Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Hawaii
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Hawaii Education Activities


A school of Convict Surgeonfish (Manini) feeding in the tidepools at Waiopae on Hawaii Island.

Unit scientists at the Hawai'i Unit teach courses at the graduate level that are responsive to the needs of graduate students. While our classes currently are primarily in support of the University of Hawai'i-Hilo's graduate program in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, plans are being made to expand our offerings to the University of Hawai'i system at large. The Unit also supports the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Program through research and mentoring.


Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Zoology facilities and faculty Birkeland 2006-08-25 2006-12-01
Zoology facilities and faculty Birkeland 2005-08-26 2005-12-02
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton, Canale 2019-08-26 2019-12-12
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Grabowski, Ostertag, Burns 2018-08-20 2018-12-14
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton 2017-08-21 2017-12-15
Seminar: Zoology Facilities and Faculty Birkeland 2004-08-27 2004-12-07
Seminar: Zoology Facilities and Faculty Birkeland 2003-08-29 2003-12-07
Principles of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton 2019-08-26 2019-12-12
Principles of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Burns 2018-08-20 2018-12-14
Principles of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton 2017-08-21 2017-12-15
Pelagic Methods and Analysis Grabowski, Turner 2018-01-08 2018-05-11
Otoliths in Fisheries Science: Theory and Application Grabowski 2018-08-20 2018-12-14
Marine Ecology Grabowski 2008-08-25 2008-12-05
Ichthyology Grabowski 2005-08-25 2005-12-16
Fisheries Science Friedlander 2010-01-08 2010-05-22
Fisheries Ecology: Management and Conservation of Marine Resources in a Changing Ocean Grabowski 2011-06-06 2011-06-28
Fisheries Ecology Grabowski 2020-01-13 2020-05-07
Fisheries Ecology Grabowski 2019-01-07 2019-05-02
Fisheries Ecology Grabowski 2017-01-09 2017-05-03
Fish Physiology Grabowski 2006-08-16 2006-12-08
Fish Ecology Grabowski 2007-01-08 2007-03-04
Field and Laboratory Methods in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton 2019-08-26 2019-12-12
Field and Laboratory Methods in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Burns 2018-08-20 2018-12-14
Field and Laboratory Methods in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton 2017-08-21 2017-12-15
Field Ichthyology Grabowski 2015-05-13 2015-05-28
Field Ichthyology Grabowski 2014-05-16 2014-05-31
Field Ichthyology Grabowski 2013-05-16 2013-05-31
Field Ichthyology Grabowski 2012-05-16 2012-05-31
Economics of Coral Reefs Birkeland 2001-08-25 2001-12-21
Design of Marine Protected Areas Birkeland 2003-01-15 2003-05-15
Corals and coral reefs Birkeland 2010-01-11 2010-05-05
Corals and coral reefs Birkeland 2009-01-12 2009-05-05
Corals and coral reefs Birkeland 2008-01-15 2008-05-07
Corals and coral reefs Birkeland 2006-01-09 2006-05-05
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland 2007-01-09 2007-05-30
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland 2005-01-10 2005-05-04
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland 2004-01-15 2004-05-07
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland 2003-01-15 2003-05-15
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland 2002-01-15 2002-05-11
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
“Everything You Wanted to Know About Fishes but Were Afraid to Ask" A 4.5 day workshop designed to provide hatchery workers and technicians with high school diplomas or partial undergraduate degrees with a formal introduction to fish biology, ecology, and phylogenetics. Workshop was developed and conducted with funding provided by the USGS Technical Training in Support of Native American Relations (TESNAR) program. Workshop was held for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho at Bonners Ferry, ID. Grabowski 2017-07-21
USGS, Over the Water Safety Training Grabowski 2014-09-29
USGS, Over the Water Safety Training Grabowski 2013-03-21
USDOI, Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Grabowski 2013-03-22
USDOI, Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Long, Brewer, Grabowski 2012-05-05
Training in coastal zone management for American Samoan government and CNMI government staff (assisting SeaGrant) Birkeland, Parrish 2003-10-08
Training in coastal zone management for American Samoan Government, SeaGrant Birkeland 2002-10-08
Training in coastal zone management for American Samoan Government, SeaGrant Birkeland, Parrish 2001-10-01
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for staff at Texas Tech University field station Grabowski 2013-04-18
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit students and Department of Natural Resources Management students Grabowski 2015-10-01
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit students and Department of Natural Resources Management students Grabowski 2014-10-03
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit students Grabowski 2013-09-30
Provide both the scientific background and the applied methods necessary for dealing with the complex combinations of stresses and disturbances to coral reefs and coral-reef resources brought about by developing economies, technologies, populations and so Birkeland 2003-06-06
Adult and Child CPR/AED/First Aid Grabowski 2013-02-15
Adult and Child CPR/AED/First Aid Grabowski, Boal 2012-11-30
Title and Location Speaker Date
“This piece of cod passeth all understanding” – Intrastock diversity, local adaptation, and their implication to fisheries conservation and management
Presented to: Texas Tech University (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Brown Bag Seminar Series)
Grabowski 2013-11-13
Using seascape ecology to assess marine protected areas and remote locations
Presented to: University of Western Australia and Western Australia department of Fisheries.
Friedlander 2012-07-02
Understanding the links between flows, habitat, and fishes: tales from three Texas rivers.
Presented to: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Project WILD Aquatic
Grabowski 2013-07-22
Understanding Hawaii's marine ecosystems: for traditional knowledge to remote sensing
Presented to: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Friedlander 2012-04-12
The spice of life: intraspecific variation as a challenge to and secret weapon for fish conservation
Presented to: University of Hawai’i-Mānoa
Grabowski 2018-11-07
The many faces of cod: Diversity, divergence, and population structuring in the Icelandic marine environment.
Presented to: Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Grabowski 2011-04-01
Suckers, Bass, and O'opu: protecting fluvial specialists trapped in an increasingly thirsty world
Presented to: University of Hawaii-Manoa
Grabowski 2017-02-03
Suckers, Bass, and O'opu: protecting fluvial specialists trapped in an increasingly thirsty world
Presented to: University of Hawaii-Hilo
Grabowski 2016-10-03
Suckers, Bass, and O'opu: protecting fluvial specialists trapped in an increasingly thirsty world
Presented to: U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center
Grabowski 2017-02-21
Spatial and temporal habitat segregation by spawning fishes in the Savannah River
Presented to: North American Native Fishes Association National Convention
Grabowski 2004-06-17
Shifting baselines and the future of global coral reef ecosystems
Presented to: East Carolina University
Friedlander 2012-02-24
Sex, dams, and cryptic fishes: The titillating tale of robust redhorse Moxostoma robustum ecology and conservation
Presented to: University of the Pacific
Grabowski 2007-02-02
Sex, dams, and cryptic fishes: The titillating tale of robust redhorse Moxostoma robustum ecology and conservation
Presented to: Daemen College
Grabowski 2007-04-13
Publishing and Editorial Processes for the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Pgm.
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland 2007-03-09
Pristine Seas
Presented to: The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii
Friedlander 2012-05-23
No-take zones: ecosystem-based and community-based management, and customary fishing rights
Presented to: East-West Center
Birkeland 2003-07-28
New technologies make marine reserves imperative
Presented to: AAAS Annual Meeting - Boston
Birkeland 2002-02-07
New forces in western Pacific fisheries
Presented to: American Fisheries Society 132 Annual Meeting, Turning the Tide
Birkeland 2002-08-18
National Science Foundation Intergrative Training in Ecology, Conservation and Pathogen Biology
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland 2007-03-08
Marine reserves: Does Hawaii need them or not?
Presented to: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Birkeland 2001-09-20
Love, lust, and fisheries conservation: sordid tales of protecting fishes by better understanding their reproductive ecology and behavior
Presented to: University of Hawai’i-Manoa
Grabowski 2015-12-02
Love, lust, and fisheries conservation: sordid tales of protecting fishes by better understanding their reproductive ecology and behavior
Presented to: University of Hawai’i-Hilo
Grabowski 2015-12-01
Love, lust and fisheries conservation: sordid tales of protecting fishes by better understanding their reproductive ecology and behavior
Presented to: Texas Tech University (Association of Natural Resource Scientists Seminar Series)
Grabowski 2014-03-07
Love and lust at 50 fathoms (or less): Prying into the private lives of fishes to improve fisheries conservation and management
Presented to: Tennessee Tech University
Grabowski 2015-07-30
Long-term Ecological Research Projects in Pacific Ecosystems and PABITRA Landscapes, Acute and chronic stresses to coral reefs in American Samoa since 1917
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland 2007-06-17
Local adaptation in a changing world: the implications of population structure to resiliency and persistence of fishes
Presented to: Texas Tech University (Climate Science Seminar Series)
Grabowski 2013-12-03
Keep Austin weird and Texas streams running: turning Guadalupe Bass into an icon of aquatic conservation
Presented to: University of Texas at Tyler
Grabowski 2016-03-04
Information needs for effective marine conservation in the Pacific Islands
Presented to: Pacific Biodiversity Information Forum
Friedlander 2009-01-02
Importance to Coral Reefs and the Fishery of Leaving the Big Fish
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland 2008-05-08
Importance of crustose coralline algae to coral reefs
Presented to: Department of Botany workshop, University of Hawaii
Birkeland 2003-09-12
Foundation species: invertebrates and coralline algae
Presented to: Interagency Mitigation committee
Birkeland 2003-08-05
For Cod and Country: Understanding the behavior and plasticity of Icelandic cod
Presented to: Florida International University
Grabowski 2014-03-20
Fish predation on corals in Hawaii
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland None
Evaluating marine protected areas using a seascape approach
Presented to: East Carolina University
Friedlander 2012-02-23
Effects of predation by roi on native fish populations: surprises to science
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland 2007-04-04
Effects of fishing on coral reef ecosystems
Presented to: USGS Headquaters
Friedlander 2009-05-26
Cod work in mysterious ways: diversity and divergence within the Icelandic cod stock
Presented to: Texas A&M University at Galveston
Grabowski 2010-01-12
Cod work in mysterious ways: diversity and divergence within the Icelandic cod stock
Presented to: Penn State Brandywine
Grabowski 2010-01-20
Changes over 23 years in a coral community at a sewer outfall in a fast-current area of Palau
Presented to: 9th International Coral Reef Symposium in Bali, Indonesia
Birkeland 2000-10-26
Can ecosystem management of coral reef resources be achieved?
Presented to: AAAS Annual Meeting, San Francisco
Birkeland 2001-02-19
Birkeland, C. Sept. 01. Time is money. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar Series, University of Hawaii. Honolulu, HI
Presented to: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Birkeland 2001-09-21
Birkeland, C. Jan 01. Use caution when extolling the virtues of marine protected areas. Workshop for Bahamian Marine Protected Areas. Miami, Florida.
Presented to: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami
Birkeland 2001-01-21
A review of the paradigm shifts in our approaches to understanding and managing our ecosystems. NSF Virgin Islands EPSCOR Conference Keynote Address.
Presented to: Univ. of the Virgin Islands
Friedlander 2009-07-10
A look at the past and future of the Hawaii Cooperative Fishery Research Unit
Presented to: U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Islands Working Group
Grabowski 2017-02-14
A Concise View of Management Solutions, American Samoa and Hawaii
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland 2008-08-22
"This piece of cod passeth all understanding" - Intrastock diversity, local adaptation, and their implications to fisheries conservation and management
Presented to: Oklahoma State University
Grabowski 2012-09-27
"It's pronounced Llano NOT Llano...": Exploring the relationship between flow, habitat, and fishes in the South Llano River
Presented to: Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Habitat Branch
Grabowski 2015-08-27
Reproductive ecology and seasonal migrations of robust redhorse in the Savannah River, South Carolina-Georgia
Presented to: university of Georgia
Grabowski 2006-10-03
Title Presenter Date
topics in ecology for Zool 739 Birkeland 2009-10-30
Zoology Literature, Zoology 691C Birkeland 2007-10-19
Zoology 690 (Conservation Biology) Birkeland 2003-10-21
Zoology 475 (Invertebrate Zoology) 2001 - Echinoderms Birkeland 2001-11-13
Wildlife and Planc Conservation-Evolution of Fishes From Overfishing, Biology 425 Birkeland 2009-03-08
Traditional marine ecological knowledge and climate change in the Pacific Islands Friedlander 2012-02-21
The management implications of intrastock diversity Grabowski 2010-10-21
The importance of understanding basic biology in fisheries management Grabowski 2014-09-24
The future of fisheries management in Hawaii and the Pacific Friedlander 2010-10-07
The Publishing and Editing Process Birkeland 2007-03-10
The Faustian traits of the crown-of-thorns starfish, HIMB Science Class Birkeland 2007-06-27
Shifting baselines and the impacts of fishing on coral reef ecosystems Friedlander 2010-04-22
Research and teaching at Hawaii Cooperative Fishery Research unit Birkeland 2010-09-10
Predation on coral reefs Friedlander 2012-04-13
Open Ocean Grabowski 2015-10-21
Ocean Policy Seminar Birkeland 2007-11-13
Ocean Policy Seminar Birkeland 2006-11-13
Marine protected areas: managing fisheries ad conserving biodiversity Friedlander 2011-12-06
Marine protected areas for fisheries and biodiversity conservation Friedlander 2012-09-12
Marine protected areas and ecosystem-based management Friedlander 2010-09-10
Marine protected areas and community-based fisheries management Friedlander 2009-09-30
Marine ethnoecology Friedlander 2011-10-10
Marine Conservation and Health Birkeland 2007-03-08
Marine Biology on Coral Reefs, Zool 200 Birkeland 2003-02-18
Marine Biology on Coral Reefs, Zool 200 Birkeland 2002-02-12
Long-term Ecological Research Projects in Pacific Ecosystems and PABITRA Landscapes, Acute and chronic stresses to coral reefs in American Samoa since 1917 Birkeland 2007-06-20
Invertebrate Zoology, Zool 475 - Anthozoans Birkeland 2004-09-07
Invertebrate Zoology - Echinoderms; 2002 Zoology 475 Birkeland 2002-11-27
Introduction to the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program in Hawaiʻi Grabowski 2017-11-17
Introduction to the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program in Hawaiʻi Grabowski 2016-10-14
Gear bias, gear selectivity, detection probabilities: Understanding the underlying factors that determine the success of a fish survey Grabowski 2018-05-19
GAIA Birkeland 2010-04-20
Fisheries Conservation and Management Grabowski 2015-10-23
Fish ecology and fisheries Friedlander 2010-05-10
Effects of predation by roi on native fish population Birkeland 2007-04-04
Economics of Coral Reefs 2001, Zool 691 Birkeland 2001-08-31
Corals, tropical and temperate, Zool 475 Birkeland 2007-09-04
Corals, tropical and temperate Birkeland 2010-09-07
Corals, tropical and temperate Birkeland 2009-09-10
Conservation Biology, Zoology 690 Birkeland 2009-03-05
Conservation Biology, Zool. 690 Birkeland 2005-03-05
Conservation Biology - Zoology 690 Birkeland 2002-10-22
Conservation Biology Birkeland 2007-03-06
Coarals and coral reefs in marine biology Birkeland 2010-02-09
Climate change, fisheries and the role of natural history, Zoology 690 Birkeland 2009-09-02
Biol 301 - Role of Echinodermata in Marine Ecosystems Birkeland 2004-03-16
Biodiversity and Coral reefs in Asia-Pacific Birkeland 2007-06-15
An Overview of Coral Reefs, Zool 200 Birkeland 2007-02-06
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Wijesundara, Chaminda (PhD) Birkeland 2005 Present
Wedding, Lisa (PhD) Friedlander 2006 2010
VanLandeghem, Matt (PhD) Grabowski 2011 2013
Sukhraj, Nadiera (PhD) Birkeland 2004 Present
Stamoulis, Kostantinos (MS) Friedlander 2009 Present
Squair, Cheryl (PhD) Birkeland 2004 Present
Smith, Lance (PhD) Birkeland 2001 2008
Smith, Lance (PhD) Meyer 2001 2007
Skillings, Derek (PhD) Birkeland 2009 Present
Schumacher, Brett (PhD) Birkeland 2000 Present
Salerno, Jennifer (PhD) Birkeland 2004 Present
Sabetian, Armagan (MS) Birkeland 2001 2002
Rougee, Luc (PhD) Birkeland 2005 Present
Roesler, Elizabeth (PhD) Grabowski 2018 Present
Rodgers, Ku'ulei (PhD) Birkeland 2003 Present
Richards, Benjamin (PhD) Birkeland 2000 2005
Rashel, Rakib (PhD) Grabowski 2014 Present
Preskitt, Linda (MS) Birkeland 2001 2007
Prescott, Rebecca (PhD) Birkeland 2004 2007
Pratchett, Morgan (PhD) Birkeland 2001 2002
Polloi, Kevin (MS) Birkeland 2003 2009
Parrish, Frank (PhD) Birkeland 2001 Present
Parrish, Frank (PhD) Birkeland 2000 2004
Pan, Roldolf (MS) Birkeland 2006 2010
Ogawa, Shino (MS) Birkeland 2005 2008
O'Malley, Joseph (PhD) Birkeland 2009 Present
Nakachi, Kaikea (MS) Grabowski 2017 Present
Musselman, W. (MS) Grabowski 2012 2014
Munyaho, Anthony (PhD) Grabowski 2010 2014
Minoru, Tamura (MS) Birkeland 2003 Present
Meyers, Amanda (PhD) Meyer 2002 2008
Meyers, Amanda (PhD) Birkeland 2002 2008
McTee, Sarah (MS) Birkeland 2002 2007
Maypa, Eileen (MS) Birkeland 2007 Present
Masse, Richard (MS) Grabowski 2017 Present
Martin, Brendan (MS) Grabowski 2017 2018
Luna, Regina (MS) Birkeland 2001 2003
Luana, Regina (PhD) Birkeland 2006 Present
Lopes, Jr., Keolohilani (MS) Grabowski 2016 2017
Logue, Daniel (MS) Grabowski 2015 2016
Lee, Han (MS) Birkeland 2005 2005
Kahng, Samuel (PhD) Birkeland 2002 2009
Kabua, Emma (MS) Friedlander 2008 Present
Jiang, Shengjian (MS) Grabowski 2015 2017
Jaywardene, Danielle (PhD) Birkeland 2002 2009
Iglesias, Illy (MS) Friedlander 2009 Present
Iacchei, Matthew (PhD) Birkeland 2010 Present
Howard, Kathrine (PhD) Birkeland 2003 2009
Hollingsworth, Lea (PhD) Birkeland 2010 Present
Hart, Alfred (PhD) Birkeland 2007 Present
Hart, Alfred (MS) Birkeland 2001 2005
Guerrero, Keena (MS) Grabowski 2019 Present
Gove, Jamison (PhD) Friedlander 2009 Present
Gonzalez, Aurelia (MS) Grabowski 2018 Present
Godwin, Loren (MS) Birkeland 2000 Present
Gilbert, Morgan (MS) Grabowski 2014 2015
Gamaio, Sydney (MS) Grabowski 2018 Present
Fukunaga, Atsuko (MS) Birkeland 2008 Present
Franklin, Elaine (MS) Birkeland 2003 Present
Fa'anunu, Kalisi (MS) Friedlander 2007 2010
East, Jessica (MS) Grabowski 2013 2015
Dyer, Joey (PhD) Grabowski 2015 2018
Dierking, Jan (PhD) Birkeland 2001 2007
Dagata, Stephanie (PhD) Friedlander 2012 Present
Conklin, Eric (PhD) Birkeland 2002 2007
Co, Eric (PhD) Birkeland 2002 2004
Claisse, Jeremy (PhD) Birkeland 2002 2009
Cameron, Fraser (PhD) Grabowski 2013 Present
Bybee, David (PhD) Birkeland 2000 2007
Brown, Eric (PhD) Birkeland 2000 2004
Bonito, Victor (MS) Birkeland 2000 2002
Barshis, Daniel (PhD) Birkeland 2004 2009
Asunsion, Brenda (MS) Friedlander 2008 2010