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 August 2006 December 2006
Zoology facilities and faculty Birkeland August 2005 December 2005
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton, Canale August 2019 December 2019
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Grabowski, Ostertag, Burns August 2018 December 2018
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton August 2017 December 2017
Seminar: Zoology Facilities and Faculty Birkeland August 2004 December 2004
Seminar: Zoology Facilities and Faculty Birkeland August 2003 December 2003
Principles of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton August 2020 December 2020
Principles of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton August 2019 December 2019
Principles of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Burns August 2018 December 2018
Principles of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton August 2017 December 2017
Pelagic Methods and Analysis Grabowski, Turner January 2018 May 2018
Otoliths in Fisheries Science: Theory and Application Grabowski August 2018 December 2018
Fisheries Science Friedlander January 2010 May 2010
Fisheries Ecology Grabowski January 2022 May 2022
Fisheries Ecology Grabowski January 2020 May 2020
Fisheries Ecology Grabowski January 2019 May 2019
Fisheries Ecology Grabowski January 2017 May 2017
Field and Laboratory Methods in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Wiegner August 2020 December 2020
Field and Laboratory Methods in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton August 2019 December 2019
Field and Laboratory Methods in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Burns August 2018 December 2018
Field and Laboratory Methods in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Grabowski, Ostertag, Sutton August 2017 December 2017
Economics of Coral Reefs Birkeland August 2001 December 2001
Design of Marine Protected Areas Birkeland January 2003 May 2003
Corals and coral reefs Birkeland January 2010 May 2010
Corals and coral reefs Birkeland January 2009 May 2009
Corals and coral reefs Birkeland January 2008 May 2008
Corals and coral reefs Birkeland January 2006 May 2006
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland January 2007 May 2007
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland January 2005 May 2005
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland January 2004 May 2004
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland January 2003 May 2003
Corals and Coral Reefs Birkeland January 2002 May 2002
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 July 2017
Training in coastal zone management for American Samoan government and CNMI government staff (assisting SeaGrant) Birkeland, Parrish October 2003
Training in coastal zone management for American Samoan Government, SeaGrant Birkeland October 2002
Training in coastal zone management for American Samoan Government, SeaGrant Birkeland, Parrish October 2001
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 June 2003
Title and Location Speaker Date
Using seascape ecology to assess marine protected areas and remote locations
Presented to: University of Western Australia and Western Australia department of Fisheries.
Friedlander July 2012
Understanding Hawaii's marine ecosystems: for traditional knowledge to remote sensing
Presented to: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Friedlander April 2012
The spice of life: intraspecific variation as a challenge to and secret weapon for fish conservation
Presented to: University of Hawai’i-Mānoa
Grabowski November 2018
Suckers, Bass, and O'opu: protecting fluvial specialists trapped in an increasingly thirsty world
Presented to: University of Hawaii-Manoa
Grabowski February 2017
Suckers, Bass, and O'opu: protecting fluvial specialists trapped in an increasingly thirsty world
Presented to: University of Hawaii-Hilo
Grabowski October 2016
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 February 2017
Shifting baselines and the future of global coral reef ecosystems
Presented to: East Carolina University
Friedlander February 2012
Publishing and Editorial Processes for the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Pgm.
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland March 2007
Pristine Seas
Presented to: The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii
Friedlander May 2012
No-take zones: ecosystem-based and community-based management, and customary fishing rights
Presented to: East-West Center
Birkeland July 2003
New technologies make marine reserves imperative
Presented to: AAAS Annual Meeting - Boston
Birkeland February 2002
New forces in western Pacific fisheries
Presented to: American Fisheries Society 132 Annual Meeting, Turning the Tide
Birkeland August 2002
National Science Foundation Intergrative Training in Ecology, Conservation and Pathogen Biology
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland March 2007
Marine reserves: Does Hawaii need them or not?
Presented to: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Birkeland September 2001
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 June 2007
Importance to Coral Reefs and the Fishery of Leaving the Big Fish
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland May 2008
Importance of crustose coralline algae to coral reefs
Presented to: Department of Botany workshop, University of Hawaii
Birkeland September 2003
Foundation species: invertebrates and coralline algae
Presented to: Interagency Mitigation committee
Birkeland August 2003
Evaluating marine protected areas using a seascape approach
Presented to: East Carolina University
Friedlander February 2012
Effects of predation by roi on native fish populations: surprises to science
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland April 2007
Effects of fishing on coral reef ecosystems
Presented to: USGS Headquaters
Friedlander May 2009
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 October 2000
Can ecosystem management of coral reef resources be achieved?
Presented to: AAAS Annual Meeting, San Francisco
Birkeland February 2001
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 September 2001
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 January 2001
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 July 2009
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 February 2017
A Concise View of Management Solutions, American Samoa and Hawaii
Presented to: University of Hawaii
Birkeland August 2008
Title Presenter Date
topics in ecology for Zool 739 Birkeland October 2009
Zoology Literature, Zoology 691C Birkeland October 2007
Zoology 690 (Conservation Biology) Birkeland October 2003
Zoology 475 (Invertebrate Zoology) 2001 - Echinoderms Birkeland November 2001
Wildlife and Planc Conservation-Evolution of Fishes From Overfishing, Biology 425 Birkeland March 2009
Traditional marine ecological knowledge and climate change in the Pacific Islands Friedlander February 2012
The future of fisheries management in Hawaii and the Pacific Friedlander October 2010
The Publishing and Editing Process Birkeland March 2007
The Faustian traits of the crown-of-thorns starfish, HIMB Science Class Birkeland June 2007
Shifting baselines and the impacts of fishing on coral reef ecosystems Friedlander April 2010
Research and teaching at Hawaii Cooperative Fishery Research unit Birkeland September 2010
Predation on coral reefs Friedlander April 2012
Ocean Policy Seminar Birkeland November 2007
Ocean Policy Seminar Birkeland November 2006
Marine protected areas: managing fisheries ad conserving biodiversity Friedlander December 2011
Marine protected areas for fisheries and biodiversity conservation Friedlander September 2012
Marine protected areas and ecosystem-based management Friedlander September 2010
Marine protected areas and community-based fisheries management Friedlander September 2009
Marine ethnoecology Friedlander October 2011
Marine Conservation and Health Birkeland March 2007
Marine Biology on Coral Reefs, Zool 200 Birkeland February 2003
Marine Biology on Coral Reefs, Zool 200 Birkeland February 2002
Long-term Ecological Research Projects in Pacific Ecosystems and PABITRA Landscapes, Acute and chronic stresses to coral reefs in American Samoa since 1917 Birkeland June 2007
Invertebrate Zoology, Zool 475 - Anthozoans Birkeland September 2004
Invertebrate Zoology - Echinoderms; 2002 Zoology 475 Birkeland November 2002
Introduction to the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program in Hawaiʻi Grabowski October 2016
Introduction to the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program in Hawaiʻi Grabowski November 2017
Gear bias, gear selectivity, detection probabilities: Understanding the underlying factors that determine the success of a fish survey Grabowski May 2018
GAIA Birkeland April 2010
Fish ecology and fisheries Friedlander May 2010
Effects of predation by roi on native fish population Birkeland April 2007
Economics of Coral Reefs 2001, Zool 691 Birkeland August 2001
Corals, tropical and temperate, Zool 475 Birkeland September 2007
Corals, tropical and temperate Birkeland September 2010
Corals, tropical and temperate Birkeland September 2009
Conservation Biology, Zoology 690 Birkeland March 2009
Conservation Biology, Zool. 690 Birkeland March 2005
Conservation Biology - Zoology 690 Birkeland October 2002
Conservation Biology Birkeland March 2007
Coarals and coral reefs in marine biology Birkeland February 2010
Climate change, fisheries and the role of natural history, Zoology 690 Birkeland September 2009
Biol 301 - Role of Echinodermata in Marine Ecosystems Birkeland March 2004
Biodiversity and Coral reefs in Asia-Pacific Birkeland June 2007
An Overview of Coral Reefs, Zool 200 Birkeland February 2007
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Wijesundara, Chaminda (PhD) Birkeland 2005 Present
Sukhraj, Nadiera (PhD) Birkeland 2004 Present
Stamoulis, Kostantinos (MS) Friedlander 2009 Present
Squair, Cheryl (PhD) Birkeland 2004 Present
Smith, Lance (PhD) Birkeland 2001 2008
Skillings, Derek (PhD) Birkeland 2009 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
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
Pan, Roldolf (MS) Birkeland 2006 2010
Ogawa, Shino (MS) Birkeland 2005 2008
O'Malley, Joseph (PhD) Birkeland 2009 Present
Minoru, Tamura (MS) Birkeland 2003 Present
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
Lee, Han (MS) Birkeland 2005 2005
Kahng, Samuel (PhD) Birkeland 2002 2009
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 2020
Godwin, Loren (MS) Birkeland 2000 Present
Gamaio, Sydney (MS) Grabowski 2018 Present
Fukunaga, Atsuko (MS) Birkeland 2008 Present
Franklin, Elaine (MS) Birkeland 2003 Present
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
Brown, Eric (PhD) Birkeland 2000 2004
Bonito, Victor (MS) Birkeland 2000 2002
Barshis, Daniel (PhD) Birkeland 2004 2009