EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


Faculty meeting


Student meeting


Dr. Charles Birkeland

Department of Biology

Biological understanding of Pacific islanders allows working with, not against, coral-reef fisheries





Dr. Brian Bowen

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Fishes that rule the world: circumtropical distributions revisted


Jessica Maxfield

Department of Biology

Dude look like a lady: how a fish goes from sperm producing to ova producing and (sometimes) back again




Dr. Mark Merlin

Department of Botany

Contested classification of Cannabis: economic, social, political and legal ramifications





Barnabas Seyler

Department of Botany

An ethnobotanical approach to orchid biocultural diversity conservation in China


An introduction to the various botanical garden models in China: challenges and opportunities


Jesse Adams

Department of Botany

Title forthcoming

April Cascasan

Department of Botany

Resolution of the evolutionary relationships of Myoporum stellatumand M. sandwicense in the Hawaiian Islands

Nipuni Sirimalwatta

Department of Botany

Phylogeny, evolution and biogeography of the genera Radiogrammitis Parris and Oreogrammitis Copel. (Polypodiaceae)


Dr. André Raine

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project

Title forthcoming


No Evoluncheon - Spring Break



Emilie Richards

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming


No Evoluncheon - Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium


Raphael Ritson-Williams

Department of Biology

Patterns and Processes Driving Coral Response to a Changing World


‘Ale‘alani Dudoit

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming


Dr. Lisa ('Cali') Crampton

Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project

Title forthcoming



Annick Cros

Department of Biology

Title forthcoming






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 for 2016: Biology Department—Helena Barreto, Erik Brush, Eric Dilley; BotanyDepartment—Jesse Adams, Ashley McGuigan, Patricia Pali, Barnabas Seyler, Peter Wiggin; Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences—Brad Reil


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

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.


Gaither, M.R., Bowen, B.W., Rocha, L.A. & Briggs, J.C. 2015. Fishes that rule the world: circumtropical distributions revisited. Fish and Fisheries On-line early.


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.


Leblanc, L. M. San Jose, M. Wright & Rubinoff, D. 2015. Declines in biodiversity and the abundance of pest species across land use gradients in Southeast Asia. Landscape Ecology First online.


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 29: 1715-1723.


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.


Rubinoff, D., San Jose, M., Johnson, P., Wells, R., Osborne, K. & Leroux, J.J. 2015. Ghosts of glaciers and the disjunct distribution of a threatened California moth (Euprosperpinus euterpe). Biological Conservation 184: 278-289.


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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