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Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center Staff

Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center Lead Scientists

Steve Hess Ph.D.

Title  Research Wildlife Biologist
Phone  (808) 967-7396 ext. 6410
Mailing address  Kilauea Field Station
P.O. Box 44
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

B.S., 1987Biology. Minor: Anthropology. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. Cum Laude Honors
Field Biology Training Program. Manomet Bird Observatory, Manomet, Massachusetts 02345.
M.S. 1995M.S. Forestry. University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812
Ph.D. 2002Ph.D. Fish & Wildlife Management. Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717

Expertise / Specialty: Research in wildlife population dynamics, wildlife movement ecology, and methods for controlling invasive vertebrates.

Research Interests: Conservation, monitoring, and management of vertebrates; habitat management and endangered species restoration; forest ecology.

Featured Studies:

Select Publications :

Danner, R. M, D. M. Goltz, S. C. Hess, and P. C. Banko. 2007. Evidence of feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia virus, and Toxoplasma gondii in feral cats on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 43:315-318.

Goltz, D. M., S. C. Hess, K. W. Brinck, P. C. Banko, and R. M. Danner. 2008. Home range and movements of feral cats on Mauna Kea, Hawai`i. Pacific Conservation Biology 14:177-184.

Hansen, H., S. C. Hess, D. Cole, and P. C. Banko. 2007. Using population genetic tools to develop a control strategy for feral cats (Felis catus) in Hawai`i. Wildlife Research 34:587-596.

Hess, S. C., P. C. Banko, G. J. Brenner, and J. D. Jacobi. 1999. Factors related to the recovery of subalpine woodland on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Biotropica 31:212-219.

Hess, S. C., J. J. Jeffrey, D. L. Ball, and L. Babich. 2007. Efficacy of feral pig removals at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge. Transactions of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society 42:53-67.


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