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Pohakuloa, Hawaii.

Kealohanuiopuna Kinney

Research Ecologist
60 Nowelo Street
United States

Phone: 808-854-2627
Fax: 808-933-8120
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Current Research

Biosecurity and Early Detection of Tree Mortality Disease

Ungulate Ecology and Behavior

Biodiversity Assesment using eDNA   

Biocultural Resilience and Community Based Conservation Action


Research Interests

Applied Molecular Ecology, Citizen Science, Disturbance Ecology, Biocultural Resilience, Protected Area Design, Biosecurity.

Why This Research is Important

This research is important for advancing theoretical and applied understandings about the threats facing Hawaiian and Pacific island ecosystems. The insights gained through our reseach efforts have resulted in new tools and strategies that can be used to protect, conserve, and sustain the natural resources and services that forest ecosytems provide.



  • Brown University, Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 2015
  • Oregon State University , Graduate Certificate Sustainable Natural Resource Managment 2012
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo, B.A. Geography GIS, Remote Sensing, Biogeography 2007

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist , USDA Forest Service PSW Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry
    2017 - Current

Professional Organizations

  • Department of Hawaiian Homelands - Humu'ula Advisory Group, Board Member (2014 - Current)

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Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Wehr, N.H., Kinney, K.M., Nguyen, N.H. et al. Changes in soil bacterial community diversity following the removal of invasive feral pigs from a Hawaiian tropical montane wet forest. Nature Sci Rep 9, 14681 (2019).

Last updated on : 08/13/2020