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.


Motivating landowners to recruit neighbors for private land conservation, Niemiec, R.M., Willer, R., Ardoin, M., Brewer, F.K., (2019). Conservation Biology, Volume 00, No. 0, 1–12

Increases in crop pests caused by Wasmannia  auropunctata in Solomon Islands subsistence gardens, Fasi, J., Brodie, G., and Vanderwoude, C. (2013). Journal of Applied Entomology 2013:1-9

Taking the sting out of Little Fire Ant in Hawaii, Lee, DJ, Motoki M, Vanderwoude C, Nakamoto ST, Leung PS. (2015). Ecological Economics, 111:100-110.

Palatability of baits containing (S)-methoprene by Wasmannia auropunctata, Montgomery MP, Vanderwoude C, Lynch AJL. (2015). Florida Entomologist. 98(2):451-455

A bioeconomic model of Little Fire Ant Wasmannia auropunctata in Hawai‘i, Motoki, M., Lee, D.J., Vanderwoude, C., Nakamoto, S.T. and Leung P.S. (2013). University of Hawai‘i. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit Technical Report #186, 89 pp.

Extracts of the rosary pea, Abrus precatorius, are toxic to the invasive termite, Coptotermes gestroi, Prasad RR, Brodie G, Vanderwoude C, Hodge S. (2016). the Weta 50(38-47).

Potential of the weed Abrus precatorius Linnaeus (Fabales: Fabacae) for control of insect pests in the south Pacific: a review, Prasad R, Brodie G, Vanderwoude C, Hodge S. (2016). International Journal of Entomological Research, 3(3):113-24.

The history of Little Fire Ant Wasmannia auropunctata Roger in the Hawaiian Islands: Spread, control, and local eradication, Vanderwoude, C., M. P. Montgomery, H. Forester, E. Hensley, and M. K. Adachi. (2016). Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 48:39-50.

S. Maunakea Invasive Species Management Plan, Vanderwoude, C, Klasner, F, Kirkpatrick, J, Kaye, (2015). PCSU Technical Report number 191. Honolulu Hawaii: Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii, 84pp.

Recommendations for Future Management of Little Fire Ants in the Republic of Vanuatu, Vanderwoude, C., Fatal, L., Bule, S., (2015).

Managing the impacts of the little fire ants (Wasmannia  auropunctata) in French Polynesia, Vanderwoude, C., Haynes, D., Richards, E., Quinquis, B. Moverley, D. and Skelton, P..A. (2014). Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Apia, SAMOA

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)

Reducing rat lungworm disease in Hawaiʻi through a collaborative partnership with K-12 school garden and agriculture projects, Howe, K., Bach, J., DeCoito, M., Frias, S., Hatch, R., Jarvi, S., Frontiers in Public Health Education and Prevention, (2018) 

Rat Lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) in Hawaii: Updated Host Gastropod Records and Distributions on Maui, Yeung, et al/Bishop Museum, Records of the Hawaii Biological Survey for 2017. Edited by Neal L. Evenhuis. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 123: 19-24 (2018)

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


Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the proposed field release of Euselasia chrysippe for biological control of Miconia calvescens in Hawai‘i , Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC), April 23, 2020

Interpreting Life-History Traits of Miconia (Miconia calvescens) through Management over Space and Time in the East Maui Watershed, Hawaii (USA), Leary J, Mahnken B, Wada C, Burnett K (2018). Invasive Plant Sci Manag 11:191–200. doi: 10.1017/inp.2018.26

Eradication programmes complicated by long-lived seed banks: lessons learnt from 15 years of Miconia control on O’ahu Island, Hawai’i, Neville, R., J.Y. Fugikawa/OISC/PCSU/University of Hawai’i, M. Halabisky/University of Washington, IUCN

Leary_HISC_RT_citations_2013-2016 Leary, et al/UH-CTAHR

Assessing the impacts of canopy openness and flight parameters on detecting a sub-canopy tropical invasive plant using a small unmanned aerial system Perroy, et al/UH-Hilo (2017). ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 125 (2017) 174-183

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)

Protein Kinase Inhibitory Properties Of Extracts Derived From BOCCONIA FRUCTESCENS and GOMPHOCARPUS PHYSOCARPUS, Thomas, et al/UH-Hilo 

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 Mountains, Brosius, et al/Malama Kahalawai, Inc.

Social Behavior

Civic and natural place attachment as correlates of resident invasive species control behavior in HawaiiNiemiec, et al/Stanford University (2017). Biological Conservation 209 (2017) 415-422


UH CTAHR FiedlerK Toxoplasmosis Kauai FY17 Chalkowski Kayleigh, Fiedler Kathryn, Lucey William G., Zohdy Sarah, Lepczyk Christopher A. (2020) Spatial epidemiology of Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence in sentinel feral chickens (Gallus gallus) in Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i. Pacific Conservation Biology , -.

An evaluation of the registration and use prospects for four candidate toxicants for controlling invasive mongooses (Herpestes javanicus auropunctatus), EW Ruell, CN Neibuhr, RT Sugihara, SR Siers/USDA, Management of Biological Invasions (2019)

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