Environmental Law Program Colloquium Series: Conserving Ecosystem Function

Thursday, January 19, 2012 (All day)

Susan Culliney

Conserving Ecosystem Function: The Potential Role of the ‘Alalā (Corvus hawaiiensis) in Shaping Hawai‘i’s Plant Communities

Place: Classroom 1
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to elp@hawaii.edu so we can order food accordingly.
Please feel free to show up even if you do not RSVP!

Please join the Environmental Law Program in our first colloquium of the new year, featuring the law school’s very own Susan Culliney, 1L. Susan received her M.S. degree from the department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Susan will present her thesis, “The role of the critically endangered `Alalā (Corvus hawaiiensis) in dispersing seeds of native Hawaiian fruiting plants.”

Despite presumption of its extinction in the wild, the ʻAlalā, or Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis), continues to persist in captivity. Susan’s thesis explores the ‘Alalā’s ecological role as the largest native frugivore in establishing and maintaining native Hawaiian forests by dispersing seeds for a wide variety of native plants. To advance conservation of ʻAlalā and Hawai‘i’s forests, she investigates both the ecological and cultural roles of this unique species.

Please join us or tune into our Livestream Channel

Environmental Law Program Faculty and Research Associates:
Interim ELP Director David Forman
Chris Odoca, Brent Kakesako, Onaona Thoene, and Teri Wright