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Brenden Holland

  • BA, MS, PhD
  • Assistant Professor
  • Hawaii Pacific University
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Research interests

EntomologyBiological InvasionsResource ManagementCoastal ManagementOceanographyMalacologyEntomologyHerpetologyEvolutionEcologyBiogeographyConservation

About

My research group and I work on various subjects and species, all relating to Ecology, Conservation and Evolutionary Biology. Specific projects include quantifying and understanding impacts and threats posed to Hawaii's native ecosystems by introduced reptiles such as the Jackson's chameleon, which is native to East Africa and has been established in the Hawaiian rain forests for a number of decades. We have recently shown this predatory lizard is causing serious environmental damage, by direct predation on many endemic Hawaiian organisms including several that are rare and endangered. We recently found 16 rare endemic snails in the stomach of a single chameleon. We are conducting a series of trials aimed at novel and innovative approaches to controlling and reducing the number of chameleons in sensitive forest areas. We also have ongoing work examining the ecology of the Hawaiian Box Jellyfish, which has a regular, and well-known arrival and influx pattern at Waikiki beach, but the mechanisms driving this behavior are not yet well understood, nor are the factors that influence the numbers of jellyfish that arrive at this popular visitor destination. In addition, we are investigating the age and community structure of extinct prehistoric land snail assemblages from the driest region of Oahu, an area where there is little or no forest cover and too hot and dry to support these types of land snails. The implications here are that the climate has shifted over the past 50,000 years to a drier and hotter environment due to natural climate processes and leading to prehistoric extinctions of these sensitive lineages. These are just a few examples of ongoing work in my lab. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Co-authors (44)

Publications (5)

  • Paedophagic cannibalism, resource partitioning, and ontogenetic habitat use in an invasive lizard

    • Van Kleeck M
    • Smith T
    • Holland B
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  • Strangers in the dark: behavioral and biochemical evidence for trail pheromones in Hawaiian tree snails

    • Holland B
    • Gousy-Leblanc M
    • Yew J
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  • THE CONSERVATION STATUS OF TWO ENDANGERED MARIANA BUTTERFLIES, HYPOLIMNAS OCTOCULA MARIANENSIS AND VAGRANS EGISTINA (NYMPHALIDAE)

    • Rubinoff D
    • Holland B
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  • Not just browsing: An animal that grazes phyllosphere microbes facilitates community heterogeneity

    • O'Rorke R
    • Tooman L
    • Gaughen K
    • et al.
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  • Molecular systematics of the endangered O'ahu tree snail Achatinella mustelina: Synonymization of the subspecies and estimation of gene flow between chiral morphs

    • Holland B
    • Hadfield M
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    14Citations

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

Hawaii Pacific University

August 2017 - Present

Associate Professor

University of Hawaii System

August 2004 - January 2016(11 years)

Education

PhD

Texas A&M University

August 1992 - June 1997(5 years)

BA

University of California - San Diego

August 1981 - June 1986(5 years)