(by department, unit or institution, with membership of affiliated graduate program(s) in parentheses)

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Department of Anthropology

No current EECB faculty

Department of Biology (formerly Zoology)

Rebecca Chong (Zoology)

Genomics and evolution of symbiotic interactions

Kathleen S. Cole (Marine Biology, Zoology)

Evolution of sexual patterns; behavioral ecology

Sheila Conant (Marine Biology, Zoology, emerita)

Conservation biology, life history and ecology of Hawaiian birds

Mark A. Hixon (Marine Biology, Zoology

Marine ecology and conservation biology, especially regarding coral-reef fishes

Robert A. Kinzie III (Zoology, emeritus)
Aquatic ecology, coral reefs and tropical streams

Leonard Freed (Zoology, emeritus)
Bird ecology and evolution

Peter B. Marko (Marine Biology, Zoology)
Evolution, biogeography and conservation

Megan L. Porter (Marine Biology, Zoology)

Molecular evolution, visual system evolution

Andrew D. Taylor (Zoology)

Population ecology

Floyd Reed (Zoology)

Population genetics

Robert C. Thomson (Zoology)

Phylogenetics and conservation

Timothy C. Tricas (Marine Biology, Zoology)

Sensory biology, behavior and behavioral ecology of reef fish

Amber N. Wright (Zoology)

Population, community and behavioral ecology; conservation of reptiles, amphibians and mammals

Department of Botany

Anthony Amend (Botany)

Ecology and biogeography of biotrophic fungal communities

Kasey E. Barton (Botany)

Evolutionary ecology

Curtis C. Daehler (Botany)

Invasive plants, plant-insect interactions

Donald R. Drake (Botany)

Plant Ecology, conservation biology, plant-animal interactions

David Cameron Duffy (Botany, Zoology)

Conservation biology (basic and applied)

Sterling C. Keeley (Botany)

Plant molecular systematics and evolution

Mark D. Merlin (Botany, Geography)

Biogeography, ethnobotany, Pacific natural history

Clifford W. Morden (Botany) EECB Program Chair

Molecular systematics and evolution of plants and algae

Tom Ranker (Botany)
Origin and evolution of the flora of oceanic and other islands

Alison R. Sherwood (Botany, Marine Biology)
Evolution, systematics and population genetics of Hawaiian algae

Celia M. Smith (Botany, Marine Biology)

Physiological ecology of marine macrophytes, marine ecology

Heather Spalding

Deepwater macroalgal ecology and physiology

Tamara Ticktin (Botany)

Ethnoecology and conservation

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Rebecca L. Cann (Anthropology, Cell and Molecular Biology)

Conservation genetics and molecular evolution

Department of Geography


Qi (Evan) Chen (Geography)
Use of field observations, GIS, remote sensing and ecological modeling for addressing key environmental challenges

Camilo Mora (Geography)
Biogeography, threats to biodiversity, global conservation assessments and methods for macroecology

Department of Geology and Geophysics

Brian N. Popp (Marine Biology, Oceanography)

Stable isotope biogeochemistry, primarily in marine systems

Department of Information and Computer Sciences

Lee Altenberg

Evolutionary computation and theoretical population genetics; Hawaiian dry forest conservation and biosecurity for Hawaii

Lyon Arboretum

Zak Zahawi

Tropical ecology with a particular focus in restoration ecology

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)

Brian W. Bowen (Cell and Molecular Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology)

Phylogeography, evolution and conservation genetics of marine vertebrates

Robert Toonen (Marine Biology, Oceanography, Zoology)

Population biology and larval ecology of marine invertebrates

Department of Microbiology

No current EECB faculty

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM)

Travis W. Idol (NREM)

Forest soils and nutrient cycling

Creighton M. Litton (NREM)
Forest ecology

Melissa Price (NREM)
Conservation ecology and genetics

Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC)

Robert H. Cowie (Zoology)

Biodiversity, invasive species, conservation, extinction; rat lungworm disease and parasitic nematodes

Nicole Hynson (Botany)
Ecological factors that shape plant and fungal communities

Kenneth Y. Kaneshiro (Entomology, Zoology)
Sexual selection and biology of small populations

Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS)

Gordon M. Bennett (Entomology)

Insect evolution, insect-microbial symbioses, insect-pathogen interactions

Daniel Rubinoff (Entomology)

Insect systematics, conservation biology, and the evolution of ecological traits

Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (TPSS)

Michael Kantar (TPSS)

Plant breeding, genetics/genomics, domestication, crop wild relatives

Nhu Nguyen (TPSS)
Soil microbial ecology, diversity and systematics

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM)

Lorna H. Arita-Tsutsumi

Behavioral ecology of insects

Department of Biology

William J. Mautz

Environmental physiology, environmental toxicology, ecological energetics, respiration physiology, herpetology

Rebecca Ostertag

Community structure and nutrient dynamics; ecosystem function of tropical forests

Department of Marine Science

Marta J. DeMaintenon

Evolution of gastropod organogenetic patterns

Affiliate Graduate Faculty

Bishop Museum

Allen Allison (Zoology)

Systematics and population biology

Neal L. Evenhuis (Entomology)
Systematics and evolution of Diptera

Norine W. Yeung
(affiliate in PBRC)
Phylogenetics and conservation of Hawaiian land snails

California Academy of Sciences

Durrell D. Kapan
(affiliate in PBRC)
Evolution and genetics of warning color and mimicry in Lepidoptera; applied evolutionary ecology and molecular population genetics

Hawaii Cooperative Fishery Research Unit

Charles Birkeland (emeritus)
Coral reef ecology and management, marine community ecology

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Lisa Cali Crampton
Ecology and conservation of birds and mammals

Hawaii Pacific University

Brenden S. Holland (Zoology)

Molecular phylogeography of Pacific Island radiations, conservation genetics, systematics, invasion biology

National Geographic Pristine Seas

Alan M. Friedlander (NREM)
Nearshore fisheries

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Diane Ragone

Horticulture and ethnobotany of breadfruit


(by graduate program)

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa


  • Marla Chassels
  • Nicole Chatterson


  • Jesse Adams
  • Kari Bogner
  • Matthew Bond
  • Kelsey Brock
  • Feresa Cabrera
  • April Cascasan
  • Solomon Champion
  • Michael Coe
  • Austen Conlon
  • Angela Costanzo
  • Veronica Gibson (2018-19 graduate student representative)
  • Emily Grave
  • Zoe Hastings
  • Joshua Hibit
  • Amy Hruska
  • Emily Johnston
  • Noweo Kai
  • Katie Kamelamela
  • Tim Kroessig
  • Tiffany Lum
  • Ashley McGuigan
  • Patricai Pali
  • Mersedeh Pejhanmehr
  • Smrity Ramavarapu
  • Nipuni Sirimalwatta
  • Scott Van de Berg
  • Rachael Wade
  • Peter Wiggin

Cell and Molecular Biology

  • No current EECB students


  • Aurora Kagawa-Viviani

Marine Biology

  • Eric Dilley
  • Michael Hoban
  • Trevor Johannsen
  • Derek Kraft
  • Elaine Luo
  • Marisa McDonald
  • Eileen Nalley
  • Sarah Tucker

Natural Resources and Environmental Management

  • Carmen Antaky
  • Katia Chikasuye
  • Dain Christensen
  • Wailea Collins
  • Kristen Harmon
  • Merra (Marian) Howe
  • Laura Luther
  • Angelica Melone
  • Courtney Payne
  • Paul Riley
  • Nate Wehr
  • Darcy Yogi


  • Wesley Sparagon
  • Eric Tong

Entomology (Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences)

  • Jared Bernard
  • Christine Elliott
  • Kirsten Poff
  • Brad Reil
  • Michael San Jose

Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences

  • Aleta Corpuz

Zoology (Department of Biology)

  • Valentina Alvarez
  • Melissa Atkins
  • Helena Barreto
  • Erik Brush
  • Luke Campillo (2018-19 graduate student representative)
  • Sean Canfield
    • Richard Coleman
    • Joshua Copus
    • Maria Costantini
    • Ale‘alani Dudoit
    • Michelle Higashi
    • Ryan Jones (2018-19 graduate student representative)
    • Stevie Kennedy-Gold
    • Áki Jarl Láruson
    • Jessica Maxfield
    • Hannah Moon
    • Sitara Palecanda
    • Raphael Ritson-Williams
    • Randi Rollins
    • Jessica Schaefer
    • Robyn Screen
    • Caitlin Shishido
    • Thomas Smith
    • Rachel Sommer
    • Kirill Vinnikov
    • Van Wishingrad

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