Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center


Please enjoy these images of the wildlife and landscapes PIERC studies throughout the Pacific Islands

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Geneticist in lab using a pipette to extract a sample from a centrifuge tube
January 17, 2018

Geneticist extracts DNA from samples to detect fungal pathogen

Geneticist, Kylle Roy, extracts DNA from samples to detect Ceratocystis, a fungal pathogen that causes Rapid Ohia Death. Samples have been acquired using aerial spore traps, by collecting wood shavings from ohia trees, or by collecting frass (excrement) of wood-boring beetles.

Air sampling station in a grassy field with ocean in background
December 26, 2017

Air sampling station on the Hāmākua Coast on the island of Hawai‘i

A trap designed for collecting airborne particulates deployed on the Hāmākua Coast of the island of Hawai‘i. The traps appear to be an effective method for monitoring airborne fungal spores as hundreds of fungal taxa were identified from a handful of samples screened by second generation sequencing.

An ohia tree log showing tunnels created by wood boring beetles
December 15, 2017

Inside of an ohia log with tunnels created by wood boring beetles

Wood boring beetle tunnels inside of an ‘ōhi‘a log. Researchers are investigating if the spread of beetle frass (excrement) is a pathway for movement of a fungus that causes Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death.

Man measuring a little red bird.
August 31, 2017

Iiwi banding 2

Measuring the wing length of a banded Iiwi

Man holding red bird.
August 31, 2017

Iiwi with transmitter

Iiwi with small radio transmitter attached to help track the bird's movement through the forest

Close-up photograph of stem, leaves and flower buds of haha plant
August 15, 2017

Cyanea calycina, or haha, in the Wai‘anae Mountains on O‘ahu

A Cyanea calycina, or haha, growing in the Wai‘anae Mountains on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Haha is a rare and endangered plant endemic to Hawai‘i.

Person processing a sample using the "Lab in a Suitcase"
January 31, 2017

Lab in a Suitcase to test for pathogen causing Rapid Ohia Death

"Lab in a Suitcase" set up in the field to test samples for the fungus (Ceratocystis fimbriata) responsible for Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death.

Hawai‘i ‘Elepaio in the hand
December 31, 2016

Hawai‘i ‘Elepaio

Hawai‘i ‘Elepaio

Photograph of coastal strand habitat
December 31, 2016

Coastal Strand, Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park

Dry coastal habitat at Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park, Big Island, Hawai‘i.

Plastic bags with mosquito larvae
December 31, 2016

Rearing mosquito larvae for species identification

Mosquito larvae being reared to identify species. Samples collected at the Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Hawai‘i. 

Photograph overlooking the Alakai Plateau, Kauai
October 31, 2016

Overlooking the Alakai Plateau

Overlooking the Alakai Plateau from the AlakaiSwamp trailhead, Kauai, Hawaii.

Photograph of the Kawaikoi Stream
October 31, 2016

Kawaikoi Stream, Kaua‘i

Kawaikoi Stream, Kaua‘i