Jackson's Chameleon

Green anole


Amber Wright 
Associate Professor
office: 314 Edmondson Hall
phone: (808) 956-3639
email: anwright @ hawaii.edu

2538 McCarthy Mall
EDM 216, 
School of Life Sciences
Honolulu, HI, 96822

I was born and raised in Honolulu, and while my local roots do not go deep (my mom is from the Philippines and my dad is from New York), I have a very strong sense of place and connection to Hawai'i. I grew up catching green anoles as a kid in town in the '80s (before brown anoles and day geckoes spread). I left at 18 for school on the mainland, spent 18 years there, then, by amazing luck, I got a job back home. My current research focuses on taking advantage of our non-native herp and mammal fauna to address fundamental ecological questions regarding how species interact with each other and their environment.

Robyn Screen 
email: rmscreen @ hawaii.edu

I’m interested in urban ecology and invasion ecology. I’d specifically like to look at how organisms adapt to urban environments and why some species are better than others at colonizing urban environments. I hope to study these topics using anoles, quite possibly the Anolis carolinensis right here on Oahu.

Spencer Alascio
Master's Student, Zoology Graduate Program
email: salascio @ hawaii.edu

My interests lie in the fields of community ecology and trophic ecology. My love of field work has put me in Appalachian rivers, between herds of Yellowstone bison, and in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. While at UH my focus is on interspecific competition and predator-prey dynamics, using the introduced anole and gecko populations as a model system. If I am not chasing after lizards or counting insects, you can likely find me paddle boarding or hiking around the island!

Jose Carranza
Master's Student, Zoology Graduate Program
email: jac60 @ hawaii.edu

I am a first-generation student, with both of my parents being from a small town in Michoacan, Mexico. I took the unconventional route to academia and decided to work in retail and industry before ultimately deciding to go back to pursue my passion, that being the outdoors and animals. I am broadly interested in predator-prey interactions and ecology. I will be studying these topics using the invasive anoles and day geckos found on the island, and how they might be affecting invertebrate populations. In my free time I enjoy watching sports, I also enjoy going out to hunt and fish. #McNairScholar #TMC

Carla Piantoni
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-2019
University of Sao Paulo

My research focuses on comparative and evolutionary ecophysiology in lizards, with the aim of understanding how plasticity and individual variation in thermal biology affect responses to environmental change. In Hawaii, I will be studying the effects of social interactions on thermoregulation and habitat use in two species of introduced anoles and one gecko (Phelsuma) that share the same micro-habitats. Using an enclosure experiment where we vary the lizard community and monitor individual body temperatures, habitat use, social interactions, and the availability of thermal microhabitats, we expect to determine the role of behavior in allowing lizards to cope with competitors who affect access to thermal microhabitats.

Stevie Kennedy-Gold

Post-UHM: Herpetology Collections Manager, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA

My research interests include understanding how urbanization and invasive species affect native community assemblages and how functional traits can predict species interactions. I am particularly interested in the community ecology of the invasive lizards present on many of the Hawaiian Islands.

Marlin Dart
Research Technician, 2017

Post-UHM: graduate student, South Dakota State University

I am broadly interested in mammalian behavior and ecology, but more specifically predator-prey interactions in mesocarnivores.

Arielle Crews
Research Technician, 2017

Post-UHM: graduate student, San Francisco State University

I am interested in the study of infectious disease, particularly zoonotic pathogens and the interactions among species that lead to spillover.