Hawai'i conservation alliance

2008 Speaker Presentations



Laura Thielen

Chair, Department of Land and Natural Resources


The Honorable James R. "Duke" Aiona Jr.

Lietenent Governor for the State of Hawai'i


Dr. Sylvia Earle

Speaker Background Information


Dr. Elliott Norse

President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute


Dr. Samuel M. 'Ohukani'ohi'a Gon III

Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor, The Nature Conservancy

SESSION: Ecosystem Management in Hawai'i: New Developments and Lessons Learned

Moderator: Greg Koob

Emma Yuen Treasure Hunting In Hawai'i - Finding Additions to the Batural Area Reserves System

SESSION: Ecology and Management of Coastal Lowland Wetlands in Hawai'i

Moderators: Greg Bruland and Richard MacKenzie

Greg Bruland Assessment of Vegetation, Soils, and Water Quality of Hawai'i's Coastal Wetlands

Richard MacKenzie Impacts of Invasive Fish Communities on Hawaiian Coastal Wetlands

SESSION: Energy ConservationModerator: David Waller

David Waller Energy in Hawai'i: Managing Energy Use With Energy Efficiency

SYMPOSIUM: Coral Reef Health in Hawai'i

Moderator: Greta Aeby

Ku'ulei Rodgers Modeling Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecological Condition

SYMPOSIUM: Ecology and Management of Coastal Lowland Wetlands in Hawai'i: the Past, Present, and Future

Moderator: Greg Bruland and Rich MacKenzieTerrel Erickson

Terrel Erickson Wetland Trends and Needs in the Hawaiian Islands

Gwen DeMent Quantifying The Phosphorus Sorption Capacity Of Hawai‘i's Coastal Wetlands

Christopher Puttock Wetlands and The Pacific Islands Plant Restoration (PIPR) Database

Scott Fisher Wetlands Restoration in a Hawaiian Cultural Context

SYMPOSIUM: Biofuels - Panacea or Pandora's Box?

Moderator: Chris Beddenhagen

Maria Tome Hawai'i's Biofuels Assessment Project and Bioenergy Master Plan

Charles Chimera The Good (Jojoba), the Bad (Jatropha) and the Ugly (Chinese Tallow): Using Weed Risk Assessment to Select Non-Invasive Biofuel Crops in the Hawaiian Islands

Michael Poteet Identifying '2nd-generation' Biofuel Crops and Their Capacity for Invasiveness In Hawai'i

Scott Turn A GIS Approach to Evaluating Ethanol Production Potential: A Hawaii Case Study

Howard Wiig Cleaning Up Island Ecosystems With Plastic And Biofuel Refineries



Dr. Peter Vitousek

Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies, Stanford University

Dr. Bryan Harry

Director of the Pacific West Region, National Park Service (retired)

Dr. Stephen Miller

Science Advisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Nainoa Thompson

Chairperson, Polynesian Voyaging Society

SYMPOSIUM: The Science Supporting the Management of PMNM: Microbes to Monk Seals

Moderators: Carlie Wiener, Randy Kosaki, Roberst Toonen

Jeff Eble Endemism and Dispersal: Comparative Phylogeography of Three Surgeonfishes Across the Hawaiian Archipelago

Russel Brainard Integrated Ecosystem Observations of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the U.S. Pacific Islands with a Focus on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Peter Vroom Marine Algal Diversity and Distribution in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI)

SYMPOSIUM: The Hawaiian Monk Seal

Moderator: Lance Morgan

Charles Littnan Captive Feeding Programs to Increase Juvenile Monk Seal Survival : A Case Study and Future Applications

George Antonelis Galapagos Sharks and Hawaiian Monk Seals: Ongoing Efforts to Mitigate Predation on Young Pups

David Schofield Hawaiian Monk Seal Management Issues and Programs in the Main Hawaiian Islands

SYMPOSIUM: Land-Sea Connections: Integrated Watershed Management as a Tool for Coastal Reef Conservation Lessons from the Pacific Islands

Moderator: Robert Richmond

Charlotte Severne Collaborative Research and Utilizing Indigenous Knowledge as Viable Strategies for Marine Conservation

SESSION: Forested Ecosystems: Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Jason Sumiye

Emilie Bess Endemic Hawaiian Bark Lice: Diverse, Abundant, and Undiscovered

Rodolfo Martinez Morales Remote Sensing of Acacia Koa Forest Growth, Productivity, and Health Across Elevation and Climate Gradients

SESSION: Invasives: From Mauka to Makai

Moderator: Lloyd Loope

James Leary The Residual Activities of Imazaphyr and Glyphosate on Dormant Pennisetum Setaceum (Forssk.) Chiov. (Fountain Grass)

Steven Ambagis Maximizing Image Resolution to Solve the Problem of Species Identification

Brian Hauk Alien Macroalgae Distribution and Managment in Hawai'i

Kaylyn McCoy Eradication of the Introduced Corallimorph Actinodiscus nummiformis in Hawai'i

SESSION: Coral Reefs

Moderator: Athline Clark

Ivor Williams Assessing the Importance of Fishing Impacts on Hawaiian Coral Reef Fish Assemblages Along Regional Scale Human Population Gradients
Heather Leba Reproductive Biology of Three Native Hawaiian Goatfish, Mulloidichthys vanicolensis, M. flavolineatus and Parupeneus porphyreus (Perciformes: Mullidae)
Ling Ong Bioerosion of Coral Reefs by Two Hawaiian Parrotfishes: All a Matter of Size
Wendy Cover Urchins on Midway Atoll Can Directly Impact Live Corals

SESSION: Native Plant Ecology and Conservation
Moderator: Loyal Mehrhoff

Bruce P. Koebele Are We Targeting Hawai'i's Endangered Plants for Extinction?
Michelle Elmore Flower Visitation Among Hawaiian Scaevola
Cynthia Nazario-Leary Survival, Growth and Photosynthetic Light Response of a Native Fern, Microlepia strigosa (Thunb.) K. Presl, to Varying Understory Light Conditions

SESSION: Bats and Birds

Moderator: Scott Fretz

Jacqueline Gaudioso Parasitic Mites (Knemidokoptes jamaicensis) Found in Hawai'i 'Amakihi (Hemignathus virens) on the Island of Hawai'i: A New Threat to Hawaiian Honeycreepers?
Jeremy D. Russel Nesting Behavior of the 'Akikiki or Kaua'i Creeper
David Leonard Translocation and Restoration: Moving Hawaiian Birds "Out of the Box"


SYMPOSIUM: Long-term Forest Succession in Hawai'i

Moderators: Dieter Mueller-Dombois and James Jacobi

Patrick Hart Tree Age, Growth, and Death in an Ancient Hawaiian Wet Forest
Vanessa Minden Effects of Invasive Alien Ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum) on Native Plant Species Regeneration in a Hawaiian Rainforest

SESSION: The Mariana Islands: Issues in Island Conservation

Moderators: Renee Robinette Ha and Shelly Kremer

Terry Donaldson Climate Change Effects and Reef Fishes in the Mariana Islands

Lainie Berry Population Trends, Breeding Biology and Nesting Success of the Endangered Mariana Crow or Aga on Rota, Mariana Islands

Richard Camp Status and Trends of the Land Bird Avifauna on Saipan, Mariana Islands, with Emphasis on the Endangered Nightingale Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus luscinia)

John Morton Breeding Biology of the Endangered Mariana Swiftlet (Aerodramas barschi) on Guam and Recommendations for their Recovery

Diane Vice Guam Rail Recovery on Guam: Ko'ko' for Cocos

SESSION: Greater Marine Ecosystems: Research, Management, and Protection

Moderator: Barry Stieglitz

Eric Brown Marine Benthic and Fish Communities in Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i Since 1992: Spatial and Temporal Trends in a Resilient Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecosystem

William Walsh Impacts of a Marine Protected Area Network in West Hawai'i on the Abundance and Sustainability of the Aquarium Fishery for the Yellow Tang, Zebrasoma flavescens

SYMPOSIUM: Issues in Ungulate Management

Moderator: Mark Fox

John Parkes Eradicating Feral Pigs from Santa Cruz Island, California: Lessons for Hawai'i?

Michael Bodenchuk Tools and Techniques for Feral Hog Management: The View from the Mainland

Jobriath Rohrer Feral Ungulate Control Techniques and Strategies from New Zealand: Using Local Contract Hunters for Conservation

Chad Browning An Examination of the Effects of Feral Pigs (Sus scrofa) on Water Quality and Soil Loss within a Hawaiian Watershed

SYMPOSIUM: Managing Dynamic Alien Species Invasion Scenarios in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Management Experiences and Research Needs

Moderator: Christoph Kueffer

Rhonda Loh Long Term Management of Invasive Plant Species at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - A Review of the Last 20 Years, or Where do we go from here?

Gabi Jakobs Using Ecological Genetics and Molecular Tools to Improve our Understanding of Invasive Species

Christoph Kueffer Predicting the Potential Spatial Distribution of Invasive Alien Plants with Niche Modeling: Concepts and Applications

SESSION: Pacific Island Management: Engaging Communities

Moderator: Sharon Ziegler-Chong

Gail Tipa Collaborative Community-Based Research and the Development of Resource Management Tools - A Pacific Water Case Study

Leona D'Agnes The Cost-Effectiveness of Integrated Approaches to Population and Coastal Management: Evidence from the Philippines

Christy Martin Who, What, and How: Audience, Message and Delivery Method