Dr. Brenden Holland, CCRT Associate Researcher, and Dr. Daniel Rubinoff, UH Mānoa Professor of Entomology, traveled to Guam last month to assist University of Guam (UoG) researchers in their search for rare endemic species of tree snails and butterflies. Accompanying them were UH Mānoa post-doctoral researcher Dr. William Haines and Doctoral Candidate/DLNR Rare Snail Specialist David Sischo.
The goal of the project, led by Dr. Dan Lindstrom, UoG Assistant Professor, and funded by the Department of Defense, is to survey regions of the island for several species of Guamʻs land snails and butterflies to gain information on the status of the populations and to assist with the management of these natural resources. Dr. Holland, Director of the Endangered Tree Snail Conservation Lab at UH Mānoa, provided support and shared his expertise in conservation efforts with the endangered Hawaiian tree snails.
The collaborative effort also served as a reunion of sorts for Dr. Holland, Dr. Lindstrom, and Dr. Curt Fiedler, UoG Associate Professor and butterfly team co-leader in the project. Both Dr. Lindstrom and Dr. Fiedler received their Ph.D.'s from the Department of Zoology at UH Mānoa.