Brenden Holland

Associate Researcher, Center for Conservation Research and Training

The Mechanisms and Processes that Result in Diversification of Multicellular Life on Earth



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Research Interests

My professional interests lie in understanding the mechanisms and processes that result in diversification of multicellular life on earth. Some of the most diverse, interesting and informative biological communities occur on oceanic islands. At the same time, island taxa rank among the most threatened life forms, and extinction rates on islands have reached unacceptable levels. Our research focus covers topics from island biogeography and phylogenetic reconstruction, to conservation biology, including studies aimed at gaining insight into predatory behavior and control strategy for harmful invasive species.

Selected Publications

2014 Chiaverano, L.M., M. Wright, & B.S. Holland. Movement behavior of invasive Jackson’s chameleons in Hawaii. Journal of Herpetology. 48(3) In press.

2014 Chiaverano, L.M. & B.S. Holland. Impact of a predatory invasive lizard on the endangered Hawaiian snail Achatinella mustelina: a threat assessment. Endangered Species Research. 24:115-123.

2013 Chiaverano, L.M., B.S. Holland, G.L. Crow, L. Blair, & A. Yanagihara. Long-Term Fluctuations in Circalunar Beach Aggregations of the Box Jellyfish Alatina moseri in Hawaii, with Links to Environmental Variability, PLoS ONE (8)10: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077039.