What's Up on Maunakea? Insect diversity and ecosystem monitoring for conservation and land management

Dec 20, 2018 7:00 PM

A Maunakea Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Jesse Eiben, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Tuesday, December 20th from 7 pm to 8 pm at UH Hilo Science and Technology Building (STB) room 108.

Arthropods (insects, spiders, centipedes, etc.) are the most diverse group of terrestrial animals and lynch-pins connecting nutrient cycling between plants, herbivores, carnivores and detritivores. On Maunakea, there are unique species that have evolved and adapted over hundreds of thousands of years of 'mountain-shaping' geological and climatological changes. Hundreds of species of insects have been collected and identified during a 5-year baseline arthropod biodiversity assessment in the UH Maunakea Science Reserve, and the amazing stories of insects and the world we share assists with real-time ecosystem conservation planning on Maunakea.

Dr. Jesse Eiben has been documenting arthropod diversity and assisting with conservation planning on Maunakea since 2005. He has both mentored graduate students and continues to collaborate with a wide variety of conservation and land management specialists to better understand and advise managers regarding the unique natural resources in the subalpine and alpine stone desert on Maunakea. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Applied Entomology at UH Hilo, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management teaching entomology and animal science courses while conducting research with undergraduate and graduate students.

The Maunakea Speaker Series is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 pm.

About the Maunakea Speaker Series

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

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