Tracking Miconia on Maui

CTAHR-led study wins national recognition

Tracking Miconia on Maui

Congratulations to CTAHR alumnus and former faculty member James Leary and his co-authors Brooke Mahnken, Christopher Wada, and Kimberly Burnett! Their scientific paper, “Interpreting Life-History Traits of Miconia through Management over Space and Time in the East Maui Watershed, Hawaii,” recently won the 2019 Outstanding Paper, Invasive Plant Science and Management award from the Weed Science Society of America.

The paper describes the invasion of miconia in the East Maui Watershed and traces mitigation efforts against this aggressive weed tree. The watershed produces a billion+ gallons of fresh water used for agriculture and consumption and is habitat to more than 100 threatened and endangered species.

“This is a great honor to receive and is a credit to CTAHR’s support of my development as a faculty member,” said James, a graduate of CTAHR’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management and currently a professor at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “The study was a great way to end my tenure, and I am forever appreciative to my college.”  

Read more about the study and download the full paper.


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