M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science

Cohorts

2018

2018 TCBES Cohort

2017

2017 TCBES Cohort
2017 TCBES Cohort

2016

2016 TCBES Cohort
  • Anthony, Kamala
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Adolf
    • Thesis Title: Mālama Loko Iʻa: Salinity and primary productivity relationships at Honokea loko, Hale o Lono, and Waiahole/Kapalaho on Hawaiʻi Island, HI
  • Blanchet, Geneviève
    • Advisor: Dr. Jolene Sutton
    • Thesis title: Genomic diversity of the critically-endangered 'Alalā (Corvus hawaiiensis) early and late-bottleneck
  • Campbell, Terry
  • Cole, Andrew
    • Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Price
    • Internship option: How Much is Enough?: Linking Field Surveys to Geospatial Modelling for Conservation of Hawaiian Plants
  • Domingo, Ryan
  • Goodale, Kelly
  • Hart, Rose
    • Advisor: Dr. Ryan Perroy
    • Thesis title: Quantifying shoreline change at three diverse coastal geomorphologies on Hawaiʻi Island
  • Kauahi, Cherie
    • Advisor: Dr. Steven Colbert
    • Thesis title: Hydrology of three Loko Iʻa, Hawaiian fishponds, on the eastside of Hawaiʻi Island, HI
  • Kirby, Angalee
  • Kluzak, Christopher
  • Massingill, Justin
  • Montoya-Aiona, Kristina
  • Nakachi, Kaikea
  • Pascoe, Kailey
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
    • Thesis title: Coral reef community structure and demographics act as drivers of partial mortality in corals throughout the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
  • Stallman, Jeffery
    • Advisor: Dr. Michael Shintaku
    • Thesis title: Taxonomy of Hawaiʻi Island’s Lepiotaceous (Agaricaceae) Fungi: Chlorophyllum, Cystolepiota, Lepiota, Leucoagaricus, Leucocoprinus
  • Tman, Zachary
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
  • van Dyk, Kathryn
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hart
    • Internship option: Pollination in Hawaiian forest birds
  • Zarders, Dominique
    • **Advisor: **Dr. Jesse Eiben
    • Thesis title: Investigating Mitochondrial DNA Genes and Bioassays of Lantana Lace Bug to Assess a Possible Host Change

2015

2015 Cohort
  • Burnett, Keith
  • Corpuz, Renee
  • Economy, Louise
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy Wiegner
    • Thesis title: Rainfall driven shifts in Staphylococcus aureus and fecal indicator bacteria in the Hilo Bay watershed
  • Kirkpatrick, Jessica
    • Advisor: Dr. Jesse Eiben
    • Thesis title: An assessment of Nysius wekiuicola populations and thermal microhabitat conditions on cinder cones of the Maunakea Volcano, Hawaiʻi
  • Lopes, Keolohilani
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Adolf
    • Thesis title: Effects of SCUBA bubbles on fish surveys, in and near, marine life conservation districts of Hawaiʻi
  • Luiz, Blaine
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Thesis title: Understanding Ceratocystis sp.: Growth, morphology, and host resistance
  • Morrow, Ashley
  • Nagle, Joshua
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
  • Newton, Keena
  • Norton, Joanna
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: Can Compost from a Nitrogen-Fixing Tree, Falcataria moluccana, replace chemical fertilizer and store carbon in agricultural systems?
  • Parker, James
  • Siddiqui, Sabena
  • Street, Hilary
  • Sur, Gary
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
  • Uehana, Shea
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hart
    • Thesis title: Further Investigation of the dendrochronological potential for Māmane (Sophora chrysophylla) on Mauna Kea, Hawaiʻi

2014

2014 Cohort
  • Abaya, Leilani
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy N. Wiegner
    • Thesis title: Spatial distribution and effects of sewage in Puakō, Hawaiʻi
  • Armstrong, Ellie
  • Busch, Erin
  • Di lorio, Devon
  • Fernandez, Nicole
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: The influence of landscape configuration on ʻōmaʻo vocalizations
  • Gayle, Stephanie
  • Haggerty, Jacqueline
    • Advisor: Dr. William J. Mautz
    • Thesis title: Thermal tolerance of the common coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) in East Hawaiʻi along an elevation gradient
  • Kimball, Heather
  • Hiraide, Liliuokalani
  • Kittle, Ronald
    • Advisor: Dr. Karla J. McDermid Smith
    • Thesis title: Identification of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) gastrointestinal bacteria, and their sensitivity to glyphosate herbicide
  • Lee, Charles
  • Stephenson, Nathan
  • Stever, Heather
    • Advisor: Dr. Jesse Eiben
    • Thesis title: Arthropod diversity estimates for three native subalpine plant species on the Maunakea volcano of Hawaiʻi Island
  • Ulloa, Wesley
    • Advisor: Dr. Jonathan “Jon” Awaya
    • Thesis title: Isolation of mimosine-degrading endophytic bacteria from the seeds and shoot tips of Leucaena leucocephala
  • Zarders, Jorden

2013

2013 TCBES Cohort
  • Beck, Angela
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Vocal repertoire of male and female ‘I‘iwi (Drepanis coccinea)
  • Collins, Topaz Palakika
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Adolf
    • Thesis title: Evaluating techniques of quantifying lipid yield and cell density of Chlorella protothecoides (Krüger) grown on waste glycerol
  • Dow, David
  • Hart, Kendra
    • Advisor: Dr. Karla J. McDermid Smith
    • Thesis title: Responses of native Hawaiian calcifying macroalgae to naturally occurring ocean acidification conditions
  • Howe, Mary
    • Advisor: Dr. Susan Jarvi
    • Thesis title: Addressing angiostrongyliasis on Hawaiʻi Island with research, education outreach, and host control
  • Kalei, Heather
    • Advisor: Dr. Marta deMaintenon
    • Thesis title: Understanding kūpeʻe (Nerita polita) gonad development and population structure for better management and continued use on Hawaiʻi Island
  • Knight, Laura
  • Leka, Ala Malia
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
  • Petersen, Forrest
    • Advisor: Dr. Maria Haws
    • Thesis title: Addressing obstacles to developing oyster culture in Hawaiʻi
  • Pihana, Hoku
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
    • Thesis title: Effects of coral disease on exosymbiotic invertebrate assemblage
  • Roy, Kylle
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Food-web analysis of Hawaiʻi Island’s Blackburnia hawaiiensis (Coleoptera: Carabidae) using next-generation sequencing and stable isotope techniques
  • Stout, Ilana
    • Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Besio
    • Thesis title: Perpetuating agricultural heritage: Saving seeds and stories on Hawaiʻi Island
  • Yakym, Christopher
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price

2012

2012 TCBES Cohort
  • Akau, James
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy N. Wiegner
    • Thesis title: North Hilo (Hilo Paliku) coastal fishery assemblages: Global climate impacts along a highly constained hydrological and precipitation gradient
  • Ben, Tishanna
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Investigating the growth periodicity, stable carbon isotope trend, and climate reconstruction potential of ‘Akoko (Euphorbia olowaluana), a native Hawaiian C4 tree on Mauna Kea, Hawaiʻi, using tree ring analyses
  • Brill, Eva
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Speciation mechanisms in Hawaiian Drosophila: Hybrid male sterility, mating behavior, and differential gene expression in D. planitibia and D. silvestris
  • Collins, Colton
    • Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Price
    • Thesis title: Large-scale diversity and endemism patterns of neotropical Heliconia (Heliconiaceae)
  • Ekar, Jill
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Thesis title: Drivers of incipient sympatric speciation in a long-lived tree in a riparian zone
  • Fezza, Thomas
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: The genetic inheritance of epicuticular hydrocarbons and their role in pheromonal communication in two sympatric species of Hawaiian Drosophila (D. heteroneura and D. silvestris)
  • Frazier, Monika
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
    • Thesis title: Impact of the growth anomaly disease on gene expression in the coral, Montipora capitata, at Waiʻōpae, Hawaiʻi
  • Heu, Linnea 'Ihilani
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Adolf
    • Thesis title: Effects of nutrient enrichment on microbial biomass and class structure in groundwater-fed oligotrophic waters off west Hawaiʻi Island: An experimental investigation
  • Kissinger, Karma
    • Advisor: Maria Haws
    • Thesis title: Use of proteins and oils from soybeans and microalgae to maximize fish meal and fish oil replacement in diets for juvenile giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) and longfin yellowtail (Seriola rivoliana)
  • Mueller, Matthew
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Islands within islands: The effects of habitat fragmentation, novel community interactions, and climate on Hawaiian Drosophila populations
  • Nguyen, Hoang-Yen Xuan
    • Advisor: Dr. Jonathan “Jon” Awaya
    • Thesis title: Phylogeny, bioactivity, and physiology of unique bacterial isolates from Hawaiian marine sponges from Hawaii Island: Insights into the bacteria-sponge relationship
  • Ortiz-Santiago, Vicky
  • Parish, George
  • Pinzari, Corinna
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Population genetics of the Hawaiian Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus)
  • Riney, Michael
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: The impacts of stream flow rates on food resource quality and diets of native endemic Atyid shrimps (Atyoida bisulcata) in Hawaiian streams
  • Sakishima, Tomoko
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Thesis title: Local adaptation of the Hawaiian endemic tree (Metrosideros polymorpha) across a long elevation gradient
  • Schulten, Jodie
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: Assessment of light quality, variability, and seedling presence in Hawaiian lowland wet forests
  • Short, Christine
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Internship option:
  • Sullivan, Timothy
    • Advisor: Kathryn Besio
    • Thesis title: Estimating and applying biological parameters to enhance management of Rauvolfia vomitoria, an invasive tree in North Kohala, Hawaiʻi
  • Wang, Alex
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Juvenile dispersal and adult home range size of an endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper, the Akohekohe (Palmeria dolei)
  • Weisz, Caree
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy N. Wiegner
    • Thesis title: Spatial and temporal microbial pollution patterns in a tropical Hawaiian estuary between high and low river flow conditions
  • Yanger, Corie
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: Impacts of introduced leaf-galling insects on reproduction and seedling survival of Myoporum sandwicense, a native Hawaiian tree

2011

2011 TCBES Cohort
  • Annandale, Senifa
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Turner
    • Thesis title: Diet movement patterns of Scarus rubroviolaceus and Scarus psittacus examined using acoustic telemetry in Puakō Hawaii
  • Aslan, Austin
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Implications of a novel mutualist for fecundity metrics of two endemic Hawaiian plants
  • Aue, Asa
    • Advisor: Dr. James Juvik
    • Thesis title: Islands – underground and undercover: Subterranean habitat and obligate communities in the Hawaiian archipelago
  • Bierwagen, Stacy
    • Advisor: Dr.Fiona McCormack
    • Thesis title: Home range ecology of Naso unicornis (bluespine unicornfish): Use of acoustic telemetry to define foraging interactions with an invasive alga, Gracilaria salicornia, in a marine reserve
  • Carlson, Kaile‘a
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy N. Wiegner
    • Thesis title: Effects of submarine groundwater discharge on bacterial growth efficiency in coastal Hawaiian water
  • Daw, Adam
    • Advisor: Dr. Maria Haws
    • Thesis title: Phylogenetics, biology, and ecology of two unclassified species of small near-shore octopuses in Hawaiʻi
  • Gallagher, Lynx
    • Advisor: Dr. Brian Perry
    • Internship option: Islands in stone: Fungal community structure with Hawaiian kipuka
  • Kettwich, Scarlett
    • Advisor: Dr. James Juvik
    • Thesis title: Epiphytes as a bioclimatic indicator in Hawaiʻi
  • Klienbort, Tori
  • Lundin, William
    • Advisor: Dr. Sonia Juvik
  • Mickelson, Aaron
    • Advisor: Dr. Maria Haws
    • Thesis title: Defining culture requirements for reproduction and growth of Asparagopsis taxiformis, a Hawaiian native red alga
  • Pang-Ching, Joshua
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Documenting acoustic variability among windward Hawaiʻi ʻamakihi (Hemignathus vierens vierens) populations of Hawaiʻi Island
  • Rushing, James
    • Advisor: Dr. Norman Arancon
    • Thesis title: Indigenous microorganism 4 (IMO 4) as a soil inoculant
  • Soares, Keoni
    • Advisor: Dr. Maria Haws
    • Thesis title: Effects of coral affliction prevalence and severity on fish populations around Hawaiʻi Island
  • Tanimoto, Ann
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: The vocal repertoire of the ‘Alalā (Corvus hawaiiensis) during breeding season: A comparison between current captive and past wild populations of the native Hawaiian Crow
  • Vandruff, Stephanie
    • Advisor: Dr. Brian Perry
    • Thesis title: Variation of subterranean fungal community structure across substrate age and elevation in native forests on Hawaiʻi Island, USA
  • Walsh, Cecile
    • Advisor: Dr. Karla J. McDermid Smith
    • Thesis title: Re-attachment and transplantation of native Hawaiian macroalgae: A potential tool for reef management and alien algae mitigation
  • Wasser, Mark
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: Decadal scale vegetation response of Metrosideros polymorpha-dominated communities to wildfire on Hawaiʻi Island

2010

2010 TCBES Cohort
  • Atkins, Alizon
    • Advisor: Dr. Peter Mills
    • Thesis title: An experiment in the transportation of culturally significant plant propagules on Polynesian voyaging canoes
  • Chamberlain, Samuel
  • Flessner, Paul
  • Gaertner, Julie
  • Giddens, Jonatha
    • Advisors: Dr. Jim Beets & Dr. William J. Mautz
    • Thesis title: Experimental removal of the introduced predator Cephalopholis argus in Puakō, West Hawaiʻi: A community-based approach to coral reef system restoration
  • Gregg, Toni Makaniokekai Kamai
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
    • Thesis title: Effects of water quality and coral community structure on the prevalence and severity of coral diseases and afflictions on Hawaiʻi Island
  • Habig, Cassidy
  • Lowe, Carley
    • Advisor: Dr. Adam Pack
    • Thesis title: Using GIS to investigate trends in Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) habitat use off West Maui, HI 1997—2008
  • Nelson-Ka‘ula, Kehau
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: A comparison of organic matter and nutrient subsidies between the invasive, N2-fixing tree Prosopis pallida, and the native tree, Thespersia populnea, to Hawaiian anchialine ponds
  • Pelep, Peltin
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Population phylogeography and habitat fragmentation at large island-wide and local scales in two endemic Hawaiian Drosophila: D. tanythrix and D. yooni.
  • Rhoades, Alicia
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Thesis title: The evolution of reproductive isolation within an endemic Hawaiian tree species (Metrosideros polymorpha) across environmental extremes
  • Sakihara, Troy
    • Advisor: Dr. Jim Beets
    • Thesis title: Endemic grazer (Halocaridina rubra) forces and obscured nutrient effects on benthic autotrophy in Hawaiian anchialine pools
  • Soares, Trisha
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayshi
    • Thesis title: Effects of coral affliction prevalence and severity on fish populations around Hawaiʻi Island
  • Spina, Catherine
    • Advisor: Dr. Jon-Pierre Michaud
    • Internship option: Ahupua'a (watershed) educator to students K-12
  • Tavares, Melissa
  • VanZandt, Marie
    • Advisor: Dr. Donna Delparte
    • Thesis title: Distribution and habitat selection of the endangered Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis), from the island of Lanā‘i
  • Vicente, Davin
    • Advisor: Dr. Jonathan “Jon” Awaya
    • Thesis title: Elucidating unique iron uptake pathways by an environmental bacterium, Rhizobium sp.
  • Walker, Judy
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Adolf
    • Thesis title: Vertical Structure among microbial communities in ground water influenced West Hawaiʻi
  • Wang, Jason
  • Wright, Tani
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Genotypic and reproductive analyses of species barriers in two closely related Hawaiian picture-winged Drosophila, D. sproati and D. murphyi
  • Wu, Joanna
    • Advisor: Dr. Donna Delparte
    • Thesis title: Movement patterns of the ‘Ōma‘o and Japanese White-eye and implications for seed dispersal in Hawaiʻi
  • Yost, Carey
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Adolf

2009

2009 TCBES Cohort
  • Classen, Stephen M.
    • Advisor: Dr. Maria Haws
    • Thesis title: Physiological ecology of the Hawaiian oyster (Dendostrea sandvicensis) in varying thermal conditions
  • Cornett, Christina
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Habitat selection of the endangered Hawaiian Goose: A multi-scale approach
  • DeBenedet, Robyn
    • Advisor: Dr. Karla J. McDermid Smith
    • Thesis title: B-WET: Hawaiian Ahupuaʻa Bay and watershed education training program August 2010--May 2010 Connections Public Charter School
  • Dendy, Julian
    • Advisor: Dr. Yiqing Li
    • Thesis title: Low input methods of forest restoration and observations of native birds and flying foxes in savanna habitat in the Lake Ngardok Nature Reserve, Palau
  • Dupuis, Cindy
    • Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Price
    • Thesis title: Vegetation patterns in lowland wet forests in Hawaiʻi
  • Francisco, Kainana
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Investigating the growth dynamics of māmane (Sophora chrysophylla) on Maunakea, Hawaiʻi using radiocarbon dating and classical dendrochronology methods
  • Hansen, Eric
    • Advisor: Dr. Jim Juvik
    • Thesis title: The anatomy of light precipitation events and their influence on cloud forest water balance at the Alakahi, Kohala, Hawaiʻi
  • Johnson, Erik
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy Wiegner
    • Thesis title: Surface water metabolism potential of groundwater-fed nearshore waters on the leeward coast of the island of Hawaiʻi
  • Johnson, Melissa
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Thesis title: Evolution of reproductive isolation within Hawaiian Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae): The roles of allopatry and reinforcement
  • Kovach, Tony
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Determinants of avian diversity across a fragmented landscape
  • Manton, Jessica
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Adolf
    • Thesis title: Development of a real-time PCR assay for the toxic dinoflagellate, Gambierdiscus toxicus
  • McFarland, Thomas
    • Advisor: Dr. Susan Jarvi
    • Thesis title: Avian malaria resistance in birds
  • Mokiao-Lee, Ambyr
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy Wiegner
    • Thesis title: Tracing nitrogen inputs to thermal tide pools in Kapoho, Hawaiʻi, using a multi-stable isotope approach
  • Morrison, Keenan
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Thesis title: Intraspecific divergence and a life-history trade-off along a successional gradient within Hawaiʻi's Metrosideros polymorpha
  • Moss, Andrea
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Searching for speciation genes in two Hawaiian picture-winged Drosophila, Drosophila heteroneura and Drosophilia silvestris
  • Most, Rebecca
    • Advisor: Dr. Jim Beets
    • Thesis title: Nutrient and herbivory effects on benthic marine algal biomass and community structure on the Kona coast of Hawaiʻi
  • Phifer, Colin
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Thesis title: Pollination ecology of Broussaisia arguta (Hydrangeaceae) in a fragmented forest on the island of Hawaiʻi
  • Spies, Narrissa
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
    • Thesis title: The effects of growth anomalies on the expression of organic matrix gene galaxin and oncogene homologs, in the endemic Hawaiian coral Montipora capitata
  • Uy, Karen Lizel
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Climate change and Hawaiian Drosophila: A comparison of temperature and desiccation tolerance in sympatric populations of Hawaiian picture-winged Drosophila, D. silvestris, and D. sproati

2008

2008 TCBES Cohort
  • Bernard, Riley
    • Advisor: Dr. William J. Mautz
    • Thesis title: Potential competitive dietary overlap between the invasive coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) and the endemic Hawaiian hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) on the island of Hawaiʻi
  • Burns, John
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
    • Thesis title: Pathology and epizootiology of skeletal growth anomalies affecting Montipora capitata corals in Hawaiʻi
  • DiManno, Nicole
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: Is reproductive response to fertilization in plants driven more by the nature of soil nutrient limitation or by the specific nutrient added?
  • Donmoyer, Kevin
    • Advisor: Dr. William J. Mautz
    • Internship option: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Ehrhard, Seamus
    • Advisor: Dr. William J. Mautz
    • Thesis title: Dietary behavior of the mangrove monitor lizard (Varanus indicus) on Cocos Island, Guam, and strategies for Varanus indicus eradication
  • Garriques, Daren
    • Advisor: Dr. Maria Haws
    • Thesis title: Seasonal patterns of gonadal development and condition index of Dendostrea sandvicensis
  • Jones, Thomas
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: The relationship between strawberry guava and feral pigs in a Hawaiian wet forest
  • Tom, Shauna Kehaunani
    • Advisor: Dr. Jim Beets
    • Thesis title: An investigation of the cultural use and population characteristics of ‘opihi (Mollusca: _Cellana_spp.) at Kalaupapa National Historical Park
  • Kropidlowski, Stefan
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Investigating the efficacy of commercial baits for the control of yellow crazy ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes) and their impacts on red-tailed tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda)
  • Motomura, Sharon
    • Advisor: Dr. Michael H. Shintaku
    • Thesis title: Effect of soil amendments on the survival of Ralstonia solanacearum in Hawaiian soils
  • Nekoba-Aragaki, Whitney
    • Advisor: Dr. Cam Muir
    • Thesis title: Molecular identification of susceptibility to type-2 diabetes mellitus in Native Hawaiians
  • Tagawa, Anya
    • Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Price
    • Thesis title: Spatial and seasonal aspects of plant-based food resources for Hawaiian forest birds
  • Rodomsky, Brett
    • Advisor: Dr. Jim Juvik
    • Thesis title: Quantification of lava texture as evidence for substrate control over plant colonization patterns

2007

2007 TCBES Cohort
  • Atwood, Trisha
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy N. Wiegner
    • Thesis title: Effects of hydrological forcing on the structure of a tropical estuarine food web
  • Chaney, Nancy L.
    • Advisor: Dr. Marta deMaintenon
    • Thesis title: The population structures of three Hawaiian marine gastropod species
  • Deringer, Cary V.
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Breeding phenology of Hawaiian petrels (Pterodroma sandwichensis) and Newell’s shearwaters (Puffinus auricularis newelli) on Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi,: Using ornithological radar, auditory, and visual surveys
  • Eldon, Jon
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Population divergence in an endemic Hawaiian Drosophila: Phylogeographic patterns and local adaptation
  • Fa'anunu, Kalisi
    • Advisor: Dr. Craig Severance
    • Thesis title: Fishing pressure and benthic associations: Herbivorous fishes on reef flats in Fiji
  • Holitzki, Tara
    • Advisor: Dr. Karla J. McDermid Smith
    • Thesis title: Impacts of invasive Poeciliid fish on Hawaiian stream ecosystems
  • Judge, Seth
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Interisland comparison of behavioral traits and morphology of the endangered Hawaiian petrel: Evidence for character differentiation
  • Kaye, Springer
    • Advisor: Dr. Christian Giardina (US Forest Service, IPIF)
    • Thesis title: Effects of natural fragmentation on native forest structure, invasive rat distributions, and stable isotope signatures after 150 years
  • Manuel, Mark
    • Advisor: Dr. Jim Beets
    • Thesis title: Investigating survival, movement and spill over of juvenile yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) from a marine protected area in west Hawaiʻi
  • Netze, Melissa
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Turner
    • Thesis title: Maternal strategies of Hawaiian monk seals (Monachus schauinslandi) inhabiting the main Hawaiian islands
  • Tango, Lori
    • Advisor: Dr. Jim Beets
    • Thesis title: The effect of salinity and temperature on survival of the orange-black Hawaiian damselfly, Megalagrion xanthomelas
  • Tobiason, Sierra Marie
    • Advisor: Dr. Kevin Hopkins
    • Thesis title: Fisheries & aquaculture of bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) in Hawaiʻi: Potential interactions & opportunities
  • Todd, Christopher
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Prey Abundance and seasonal movements of the Hawaiian hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus)
  • Valdez, KateLyn E.
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Turner
    • Thesis title: The foraging ecology of the green sea turtle (Cheloni mydas) on the east coast of Hawaiʻi Island
  • Walsh, Andrew
    • Advisor: Dr. Kevin Hopkins
    • Thesis title: Effects of nutrient enrichment on the growth of epiphytic algae at Keahole Point

2006

2006 TCBES Cohort
  • Adams, Lisa
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
    • Thesis title: Genetic diverstiy and availability for acquisition by asymbiotic coral larvae
  • Benitez, David
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: The evolution of invasiveness: Testing the EICA hypothesis with three weeds of Hawaiian forests
  • Brooks, Samuel
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: The effects of invasive riparian trees on hīhīwai (Neritina granosa): A freshwater Hawaiian gastropod
  • DeBoer, Nick
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Thesis title: The roles of elevation, distance, and phenotype on the neutral genetic structure of Metrosideros polymorpha on east Hawaiʻi Island
  • Gaudioso, Jackie
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Quantification of plumage coloration of a Hawaiian honeycreeper (Hemignathus virens virens) along gradients of biogeography: Does variation exist between sub-populations on the island of Hawaiʻi?
  • Graham, Shannon
    • Advisor: Dr. Jason Turner
    • Thesis title: Analysis of the foraging ecology of hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) on Hawaiʻi Island: An investigation utilizing satellite tracking and stable isotopes
  • Kettl, Brian
  • Lamson, Megan
    • Advisor: Dr. Craig Severance
    • Thesis title: One year at Honu‘apo Bay: A social and biological monitoring project in south-east Hawaiʻi (Ka‘u)
  • Mead, Lucas
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy N. Wiegner
    • Thesis title: Surface water metabolism in a tropical estuary, Hilo Bay, Hawaiʻi, USA, during storm and non-storm conditions
  • Perry, Cheyenne
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: Light management for landscape restoration: Suppression of a model weedy light-demanding pioneer shrub, Ulex europaeus on Mauna Kea, Hawaiʻi
  • Powless, Douglas
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
    • Thesis title: Evolution of ‘ohi‘a (Metrosideros polymorpha gaud.) across Hawaiʻi’s island-age gradient
  • Sugishita, Junichi
    • Advisor: Dr. Michael Steinberg
    • Thesis title: Habitat use by Hawaiʻi ‘amakihi (Hemignathus virens) in low-elevation suburban habitat on the island of Hawaiʻi: Neighborhood and local-scale perspectives
  • Timmers, Molly
    • Advisor: Dr. Marta deMaintenon
    • Thesis title: Gene flow and connectivity of the crown-of-thorns sea star, Acanthaster planci, in the central Pacific
  • Vaduvescu, Simona
    • Advisor: Dr. JP Michaud
    • Thesis title: Development of a passive diffusive sampling device for time-integrated assessment of atrazine in Hawaiian streams
  • Warrington, Miyako
    • Advisor: Dr. William J. Mautz
    • Thesis title: Monitoring coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) populations using sound pressure levels

2005

2005 TCBES Cohort
  • Chapin, Brandon
    • Advisor: Dr. Kevin Hopkins
    • Thesis title: Integrating literature, industry participant knowledge, and fishery data to formulate management recommendations for a targeted marine aquarium species, Centropyge potteri (Pomacanthidae), in the Hawaiian Islands
  • Crane, Laura
  • Gaut, Katie
    • Advisor: Dr. Jene Michaud
    • Thesis title: Application of the nonpoint source pollution and erosion comparison tool (N-SPECT) model for resource management in the Waiulaula watershed, island of Hawaiʻi
  • Hsu, Bobby Huang-suo
    • Advisor: Dr. Patrick J. Hart
    • Thesis title: Transfer and effects of maternal anti-Plasmodium antibodies in Hawaiʻi ‘amakihi (Hemignathus virens) and common canary (Serinus canaria)
  • Jessop, Holly
    • Advisors: Dr. Marta deMaintenon & Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
    • Thesis title: Sibling sea urchin species of the genus Echinothrix in Hawaiʻi: Unification of morphological characters and genetic clades
  • Kearns, Colby
    • Advisor: Dr. Michael Parsons
    • Thesis title: Recreational use and impact assessment for Richardson’s Ocean Park
  • McGuire, Raymond
    • Advisor: Dr. William J. Mautz
    • Thesis title: Does the invasive tree, Falcataria moluccana facilitate high population density of the invasive Puerto Rican frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui?
  • McNaughton, Blake
    • Advisor: Dr. Craig Severence
    • Thesis title: A biological and social examination of opelu (Decapterus spp.) fisheries in West Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Island
  • Norman, Michelle
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: An invasive producer (Albizia) and predator (Coqui frogs) alter decomposition processes in a Hawaiʻi tropical forest
  • Pagarigan, Lauren
    • Advisor: Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
    • Thesis title: Molecular assessment of sub-lethal stress in the Hawaiian coral, Pocillopora meandrina, exposed to elevated inorganic nutrient concentrations and an acute temperature increase
  • Patch-Highfill, Leayne
    • Advisor: Dr. Susan Jarvi
    • Thesis title: Estimating genetic diversity of Palila (Loxioides bailleui) and familial relationships of helper males
  • Shimabakuro, Amy
    • Advisor: Dr. Bruce Mathews
    • Thesis title: Tropical tree plantation rotation effects on fertility, earthworm abundance, and biomass of a hydrudand soil in Hawaiʻi
  • Souder, Steven Kazunori
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Host specificity and biology of Syphraea uberabensis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) for the potential biological control of Tibouchina herbacea (Melastomataceae) in Hawaiʻi
  • Souza, Evann
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Field control of the invasive little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in tropical fruit orchards
  • Tait, James
    • Advisor: Dr. Jene Michaud
    • Thesis title: Variation of sediment trace elements and stream nitrate isotope ratios with land use in the Waiulaula and Hilo Bay watersheds, Hawaiʻi Island, Hawaiʻi

2004

2004 TCBES Cohort
  • Doratt, Rogelio
    • Advisor: Dr. William J. Mautz
    • Thesis title: The effects of skin and body hydration on the susceptibility of the frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui, to citric acid as a control agent
  • Farias, Margaret
    • Advisor: Dr. Susan Jarvi
    • Thesis title: Variation in the trap gene of Plasmodium relictum: Prevalence of single nucleotide polymorphisms in infected ʻamakihi (Hemignathus virens) on the east side of Hawaiʻi Island
  • Roland Frayne
    • Advisor: Dr. Don Price
  • Glendon-Baclig, Cybil
    • Advisor: Dr. Debra Weeks
    • Thesis title: Distribution and inorganic speciation of arsenic in Waiākea Mill Pond and Wailoa River Estuary, Hawaiʻi island
  • Marr, Shenandoah
    • Advisor: Dr. William J. Mautz
    • Thesis title: The role of parasites in the invasional success of the Puerto Rican tree frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) in Hawaiʻi
  • McDaniel, Sierra
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: Effects of light availability on the germination, growth, and survival of alien grasses and native trees and shrubs
  • Purell, Melora
    • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ostertag
    • Thesis title: Predicting the potential distribution of an invasive plant using stratified sampling and habitat modeling
  • Osada, Kara
    • Advisor: Dr. Michael Parsons
    • Thesis title: Relationship of zooplankton emergence, manta ray abundance, and SCUBA diver usage in Kona, Hawaiʻi
  • Rojas-Umana, Abelardo
    • Advisor: Dr. Kevin Hopkins
    • Thesis title: Genetic characterization of sturgeons (Genus Acipenser): A molecular survey in the mtDNA control region gene and its potential applications to fish breeding for conservation aquaculture
  • Russ, Atlantis
    • Advisor: Dr. Cam Muir
    • Thesis title: Population genetics of an anchialine shrimp, Metabetaeus lohena, in the Hawaiian Islands
  • Tubal, Randee
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy N. Wiegner
    • Thesis title: Comparison of dissolved organic carbon bioavailability from native and invasive vegetation along the Wailuku River, Hawaiʻi
  • Veillet, Anne
    • Advisor: Dr. Donald Price
    • Thesis title: Investigation of inbreeding and inbreeding depression in Nēnē (Branta sandvicensis) using microsatellite DNA fingerprinting and pedigree information
  • White, Darla
    • Advisor: Dr. Michael Parsons
    • Thesis title: Ciguatoxin in Hawaiian archipelago fishes: Toxicity identified by N2A bioassay