EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


Faculty meeting





Student meeting


Dr. Floyd Reed

Department of Biology

Conservation genetics meets genetic engineering


Dr. Gordon Bennett

Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences

Evolution of obligate symbioses in sap-feeding insects


Dr. Marian Chau

Lyon Arboretum

Seed storage, germination, and upcoming research at the Lyon Arboretum Seed Conservation Lab



No Evoluncheon


Kenta Watanabe

Okinawa College, National Institute of Technology, Japan, and UH Department of Botany

Breeding systems of genus Psychotria on the Ryukyu, Bonin and Hawaiian Islands


Dr. Tom Ranker

Department of Botany

Teaching life science today: classic techniques and novel approaches


Dr. Kasey Barton

Department of Botany

Toxins, tolerance, and time: ontogenetic patterns in plant defense and herbivory


Drs. Mark Hixon and Rob Toonen

Department of Zoology and Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Panel discussion: How to publish in a peer-reviewed scientific journal



Marla Chassels

Department of Anthropology

Tigers are good to think: cultural constructions of tigers


Dr. Sheina Sim

Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, and Agricultural Research Services, USDA, Hilo

Flying by the seat of our pants: applying basic science and novel genomic techniques to the control of economically important tephritid pests


Dr. Patrick G. Meirmans

University of Amsterdam

The remarkably limited explanatory power of molecular ecology


No Evoluncheon - Day after Thanksgiving



Dr. Tiffany Knight

Washington University, St. Louis

A global synthesis of the causes and consequences of pollen limitation




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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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.

Please welcome new EECB students: Matthew Bond (Botany), April Cascasan (Botany), Michael Hoban (Biology), Marian Howe (Biology), Derek Kraft (Biology), Farrah Powell (Geography)


The new 2015-2016 graduate student representatives are Jessica Maxfield and Rachael Wade

The following graduate students were awarded EECB fellowships:

Maybelle Roth Scholarship - Jonatha Giddens

Watson T. Yoshimoto Scholarships - Rachael Wade, Sean Canfield, Joshua Hibit, Eileen Nalley

Hampton & Meredith Carson Scholarship - Áki Láruson, Jessica Maxfield, Emily Richards


IACUC protocols and regulations - Evoluncheon presentation by Melilssa Van Kleeck 12 December 2014


Dr. Anthony Amend (Department of Botany) has joined the EECB faculty


Dr. Andy Taylor and two collaborators were recently awarded a grant of over $1 million by NSF for "Testing a microbial-association-distribution hypothesis to explain spatial distributions and species coexistence in a community of epiphytic plants

Latest News from EECB

A selection of new publications from EECB members in 2015:


Chynoweth, M.W., Lepczyk, C.A., Litton, C.M., Hess, S.C., Kellner, J.R. & Cordell, S. 2015. Dispersal and home range use of non-native feral goats in a tropical island montane dry landscape. PLOS ONE 10(3): e0119231.


Cowie, R.H., Hayes, K.A. & Strong, E.E. 2015. Types of Ampullariidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the U.S. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, with lectotype designations. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 645: [i-iii], 1-13.


Cowie, R.H. 2015. The recent apple snails of Africa and Asia (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Ampullariidae: Afropomus, Forbesopomus, Lanistes, Pila, Saulea): a nomenclatural and type catalogue. The apple snails of the Americas: addenda and corrigenda. Zootaxa 3940(1): 1-92.


Dong, C.M., Engstrom, T.N. & Thomson, R.C. 2015. Origins of softshell turtles in Hawaii with implications for conservation. Conservation Genetics. (On-line early)


Evans, E.W., Ellsworth L.M. & Litton, C.M. 2015. Impact of grazing on fine fuels and potential fire behavior in a nonnative tropical grassland. Pacific Conservation Biology 21: 126-132.


Fernández-Palácios, J.M., Kueffer, C.K. & Drake, D.R. 2015. A new golden era in island biology. Frontiers of Biogeography 7: 14-20.


Hayes, K.A. . . . [31 others] . . . & Cowie, R.H. 2015. Insights from an integrated view of the biology of apple snails (Caenogastropoda: Ampullariidae). Malacologia 58(1-2): 245-302.


Hixon, M.A. 2015. Predation: piscivory and the ecology of coral-reef fishes. In: Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs (Mora, C., ed.), p. 41-52. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


Hixon, M.A. 2015. Reef fishes, seaweeds, and corals: a complex triangle. In: Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene (Birkeland, C., ed.). Springer Science, New York.


Kueffer, C.K., Drake, D.R. & Fernández-Palácios, J.M. 2014. Island Biology—looking toward the future. Biology Letters 10: 20140719.

McConkey, K.R. & Drake, D.R. 2015. No redundancy in the seed dispersal function of flying foxes on a Pacific Island. AoB PLANTS 7: plv088.


Ramos-Ascherl, Z., Williams, E.H., Bunkley-Williams, L., Tuttle, L.J., Sikkel, P.C. & Hixon, M.A. 2015. Parasitism in Pterois volitans (Scorpaenidae) from coastal waters of Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. Journal of Parasitology 101: 50-56.


Régnier, C., Bouchet, P., Hayes, K.A., Yeung, N.W., Christensen, C.C., Chung, D.J.D., Fontaine, B. & Cowie, R.H. 2015. Extinction in a hyperdiverse endemic Hawaiian land snail family and implications for the underestimation of invertebrate extinction. Conservation Biology. (Early view).


Régnier, C., Achaz, G., Lambert, A., Cowie, R.H., Bouchet, P. & Fontaine, B. 2015. Mass extinction in poorly known taxa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(25): 7761-7766.


Sale, P.F. & Hixon, M.A. 2015. Addressing the global decline in coral reefs and forthcoming impacts on fishery yields. In: Interrelationships Between Corals and Fisheries (Bortone, S.A., ed.), p. 7-15. CRC Press, Boca Raton.


Shiels, A.B. & Drake, D.R. 2015. Barriers to seed and seedling survival of once-common Hawaiian palms: the role of invasive rats and ungulates. AoB PLANTS 7: plv057.


Van Kleek, M.J., Chiavereano, L.M. & Holland, B.S. 2015. Prey-associated head-size variation in and invasive lizard in the Hawaiian Islands. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. (Early view)


Wilcox, C.L. & Hixon, M.A. 2015. False positive tests for ciguatera may derail efforts to control invasive lionfish. Environmental Biology of Fishes 98: 961-969.


Wright, A.N., Hijmans, R.J., Schwartz, M.W. & Shaffer, H.B. 2015. Multiple sources of uncertainty affect metrics for ranking conservation risk under climate change. Diversity and Distributions 21: 111-122

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