TCBES Symposium

TCBES Symposium

Abstract submissions are OPEN for the 11th Annual Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Symposium scheduled for April 15 and 16, 2021. This year's theme is "Kincentric Stewardship". Please consider submitting an abstract for either a 5 or 15 minute talk! This conference will be an incredible opportunity to learn about the groundbreaking research being conducted within the TCBES community and share your own work with your peers.

If you plan to attend or present during this year's symposium, please register using the following link.

The Zoom webinars (April 15 and 16) require separate registrations. Please do not forget to register in advance for the two webinars -- registration links are listed in the 2021 Symposium Schedule and Full Abstracts section below.

Keynote Speaker

Christian Giardina - Research Ecologist | Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service

Christian Giardina, keynote speaker for the TCBES Symposium

Title: Engaging history and embracing sacredness: an agency perspective on cultivating biocultural stewardship.

Abstract: Aloha members of the TCBES community. I'll start by sharing that this talk represents personal work very much in progress. And so the following description places a greater emphasis on proposals than conclusions. The past decade has seen important work on the history of conservation biology - work that has challenged the dominant perspectives shaping the foundations of this complex discipline. As a result, we researchers and practitioners find ourselves at an important cross road - do we continue to disregard legacies of racial and colonial injustice? Or do we engage and reconcile these legacies, and in the process fundamentally transform how we view our places and our charge as stewards. In this talk, I hope to summarize conservation biology's history, identify critical disciplinary developments, and share how I have tried to decolonize agency approaches to conservation. I close by proposing a new (old) biocultural model of conservation that I believe if adopted would represent a powerful transformation of our discipline that ultimately will increase the effectiveness of our work and improve the wellbeing of our communities. Mahalo - I look forward to our conversation.

Christian's Bio: Christian studied Zoology and Political Science at Duke University (BS, 1987). Following three years of urban focused work with homeless youth in NYC and Denver, he pursued Justice Studies at the Iliff School of Theology (MAR, 1993) with thesis work on Indigenous Autonomy in eastern Nicaragua. Ever the student, he soils, forest management and global change at Colorado State University (MS, 1996) and University of Denver (PHD, 1999). Following a post-doc at UHM studying forest carbon and climate change, he joined the USDA Forest Service where he has been studying: forest responses to global change; restoration of ecosystem processes; and the reintegration of an ethic of sacredness into resource management. He currently is supporting state efforts to achieve carbon neutrality under global change and community based stewardship.

2021 Symposium Schedule and Full Abstracts

Register in advance for the TCBES Symposium Zoom webinars by clicking on both the April 15 and 16 links below. After registering for both days, you will receive confirmation emails containing information about joining the webinars.

When: Apr 15, 2021 09:00 AM Hawaii


When: Apr 16, 2021 09:00 AM Hawaii

This year's program and abstracts have not been released, but feel free to take a look at 2019's Symposium Program and Abstracts!

UH Hilo Campus; aerial view

On the UH Hilo campus

Our goal is to increase undergraduate and graduate student participation in both the oral and poster presentation sessions. To encourage widespread participation, we are offering this event free of charge, and will be awarding prizes for outstanding presentations in various categories.

Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student, resident or visiting faculty, or agency personnel, we invite you to attend, share and find out about the latest research in the community around you!

2019 Student Winners

Best poster
Kayla Caliboso, Leeward Community College Undergraduate Student (mentor: Helmut Kae)
Best 5 minute talk
Nicolas Vanderzyl, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student (mentor: Steve Colbert )
Best 15 minute talk (Undergraduate)
Tyler Gerken (mentor: Tracy Wiegner )
Best 15 minute talk (Graduate)
Karen Gallardo (mentor: Patrick Hart )
Best Poster Honorable Mentions
E. Escobar and K. Agnoias, UH Hilo Undergraduate Students (mentor: Stan Nakanishi )
M.R. Morrissey and M.L. Webber, UH Hilo Undergraduate Students (mentor: Stan Nakanishi )
Valeria Alicea-Colon, Leeward Community College Undergraduate Student (mentor: Helmut Kae)

2018 Student Winners

Best poster
Tyler Branco-Hedke and Tiana Enos-Dano
Best 5 minute talk (TIE)
Ashley Pugh
Jared Nishimoto
Best 15 minute talk (Undergraduate)
Brandie Colwell
Best 15 minute talk (Graduate)
Rose Hart