subsistence fishing area at Hā‘ena, Kaua‘i


No Evoluncheon - alternative seminar (PhD defense)

Gerry Cobian

Department of Botany

Foliar fungal endophytes associated with native Hawaiian plants and the biogeography of their interactions across the archipelago

Room: Watanabe 420 11.30-12.30


Aleta Corpuz

Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences

Title forthcoming


Tim Kroessig

Department of Botany

Visitors in the night - moth pollination in Hawaiian flora


No Evoluncheon - Spring Break


Amy Hruska

Department of Botany

Title forthcoming


Robyn Screen

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming


Stevie Kennedy-Gold

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming


Sarah Tucker

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming


Jessica Schaefer

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming


No Evoluncheon - Tester Symposium


Veronica Gibson

Department of Botany

Title forthcoming


Michael Wallstrom

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming



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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 for spring 2018: Botany— Solomon Champion, Zoe Hastings, Scott Van de Berg; Marine Biology—Marisa McDonald; Natural Resources and Environmental Management— Katia Chikasuye, Darci Yogi; Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences—Jared Bernard; Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences—Aleta Corpuz; Zoology—Randi Rollins.


The UH Manoa Information and Computer Sciences Graduate Program is now affiliated with EECB. Check out the program's website.


Dr. Nhu Nguyen (Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences) joined the EECB faculty.


Dr. Lee Altenberg (Department of Information and Computer Sciences) and Dr. Melissa Price (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management) joined the EECB faculty.


The 2017-2018 graduate student representatives are Christine Elliott and Luke Campillo


EECB Fellowships 2017

The following graduate students were 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


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 and former members in 2018


Birkeland, C. 2018. Global status of coral reefs: as disturbances and stressors combine from events into trends, they become ratchets. In: World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation, Volume 3, Chapter 2 (Sheppard, C.R.C. ed.), 22 p. Elsevier, Oxford. (in press).


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


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 in press.


Cowie, R.H. (Editor) 2018. Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group. No. 26, 37 p.


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 doi: 10.1002/etc.4113.


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 First Online.


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 doi: 10.1002/lno.10762. Early View.


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 in press.


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 doi: 10.1002/etc.4092.


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 in press.


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 doi:10.1038/s41396-018-0066-4.


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 in press.


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 in press.


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 in press.


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.


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 in press.


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.


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