Amber Wright
Assistant Professor
office: 314 Edmondson Hall
phone: (808) 956-3639
email: anwright @

2538 McCarthy Mall
EDM 216, Biology
Honolulu, HI, 96822

Robyn Screen
email: rmscreen @

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.

Stevie Kennedy Gold
Master's StudentZoology Graduate Program
email: steviekg @

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.

Dr. Carla Piantoni
Postdoctoral Researcher
email: piantoni @

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. 

Marlin Dart
Research Technician, 2017

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

Arielle Crews
Research Technician, 2017
Master's 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.