When funding is available, the HISC supports research related to invasive species prevention, detection, and control. Final reports for HISC-funded research projects are archived below, organized by topic.


Community Level Impacts Of Invasive Ants In Hawaiian Coastal CommunitiesPlentovitch/Bishop Museum

Developing New Techniques For Invasive Ant Control In Hawaii, Krushelnycky/USGS

Chemical Ecology Of The Little Fire Ant For Detection Delimitation And Control In HawaiiSiderhurst/Eastern Mennonite University


Development Of Methods To Control Alien Algae On Hawaii’s ReefsHunter/UH

Ecology And Management Implications Of An Invasive Soft Coral Species, Carijoa Riisei In HawaiiToonen/UH

Ecology Of A Specialized Nudibranch Predator (Phyllodesmium Poindimiei) And Implications For Potential Biocontrol Of An Invasive Octocoral (Carijoa Riisei) In HawaiiToonen/UH

Taxonomic Expertise For Aquatic Invasive Species Research In Honolulu HarborEldridge/Bishop Museum

Are Invasive Species Of Dinoflagellates That Cause Harmful Algal Blooms Entering Hawaii In The Ballast Water Of Commercial Ships? Gates/UH


Intrastate Biosecurity Policy: Survey of Concepts Introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session. Atwood/HISC


Ecological Consequences Of The Coqui Frog Invasion Into HawaiiBeard/Utah State University

Infection of an invasive frog Eleutherodactylus coqui by the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in HawaiiBeard, KH and O’Neill, EM (2005). Biological Conservation 126: 591-595.

Potential predators of an invasive frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) in Hawaiian forestsBeard, KH and Pitt, WC (2006). Journal of Tropical Ecology 22:1-3.

Population Density Estimates and Growth Rates of Eleutherodactylus coqui in HawaiiBeard, KH; Al-Chokhachy, R; Tuttle, NC; O’Neill, EM (2008). Journal of Herpetology 42(4): 626-683.

Diet of the Invasive Frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui, in HawaiiBearch, KH (2007). Copeia 2: 281-291.

An invasive frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui, increases new leaf production and leaf litter decomposition rates through nutrient cycling in HawaiiSin, H; Beard, KH; and Pitt, WC (2008). Biological Invasions 10: 335-345.

Aerially applied citric acid reduces the density of an invasive frog in Hawaii, USATuttle, NC; Beard, KH; and Al-Chokhachy, R (2008). Wildlife Research 35: 676-683.

Invasive litter, not an invasive insectivore, determines invertebrate communities in Hawaiian forestsTuttle, NC; Beard, KH; and Pitt, WC (2009). Biological Invasions 11: 845-855.

Design, Operation And Performance Of A Commercial Scale Hot Water Treatment Facility To Control Coqui Frog On Potted Nursery PlantsDurston/Leilani Nursery

A Coqui Free Certification Program On The Island Of Maui: Using Market Incentives To Prevent Inadvertent VectoringPenniman/PCSU

Data Reporting

Pilot Multi-Agency Early Detection Reporting SystemHopkins/PBIN

Building The Technical Capacity Of The Hawaii Island Invasive Species Committees: Database Enhancements And Standard ReportingGibson/PBIN

Invertebrates (other than ants)

Identifying Chemical Attractants And Repellents To Monitor And Manage The Black Twig Borer In Koa WoodlotsDudley/HARC

Identifying Sex Pheromone Components Of The Nettle Caterpillar To Facilitate Detection And Pheromone Disruption ControlJang/USDA

Management Of The Invasive Erythrina Gall Wasp, Quadrasticus Erythrinae Kim (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) On Native And Landscape Erythrina Spp. Hara/HDOA


Accelerated Evaluation Of Insects In Costa Rica And Brazil For Biocontrol Of Miconia calvescensJohnson/USDA

Quarantine Testing Of An Insect For Biocontrol Of Miconia calvescensJohnson/USDA

Evaluation Of Pathogens In Costa Rica For Biocontrol Of Miconia calvescensJohnson/USDA

Survey For Potential Biological Control Agents For Miconia calvescens In Southern MexicoMcClay/McClay Ecosciences

Plants (other than miconia)

Quarantine Testing Of An Insect For Biocontrol Of Tibouchina herbaceaJohnson/USDA

Oahu Early DetectionImada/Bishop Museum

Preliminary Exploration For Arthropod Natural Enemies Of Rubus ellipticus In ChinaJohnson/USDA

Green And Healthy Hawaii: Identifying And Introducing Alternative Ornamental Landscape Plants In Response To Invasive Species IssuesKaufman/UH

Invasive Species Management Using Prevention And Control Technologies In The West Maui MountainsMalama Kahalawai, Inc.


Development Of A Pheromonal Attractant For Detecting Small, Incipient Populations Of Brown Tree Snakes In HawaiiMathies/USDA

Determination Of Foraging And Movement Patterns Of Aratinga Erythrogenys (Aves: Psittacidae) Using Mist Net Live Capture And Radio Telemetry On Oahu Island, HawaiiSilvius/UH

Detecting The Veiled Chameleon On Maui: A Research Proposal To Enhance Control Of An Injurious Species, Duffy/MISC

Developing A Database Providing Risk Analysis Of Reptile & Amphibian IntroductionsKraus/Bishop Museum

Efficacy And Palatability Of Commercially Available Rodenticides, Pitt/USDA

The Effects Of Cooking On Diphacinone Residues In Feral Pig TissuePitt/USDA

Assessing The Risk Of Jackson’s Chameleon To Native Animal Communities In HawaiiKraus/Bishop Museum