EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


Faculty Meeting


No Evoluncheon


Student meeting




Áki Jarl Láruson

Department of Biology

What is conservation genetics anyway?


Dr. Steve Robinow

Department of Biology

Why teach evolution? A discussion


Sean Canfield

Department of Biology

Phylogeography of the bullhead sharks: heterodo's and heterodon'ts


Dr. Sarah Frias-Torres

Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, Florida

Bringing back giants from the brink: from goliath groupers to coral reefs


Dr. Camilo Mora

Department of Geography

Patterns, processes and threats to biodiversity of Earth


No Evoluncheon - Tester Symposium


Dr. Amber Wright

Department of Biology

Challenges in using ecological niche models for conservation planning under climate change: a case study with California reptiles and amphibians


No Evoluncheon - Spring break


Raphael Ritson-Williams

Department of Biology

Testing the effects of stressors on natural systems: are we doing it wrong?


Kimberly Shay

Department of Botany

The pollination network of a native Hawaiian coastal plant community


Jessica Maxfield

Department of Biology

Uncovering the secrets of sex change: mapping the molecular pathway that leads to sex change in two species of gobiid fishes


No Evoluncheon - Good Friday


Dr. Qi Chen

Department of Geography

Using alternative allometric equations for forest biomass and carbon estimation and modeling: a test with airborne lidar


Dr. Heather Spalding

Department of Botany

Mesophotic macroalgae across the Hawaiian archipelago: endemism runs deep


Molly Hagemann

Collection Manager, Bishop Museum

Resources available to graduate students at the Bishop Museum



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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Jonatha Giddens won the award for Best Student Presentation at the recent Hawaii Conservation Conference


Dr. Amber Wright (Department of Biology) has joined the EECB faculty


Dr. Camilo Mora (Department of Geography) has joined the EECB faculty


Dr. Tom Ranker (Department of Botany) has joined the EECB faculty


Dr. Brian N. Popp (Department of Geology and Geophysics) has joined the EECB faculty


Dr. Norine W. Yeung (Pacific Biosciences Research Center) has joined the EECB faculty

Please welcome new EECB students: Annick Cross (Biology), Ale‘alani Dudoit (Biology), Bonnie Dietrich (Plant and Environmental Protection Sciencies), Deena Gary (Biology), Jessica Maxfield (Biology), Bruna Oliveira (Biology), Thomas Smith (Biology)

Dr. Robert Cowie has stepped down as Chair of EECB and has been replaced by Dr. Cliff Morden

Latest News from EECB

New publications from EECB members in 2014:


Kim, J.R., Hayes, K.A., Yeung, N.W. & Cowie, R.H. 2014. Diverse gastropod hosts of Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the rat lungworm, globally and with a focus on the Hawaiian Islands. PLoS ONE 9(5): e94969.


Chiaverano, L.M. & Holland, B.S. 2014. Impact of a predatory invasive lizard on the endangered Hawaiian snail Achatinella mustelina: a threat assessment. Endangered Species Research. 24:115-123.

Christie, M.R. & Hixon, M.A. 2014. Patterns of reef-fish larval dispersal in Exuma Sound, Bahamas. In: Ray, G.C. & McCormick-Ray, J. (eds.), Marine Conservation: Science, Policy, and Management, p. 225-227. Wiley-Blackwell: West Sussex, UK.


Hixon, M.A.  2014. How do so many kinds of coral-reef fishes coexist? In: Ray, G.C. & McCormick-Ray, J. (eds.), Marine Conservation: Science, Policy, and Management, p. 109-110. Wiley-Blackwell: West Sussex, UK.


Hixon, M.A. & Albins, M.A. 2014. Invasion of Bahamian coral reefs by predatory Pacific red lionfish. In: Ray, G.C. & McCormick-Ray, J. (eds.), Marine Conservation: Science, Policy, and Management, p. 215-218. Wiley-Blackwell: West Sussex, UK.


Cole, R.J. & LittonC.M. 2014. Vegetation response to removal of non-native feral pigs from Hawaiian tropical montane wet forest. Biological Invasions 16: 125-140.


The following graduate students were recently awarded EECB scholarships:


Maybelle Roth Scholarship - Raphael Ritson-Williams, Jonathan Whitney

Watson T. Yoshimoto Scholarships - Richard Coleman, Melissa Wright

Hampton & Meredith Carson Scholarship - Kirill Vinnikov


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