EECB Evoluncheon Series

Fridays 11:30 to 12:30

Gilmore 306


No Evoluncheon


No Evoluncheon


Dr. Charles Birkeland

Department of Biology

Tradeoffs between fecundity, survival, and fast growth in the evolutionary history of corals





Dr. Deren Eaton

Yale University

Insights from clade-level phylogenomics across different evolutionary scales


EECB student meeting


No Evoluncheon


Kaleonani Hurley

Department of Biology

MS defense - Mesophotic coral reefs fail to provide depth refuge for brachyuran crab communities in Hawaii




Nonacademic careers in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology: Q&A with State and Federal biologists


Raphael Ritson-Williams

Department of Biology

Coral recruitment in a high CO2 environment: a trans-generational perspective"


Áki Láruson

Department of Biology

Eastern Pacific Barrier holding? Connectivity patterns of the Collector Urchin


Caroline Dong

Department of Biology

MS defense - title to be announced


No Evoluncheon - Spring break



No Evoluncheon - Good Friday


No Evoluncheon - Tester Symposium


Annick Cros

Department of Biology

Connecting Palau's reefs: a population genetics approach to coral reef management in warming seas


Emily Johnston

Department of Botany

Diversity of terrestrial microbial communities at the ocean/land interface of O'ahu's windward coast


Dr. Brian Bowen

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Trails of the ancient mariners: tracking marine turtles with molecular genetic markers



Kirill Vinnikov

Department of Biology

De novo assembly and functional annotation of the first transcriptome for goby fishes (Gobiidae)


No Evoluncheon - Botany Proposal Symposium

St. John 011, 8 am to 4 pm



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: Veronica Gibson (Botany), Joshua Hibit (Botany), Amy Hruska (Botany), Amanda Knauf (NREM), Elaine Luo (Biology), Eileen Nalley (Biology), Robyn Screen (Biology), Nipuni Sirimalwatta (Botany), Rachel Wade (Botany), Van Wishingrad (Biology)

And the following who will be admitted to EECB in the Fall semester: Matthew Bond (Botany), April Cascasan (Botany), Michael Hoban (Biology), Marian Howe (Biology), Derek Kraft (Biology), Farrah Powell (Geography)

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


Maybelle Roth Scholarship - Emily Johnston

Watson T. Yoshimoto Scholarships - Annick Cros, Deena Gary, Jonatha Giddens, Áki Láruson, Raphael Ritson-Williams, Eric Tong, Kirill Vinnikov

Hampton & Meredith Carson Scholarship - Caroline Dong, Andersonn Prestes, Thomas Smith, Jonathan Whitney


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


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


Melissa Van Kleeck replaces Áki Jarl Láruson and joins Emily Johnston as the 2014-2015 graduate student representatives. Thanks to Áki for two years of sterling service!


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.


Jonatha Giddens won the award for Best Student Presentation at the recent Hawaii Conservation Conference (July 2014)


Dr. Robert Cowie published a book recounting his experiences in Africa, primarily while working on termites in the 1970s and 1980s: "Journey to a Waterfall - a Biologist in Africa".

Latest News from EECB

A selection of new publications from EECB members in 2014 and 2015:


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.


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.


Chiaverano, L.M., Wright, M.J. & Holland, B.S. 2014. Movement behavior is habitat dependent in invasive Jackson's chameleons in Hawaii. Journal of Herpetology 48: 471-479.


Giddens, J., Friedlander, A.M., Conklin, E., Wiggins, C., Stamoulis, K. & Donovan, M.K. 2014. Experimental removal of the invasive peacock hind (roi) Cephalopholis argus, in Puako, Hawaii: methods for assessing and managing marine invasive species. Marine Ecology Progress Series 511: 209-221


Glass, D.J., Taylor, A.D., Herriott, I.C., Ruess, R.W. & Taylor D.L. 2014. Habitat preferences, distribution, and temporal persistence of a novel fungal taxon in Alaskan boreal forest soils. Fungal Ecology DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2014.03.001


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.

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