I am a broadly trained evolutionary biologist
with specific expertise in molecular approaches to understanding island
biogeography, devising management and conservations strategies for rare
native species radiations, and identification, control and eradication
of harmful invasive organisms.
ecology: We have a full molecular lab, with the equipment
and expertise needed to generate DNA data that we use to study island
biodiversity via application of genetic markers, in order to:
examine and evaluate conservation-relevant systematic patterns
define evolutionarily significant units
understand population structure
reconstruct phylogenetic relationships and historical biogeographic
quantify underlying genetic diversity
Field studies: We
participate in and conduct regular surveys, sampling and collecting of
endemic and invasive land snails, predatory triclad flatworms, and other
invertebrates, as well as certain vertebrate predators of native invertebrates.
Much of our field work takes place in pristine high elevation forest
reserves of the Hawaiian Islands.
Collaborations: A number
of biogeographic collaborations are ongoing, with various of researchers
at UH and elsewhere on species including Jackson's chameleons, Hawaiian
box jellyfish, Hawaiian opihi, invasive and native succineid land snails,
and invasive insects.