National Wildlife Health Center

Honolulu Field Station

The National Wildlife Health Center Honolulu Field station (HFS) was established in 1992 to serve state and federal agencies in Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.  HFS provides technical assistance and applied research to elucidate causes of wildlife disease and mortality. We work closely with biologists and managers to identify wildlife health issues that impact populations and strive to find solutions that assist in conservation and management of wildlife resources.


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Filter Total Items: 6
Date published: February 26, 2018
Status: Active

Marine Invertebrate Diseases

Coral reefs worldwide are under tremendous stress primarily due to human activities along the coasts. While climate change, over fishing, and coastal development have been implicated as a major cause of coral reef decline, diseases seem to play an increasing role.

Contacts: Thierry M Work
Date published: February 25, 2018
Status: Active

Sea Turtle Diseases

Sea turtles are one of the oldest groups of reptiles and are found worldwide. There are seven species of sea turtles in the world, and Hawaii has two of them, the hawksbill and the far more numerous green turtle. Threats to turtles include by-catch from fisheries activity, over harvesting of eggs on nesting beaches, and disease. Of the latter, the most significant disease of sea turtles is...

Contacts: Thierry M Work, T. Todd Jones, Ph.D.
Date published: February 9, 2018
Status: Active

Avian Diseases

The Honolulu Field Station provides routine diagnostic support to state and federal agencies in order to determine cause of death in endangered and threatened native birds in Hawaii, US territories, and affiliated states in the Pacific.   These activities have resulted in information that was important in the recovery of several species of endangered birds such as Laysan ducks, Nihoa...

Contacts: Thierry M Work, Sarah Faegre, PhD
Date published: February 8, 2018
Status: Active

Fish Health

Fish are an important component of marine ecosystems, but relatively little is known of their health, in part because sick and dying fish are difficult to detect.

Contacts: Thierry M Work
Date published: February 7, 2018
Status: Active

Invasive Species

Invasive plants and animals can cause havoc in tropical island ecosystems, because many organisms that have evolved on islands have lost the ability to combat organisms arriving from the continents for reasons as varied as changes in immunity, life history, or behaviors. Early detection and intervention are key aspects dictating whether or not invasive organisms become established.

Contacts: Thierry M Work
Date published: February 6, 2018
Status: Active

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