Field Station Leader: Dr. Shane R. Siers
The Hawaii field station was established in 1967 to conduct research to reduce rodent depredation in Hawaiian agricultural crops, particularly sugarcane and macadamia nuts. Biologists at the Hawaii field station conduct laboratory and field studies to develop biological and ecological data needed for more effective use of new and existing methods to control rat damage. They study the biology and impact of rats, as well as evaluate the efficacy and safety of control techniques. In addition to addressing wildlife problems in agricultural crops, station biologists are also involved in applying the knowledge and techniques gained in agricultural settings to develop appropriate methods and tools for controlling rats in native ecosystems.
Further information about the research conducted at the Hilo, HI Field Station can be found on the Methods and Strategies to Manage Invasive Species Impacts to Agriculture in Hawaii Research Project page.