Daniel Rubinoff

 Contact Info 
Office: Gilmore 412
Phone Number: 956-8432
Fax Number: 956-2428
E-mail: rubinoff [at] hawaii [dot] edu

Professor of Entomology
Director of the University of Hawai'i Insect Museum

Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
3050 Maile Way, Room 310
Honolulu, HI 96822

Fields of research: Systematics, taxonomy, invasive species,
insect conservation, biology, evolution, ecology


Current Status (October 2002-present)

  • Professor, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences-Entomology program
  • Director, University of Hawai'i Insect Museum
  • Elected faculty member of the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Graduate Program, Member of the Graduate Faculty


University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
  Doctorate of Philosophy in Science, June 2001.
Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources, May 1992 - Graduated with Distinction


10/02-present: Systematics, Conservation, and Ecology

  • Constructing phylogenies using Morphological and Molecular tools to explore patterns of diversity and mechanisms of Ecological Diversification
  • Applying results of systematic analysis to improve Conservation Planning for invertebrates and for control of invasive species

7/01-10/02: Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of Insect Biology, University of California, Berkeley

  • NSF PEET fellow: molecular and morphological systematics of Tortricidae

8/95-6/01: Graduate Student, Division of Insect Biology, University of California, Berkeley

  • Advanced to candidacy 1/98
  • Assessed the efficacy of bird (California Gnatcatcher)-based conservation planning on three species of Lepidoptera in endangered southern California coastal sage scrub habitat
  • Constructed a molecular phylogeny of the moth genus Hemileuca (Saturniidae) and the H. electra species complex to examine patterns of character evolution and conservation implications

10/93-5/95: Research Assistant, Dr. Paul Ehrlich, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

  • Under Nevada Biodiversity Initiative, designed database and developed standardized water quality tolerance parameters for aquatic invertebrates
  • Used Center's Global Species Database to investigate patterns of diversity and rarity; identified areas of critical concern and developed conservation strategies

6/95-8/95 & 5/94-9/94: Research Assistant, Nevada Biodiversity Initiative

  • Studied community structure and population dynamics of butterflies of the Great Basin using standardized surveys and mark-recapture techniques to examine effects of different land use on species composition

Teaching Experience

10/02-present: Instructor, University of Hawai'i

  • “Invasive Species” with emphasis on the conservation impacts, ethics and methods of control across all biomes
  • “Phylogenetics and Systematics”: graduate level course, culminates in a student symposium attended by faculty and students from several departments
  • Various graduate seminars: for example “Conflict in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology”; 28 students, the largest seminar in recent departmental history

5/01-present: Research Supervisor, UC Berkeley and the University of Hawai'i

  • Training graduate and undergraduate students in molecular systematics, including laboratory and theoretical procedures. I employ and supervise an active and dynamic group consisting of 12 graduate and undergraduate students

1/98-present: Guest Lecturer, University of Hawaii, University of California, Berkeley

  • Designed and presented lectures for Conservation Biology, Introductory Entomology, Insect Natural History, and Insects and Human Society courses

1-5/96, 1-5/98: Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley

  • Taught Introductory Entomology
  • Conducted twice weekly laboratories with lectures, designed lab practicals, led field surveys

Other Experience


Cognato, A. I., B. Jordal, and D. Rubinoff. In press. Ancient “wanderlust” leads to diversification of endemic Hawaiian Xyleborus species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Insect Systematics and Diversity.

Doorenweerd , C. , L. Leblanc, A. L. Norrbom, M. San Jose, D. Rubinoff. 2018. A global checklist of the 932 fruit fly species in the tribe Dacini (Diptera: Tephritidae). Zookeys

Rubinoff, D. 2018. Bees Gone Wild. Scientific American. Editorial. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/bees-gone-wild/

San Jose, M. C. Doorenweerd, L. Leblanc, N. Barr, S. Geib, D. Rubinoff. In press. Incongruence between molecules and morphology: a seven-gene phylogeny of Dacini fruit flies paves the way for reclassification (Diptera: Tephritidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

Lepczyk, C. A. and D. Rubinoff. 2018. Ecological Issues (of invasive species) in Ecology and Management of Terrestrial Vertebrate Invasive Species in the United States. W. C. Pitt, J. Beasley and G. W. Witmer, Eds. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis.

Dupuis, J.R., Sim, S.B., San Jose, M., Leblanc, L., Hoassain, M.A., Rubinoff, D. and Geib, S.M. 2018. Population genomics and comparisons of selective signatures in two invasions of melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae). Biological Invasions, pp.1-18.

Gillette, C. and D. Rubinoff. 2017. A Second Adventive Species of Pinhole-borer on the Islands of Oahu and Hawaii. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 49:51-57

Rubinoff, D. 2017. Hawaiian Lepidoptera represent remarkable diversity that is disappearing before it can be discovered. News of the Lepidopterists’ Society. 59: 202-204.

Medeiros, M.J., Haines, W.P., Carleton, M.A., & Rubinoff, D. 2017. Small survivors: unexpected endemic diversity of Hyposmocoma (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterigidae) moths on Kahoʻolawe, a degraded Hawaiian island. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 180: 570-592.

Elliot, C., S. E. Weber, J. B. Meyer and D. Rubinoff. 2017. Assessing rainfall accumulation and temperature as catalysts for Pleocoma tularensis. Leach, 1933 emergence in the central Sierra Nevada (Coleoptera: Pleocomidae) Pan-Pacific Entomologist 93:65-70.

Rubinoff, D. M. San Jose and R. Peigler. 2017. Multi-gene phylogeny of the Hemileuca maia complex (Saturniidae) across North America suggests complex phylogeography and rapid ecological diversification. Systematic Entomology.

Rubinoff, D., San Jose, M. and Powell, J.A., 2017. Sex-biased Secondary Contact Obscures Ancient Speciation onto Relictual Host Trees in Central California Moths (Syndemis: Tortricidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109:388-403.

Reil, J. B., M. San Jose and D. Rubinoff. 2016. Low variation in Nuclear and Mitochondrial DNA inhibits resolution of Invasion Pathways across the pacific for the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (Scarabeidae: Oryctes rhinoceros). Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 48: 57-69.

Leblanc, L. M. San Jose, M. Wright and D. Rubinoff. 2016. Declines in biodiversity and the abundance of pest species across land use gradients in Southeast Asia. Landscape Ecology 31: 505-516. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-015-0276-3

Rubinoff, D. and C. Lepczyk. 2015. Wild Horses Are Terrible for the West http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/12/wild_feral_horses_are_bad_for_the_environment_in_the_west.html. Slate. After 24 hours it was the 3rd most viewed article on the website, with over 4,000 facebook posts.

Rubinoff, D., J. Matsunaga, F. Starr, K. Starr, and W. Haines. 2015. The Sleepy Orange transits the Pacific: a new butterfly species for Hawaii. News of the Lepidopterist’s Society 57. pp.72-73.

Rubinoff, D. and Kitching, I., 2015. Daphnis placida, a New Species of Sphinx Moth for Guam, USA. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 47: 79-81.

Dupont, S. and D. Rubinoff. 2015. Larval and larval case morphology of Hyposmocoma species (Cosmopterigidae: Lepidoptera), with a discussion on adaptations to larval case-bearing locomotion. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 108: 1037-1052

Leblanc, L., San Jose, M., Bhandari, B.P., Tauber, C.A. and Rubinoff, D., 2015. Attraction of Lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) to Methyl Eugenol in Asia. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 47: 67-70.

Leblanc, L., Fay, H., Sengebau, F., San Jose, M., Rubinoff, D. and Pereira, R., 2015. A Survey of Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae) and their Opiine Parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in Palau. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 47: 55-66.

Rubinoff, D. 2015. The Butterfly Effect. The Washington Post. Editorial. In print and online, February 22, 2015. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-monarch-butterfly-doesnt-need-so-much-help/2015/02/20/cd936d60-b887-11e4-a200-c008a01a6692_story.html

Rubinoff, D., M. San Jose, P. Johnson, R. Wells, K. Osborne, and J. J. Leroux. 2015. Ghosts of glaciers and the disjunct distribution of a threatened California moth (Euprosperpinus euterpe). Biological Conservation. 184: 278-289.

Schutze M.K., Aketarawong N., Amornsak W., Armstrong K.F., Augustinos A.A., Barr N., Bo W., Bourtzis K., Boykin L.M., Cáceres C., Cameron S.L., Chapman T.A., Chinvinijkul S., Chomič A., De Meyer M., Drosopoulou E., Englezou A., Ekesi S., Gariou-Papalexiou A., Geib S.M., Hailstones D., Hasanuzzaman M., Haymer D., Hee A.K.W., Hendrichs J., Jessup A., Ji Q., Khamis F.M., Krosch M.N., Leblanc L., Mahmood K., Malacrida A.R., Mavragani-Tsipidou P., Mwatawala M., Nishida R., Ono H., Reyes J., Rubinoff D., San Jose M., Shelly T.E., Srikachar S., Tan K.H., Thanaphum S., Ul-Haq I., Vijaysegaran S., Wee S.L., Yesmin F., Zacharopoulou A., Clarke A.R. 2015. Synonymization of key pest species within the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex (Diptera: Tephritidae): taxonomic changes based on 20 years of integrative morphological, molecular, cytogenetic, behavioral, and chemoecological data. Systematic Entomology. 40: 456-471. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12113.

Leblanc, L., M. A. Hossain, S. A. Khan, M. San Jose, and D. Rubinoff. 2014. Additions to the Fruit Fly Fauna (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae) of Bangladesh, with a Key to the Species. Proceedings of Hawaiian Entomological Society. 46: 31-40.

Leblanc, L., Jose, M.S. and Rubinoff, D., 2014. Description of a new species and new country distribution records of Bactrocera (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae) from Cambodia. Zootaxa, 4012(3), pp.593-600.

Barr, N.B., L.A. Ledezma, L. Leblanc, M. San Jose, D. Rubinoff, S.M. Geib, B. Fujita, D.W. Bartels, D. Garza, P. Kerr, M. Hauser, and S. Gaimari. 2014. Genetic diversity of Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae) on the Hawaiian Islands: Implications for an introduction pathway into California. Journal of Economic Entomology 107: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/EC13482

Eiben, J. E. and D. Rubinoff. 2014. Application of agriculture-developed demographic analysis for the conservation of the Hawaiian alpine wekiu bug. Conservation Biology. 28:1077-88 doi: 10.1111/cobi.12315.

Haines, W. P., P. Schmitz, and D. Rubinoff. 2014. Ancient diversification of Hyposmocoma moths in Hawaii. Nature Communications. 5: doi:10.1038/ncomms4502

Medeiros, M. J., J. A. Eiben, W. P. Haines, R. L. Kaholoaa, C. B. A. King, P. D. Krushelnycky, K. N. Magnacca, D. Rubinoff, F. Starr and K. Starr. 2013. The Importance of Insect Monitoring to Conservation Actions in Hawaii. Proceedings of Hawaiian Entomological Society. 45: 149-166.

Leblanc, L., M. A. Hossain, S. A. Khan, M. San Jose, and D. Rubinoff. 2013. A Preliminary Survey of the Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae) of Bangladesh. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society. 45: 51-58.

San Jose, M., L. Leblanc, S.M. Geib, and D. Rubinoff. 2013. An evaluation of the species status of Bactrocera invadens (Drew, Tsuruta and White) and the systematics of the Bactrocera dorsalis complex (Diptera: Tephritidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 106: 684-694. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/AN13017.

Kawahara, A.Y., Rubinoff, D. 2013. Convergent evolution of morphology and habitat use in the explosive Hawaiian fancy case caterpillar radiation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:1763-1773.

Leblanc L, Rubinoff D, Wright M.G. 2013. Conservation Implications of Changes in Endemic Hawaiian Drosophilidae Diversity across Land Use Gradients. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62464. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062464.

Kawahara, A.Y., J. W. Breinholt, F. V. Ponce, J. Haxaire, L. Xiao, G. P. A. Lamarre, D. Rubinoff, and I.J. Kitching. 2013. Evolution of Manduca sexta hornworms and relatives: Biogeographical analysis reveals an ancestral diversification in Central America. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 68: 381-386.

Vorsino AE, King CB, Haines WP, Rubinoff D. 2013. Modeling the Habitat Retreat of the Rediscovered Endemic Hawaiian Moth Omiodes continuatalis Wallengren (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). PLoS ONE 8(1): e51885. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051885

Haines, W.P. and D. Rubinoff. 2012. Molecular phylogenetics of the moth genus Omiodes Guenee (Crambidae: Spilomelinae), and the origins of the Hawaiian lineage. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 305-316.

Kawahara, A. Y. and D. Rubinoff. 2012. Three new species of Fancy Case caterpillars from threatened forests of Hawaii (Lepidoptera, Cosmopterigidae, Hyposmocoma). Zookeys 170: 1?20. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.170.1428.

Rubinoff, D. M. San Jose, and A. Y. Kawahara. 2012. Phylogenetics and species status of Hawaii's endangered Blackburn's Sphinx Moth, Manduca blackburni (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). Pacific Science, 66:31-41.

Kawahara, A.Y., N. Tangalin, D. Rubinoff. 2011. Life-history notes on the fern-mining endemic Hyposmocoma (Euperissus) trivitella Swezey 1913 (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterigidae) from Kauai and a report of associated parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae). Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 43: 9-12.

Wahlberg, N. and D. Rubinoff. 2011. Anomalous areas and awkward ages: alleviating concerns. Systematic Entomology, 36: 604-606.

Wahlberg, N. and D. Rubinoff. 2011. Vagility across Vanessa (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): mobility in butterfly species does not inhibit the formation and persistence of isolated sister taxa. Systematic Entomology 36: 362-370.

Schmitz, P. and D. Rubinoff. 2011. Ecologically and Morphologically Remarkable New Cosmet Moth Species of the Genus Hyposmocoma (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterigidae) Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands with Reference to the Spectacular Diversity of Larval Cases. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 104: 1-15.

Schmitz, P. and D. Rubinoff. 2011. The Hawaiian amphibious caterpillar guild: New species of Hyposmocoma (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterigidae) confirm distinct aquatic invasions and complex speciation patterns. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 162: 15-42.

Rubinoff, D., B. S. Holland, M. SanJose, and J. Powell. 2011. Geography may not facilitate invasions: Hawaii is not the source of the California invasion by the light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana). PLoS ONE 6(1): e16361. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016361

Leblanc, L., R.I.Vargas, and D. Rubinoff. 2010. A comparison of nontarget captures in BioLure and liquid protein food lures in Hawaii. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 42: 15-22.

Rubinoff, D. and M. San Jose. 2010. Life History and Host Range of Hawaii's Endangered Blackburn's Sphinx Moth (Manduca blackburni Butler). Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 42:53-59.

Eiben, J. A. and D. Rubinoff. 2010. Life history and captive rearing of the Wekiu bug (Nysius wekiuicola, Lygaeidae), an alpine carnivore endemic to the Mauna Kea volcano of Hawaii. Journal of Insect Conservation 14: 701-709.

Leblanc, L., R. I. Vargas, and D. Rubinoff. 2010. Captures of Pest Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) and Nontarget Insects in BioLure and Torula Yeast Traps in Hawaii. Environmental Entomology. 39: 1626-1630.

Rubinoff, D. and P. Schmitz. 2010. Multiple aquatic invasions by an endemic, terrestrial Hawaiian moth radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 107:5903-5906.

Leblanc, L., R.I. Vargas, and D. Rubinoff. 2010.Attraction of Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae) and Endemic and Introduced Nontarget Insects to BioLure Bait and Its Individual Components in Hawaii. Environmental Entomology 39:989-998

King, C. B. A, W. P. Haines and D. Rubinoff. 2010. Impacts of invasive parasitoids on declining endemic Hawaiian leafroller moths (Omiodes: Crambidae) vary among sites and species. Journal of Applied Ecology. 47:299-308.

Rubinoff, D. and P. Schmitz. 2010. Multiple aquatic invasions by an endemic, terrestrial Hawaiian moth radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 107:5903-5906

Leblanc, L., R.I. Vargas, and D. Rubinoff. 2010. Attraction of Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae) and Endemic and Introduced Nontarget Insects to BioLure Bait and Its Individual Components in Hawaii. Environmental Entomology 39:989-998

King, C. B. A, W. P. Haines and D. Rubinoff. 2010. Impacts of invasive parasitoids on declining endemic Hawaiian leafroller moths (Omiodes: Crambidae) vary among sites and species. Journal of Applied Ecology. 47:299-308.

Rubinoff, D. B.S. Holland, A. Shibata, R. H. Messing, and M. G. Wright. 2010. Rapid invasion despite extremely low genetic diversity in the invasive Erythrina Gall Wasp (Quadrastichus erythrinae Kim Delvare and La Salle 2004. Pacific Science 64:23-31.

Leblanc, L., P. M. O'Grady, D. Rubinoff, and S. L. Montgomery. 2009. New Immigrant Drosophilidae in Hawaii, and a Checklist of the Established Immigrant Species. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 41:121-127.

Rubinoff, D, K. H. Osborne, and A. Kawahara. 2009. Synonomization of the euphonious Arctonotus Boisduval, 1852 (Sphingidae: Macroglossinae) based on molecular phylogenetic analysis. Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 63:233-235.

Schmitz, P. and D. Rubinoff. 2009. New Species of Hyposmocoma (Lepidoptera, Cosmopterigidae) from the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands of Laysan, Necker and Nihoa. Zootaxa 2272: 37-53.

Leblanc, L., D. Rubinoff and R.I. Vargas. 2009. Attraction of Nontarget Species to Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) Male Lures and Decaying Fruit Flies in Traps in Hawaii. Environmental Entomology 38: 1446-1461.

Haines, W. M. Heddle, P. Welton and D. Rubinoff. 2009. A recent outbreak of the Hawaiian koa moth, Scotorythra paludicola (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), and a review of outbreaks between 1892 and 2003. Pacific Science 63:349-369.

Hunsdorfer, A. K., D. Rubinoff, M. Attie, M. Wink, and I. J. Kitching. 2009. A revised molecular phylogeny of the globally distriubuted hawkmoth genus Hyles (Lepidoptera: Sphinidae), based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 52:852-865.

King, C., D. Rubinoff, and W. Haines. 2009. Biology and distribution of a recently rediscovered endemic Hawaiian leafroller moth, Omiodes continuatalis (Crambidae). (Cover Feature) Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 63: 11-20.

Le Roux, J. J. and D. Rubinoff. 2009. Molecular data reveals California as the potential source of an invasive leafhopper species, Macrosteles sp. Nr. severeni, transmitting the aster yellows phytoplasma in Hawaii. Annals of Applied Biology 154: 429-439.

Roe, AD, Weller, SJ, Baixeras. J, Brown J, Cummings MP, Davis D, Kawahara, AY, Parr, C, Regier,, JC, Rubinoff, D, Simonsen, TJ, Wahlberg, N, and A Zwick. 2009. Evolutionary Framework for Lepidoptera Model Systems (Chapter 1) in Molecular Biology and Genetics of Lepidoptera Editors: M Goldsmith and F Marec. Taylor and Francis, LLC.

Rubinoff, D. and J. J. Le Roux. 2008. Evidence of repeated and independent Saltational Evolution in a Peculiar Genus of Sphinx Moths (Proserpinus: Sphingidae). PLoSONE 3 (12): e4035.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004035.

Rubinoff, D. 2008. Phylogeography and ecology of an endemic radiation of Hawaiian aquatic case-bearing moths (Hyposmocoma: Cosmopterigidae). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B 363: 3459-3465.

King, C. B. A. and D. Rubinoff. 2008. Host Acceptance and Suitability of Endemic Hawaiian Leafroller Moth Omiodes continuatalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) for four Non-native parasitoid Species. Proceedings of Hawaiian Entomological Society. 40:pp. 11-17.

Schmitz, P. and D. Rubinoff. 2008. Three new species of Hyposmocoma (Lepidoptera, Cosmopterigidae) from the Hawaiian Islands, USA based on morphological and molecular evidence. Zootaxa. 1821: 49-58.

Cognato, A. and D. Rubinoff. 2008. New Exotic Ambrosia Beetles Found in Hawaii (Curculioinidae: Scolytinae: Xyleborina). Coleopterists Bulletin 62:421-424.

Gentz, M. C., D. Rubinoff, and J. K. Grace. 2008. Phylogenetic analysis of subterranean termites (Coptotermes spp., Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) indicates the origins of Hawaiian and North American invasions: Potential implications for invasion biology. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 40:pp.1-9.

Snyder, J. F., Warren, A. D., Rubinoff, D. and G. T. Austin. 2008. Zizina otis (F. 1787) Becomes Established on Oahu, Hawaii (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae). News of the Lepidopterist' Society 50. pp.3-6.

King, C and D. Rubinoff. 2008. First record of fossorial behavior in Hawaiian leafroller moth larvae, Omiodes continuatalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Pacific Science 62:147-150.

Rubinoff, D. 2007. Circling the wagons: Agriculturalists and Conservation Biologists must cooperate to protect endemic Hawaiian invertebrate diversity and control invasive species. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 39: 1-5.

Rubinoff, D., S. Cameron, and K. Will. 2006. A Genomic Perspective on the Shortcomings of Mitochondrial DNA for "Barcoding" Identification. Journal of Heredity. 97(6):581-594

Rubinoff, D. 2006. DNA Barcoding evolves into the Familiar. Conservation Biology. 20:1548-1549.

Cameron, S., D. Rubinoff and K. Will. 2006. Who Will Actually Use DNA Barcoding and What Will it Cost. Systematic Biology. 55: 844-847.

Rubinoff, D. 2006. Utility of Mitochondrial DNA Barcodes in species conservation. Conservation Biology 20:1026-1033.

Prado, S.S., D. Rubinoff and R.P.P. Almeida. 2006. Vertical Transmission of a Pentatomid Caeca-associated Symbiont. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 99(3): 577-585.

Rubinoff, D and W. P. Haines. 2006. Hyposmocoma molluscivora Description. Science 311:1377.

Rubinoff, D., S. Cameron, and K. Will. 2006. Are plant DNA barcodes a search for the Holy Grail? Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 21:1-2.

Rubinoff, D. and B.S. Holland. 2005. Between Two Extremes: Mitochondrial DNA is neither the Panacea nor the Nemesis of Phylogenetic and Taxonomic Inference. Systematic Biology 54: 952-961.

Rubinoff, D. and W. P. Haines. 2005. Web-spinning caterpillar stalks snails. Science. 309:575.

Rubinoff, D. and J. Powell. 2004. Conservation of fragmented small populations: endemic species persistence on California's smallest channel island. Biodiversity and Conservation 13: 2537-2550

Will, K. and D. Rubinoff. 2004. Myth of the molecule: DNA barcodes for species cannot replace morphology for identification and classification. Cladistics 20:47-55.

Rubinoff, D and F.A. H. Sperling. 2004. Mitochondrial DNA sequence, morphology and ecology yield contrasting conservation implications for two threatened Buckmoths (Hemileuca: Saturniidae). Biological Conservation 118: 341-351.

Rubinoff, D. 2002. Endangered plants as guides for saving endemic insects in California. Fremontia, 30: 62-66.

Rubinoff, D. and F.A.H. Sperling. 2002. Evolution of ecological traits and wing morphology in Hemileuca (Saturniidae) based on a two gene phylogeny. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 25: 70-86.

Rubinoff, D. 2002. Observations of Adult and Larval Behavior in the Winter Sphingid, Arctonotus lucidus (Sphingidae). The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 55: 78-79.

Rubinoff, D. 2001. Evaluating the California Gnatcatcher as an Umbrella Species for conservation of Coastal Sage Scrub. Conservation Biology 15:1374-1383.

McElfresh, J.S., J. G. Millar, and D. Rubinoff. 2001. (E4,Z9)-tetradecadienal, a sex pheromone for three North American species in the genus Saturnia. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 27: 791-806.

Rubinoff, D and J. A. Powell. 1999. Description of Diedra, new genus (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Tortricinae: Archipini), and three new species, based on phylogenetic analysis. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 92: 473-487

Rubinoff, D. 1998. Field observations on mating behavior and predation of Hemileuca electra (Saturniidae). The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 52: 212-214

Rubinoff, D. and K.H. Osborne. Two new species of Asteraceae-feeding Bucculatrix (Bucculatricidae) from California. The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 51: 227-236

Rubinoff, D. 1996. California scrub jay predation on the arboreal salamander (Aneides lugubris). Herpetological Review, 27: 135

Grants and Awards

Funded Research Projects

  • Natural Resources Program Video. 2010. Hawaii Tourism Authority. PI Liquid Planet Studio. Rubinoff co-wrote proposal with staff of Liquid Planet studios to fund public service announcements about invasive species in Hawaii. This grant was not through University of Hawaii, but demonstrates Rubinoff's efforts in outreach and public service.
  • Evaluation of the population status Surveys for the endangered Mariana Islands Butterflies Hypolimnas octucula mariannensis and Vagrans egistina. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Constructing a DNA-based systematic framework for the Bactrocera dorsalis complex (Diptera: Tephritidae) for improved control and quarantine. 2010-2011 USDA-ARS.
  • Ecological Diversity, Systematics, and Conservation of Hawaii's endemic Hyposmocoma. 2009-2012. National Science Foundation. PI: Daniel Rubinoff
  • Proposal to survey for invasive Bark Beetles (Scolytinae) in Hawaii. 2009-2010. U.S. Forest Service. PI: Daniel Rubinoff
  • Evaluating the Efficacy, Biological Interference and Nontarget Impacts of a Fireweed Biological Control Agent Release. 2009-2011. USDA- TSTAR. PI: Daniel Rubinoff
  • University of Hawaii Insect Museum Conservation Assessment. 2008. The National Institute for Conservation. 2008.
  • Evaluating the potential use of Imidacloprid and Less Susceptible Banana Cultivars to Fight BBTV.. PBARC. Co-PI's: Wang, Hooks, Rubinoff, Perez, and Sugano. 2008-2011.
  • Using Genetics and Range of Hawaiian Light Brown Apple Moth to Assess the Utility of the Agricultural Quarantine against Hawaii. USDA-ARS. 2008-2010.
  • Integrated Management of Cryptophlebia spp. (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in Macadamia Nuts. USDA-ARS. Co-PIs: M. Wright, D. Rubinoff, P. Follett. 2008-2011.
  • The Ecology, Systematics and Conservation of Hawaii's remarkable Aquatic Moths (Hyposmocoma (Cosmopterigidae)). Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii. 2007-2008.
  • Manduca blackburni Sphinx Moth as a model organism for Hybrid Insect MEMS technology and feasibility study for Aquatic beetle MEMS. Department of Defense. 2007-2009.
  • Exploration, Genetic Characterization, and Host Range Testing of Parasitoids for Biocontrol of the Erythrina Gall Wasp, Quadrastichus erythrinae Kim. 2006-2009. USDA- TSTAR. PI: Daniel Rubinoff, Co-PI's Wright, Messing, Bokonon
  • Natural History and Conservation of the Wekiu Bug. Office of Mauna Kea Management/Institute for Astronomy. 2005-2010.
  • Genetic identity, range and phylogeography of the threatened Kern Primrose Sphinx Moth (Euproserpinus euterpe). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2007-2008.
  • Initial Exploration (in Africa) and Genetic Work to Accelerate Efforts at Biological Control of the Erythrina Gall Wasp Quadrastichus erythrinae Kim. Maui County HISC Co-PI's Wright, Messing, Bokonon. 2006-2008
  • Non-target impacts of Fruit fly control on endemic Hawaiian insects. USDA-ARS 2004-2009.
  • Target and non-target impacts of biological control introductions on native moths: quantifying the hazard that biological control poses to native, non-target insects USDA- TSTAR 2003-2009
  • Natural History and Conservation of the Wekiu Bug. Office of Mauna Kea Management.
  • Genetic identity, range and Phylogeography of the threatened Kern Primrose Sphinx Moth (Euproserpinus euterpe). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Non-target impacts of Fruit fly control on endemic Hawaiian insects. USDA-ARS.
  • Target and non-target impacts of biological control introductions on native moths: quantifying the hazard that biological control poses to native, non-target insects USDA- TSTAR.
  • Ecology and systematics of pest and endemic Hawaiian leaf roller moths in the genus Omiodes (Guenee) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) USDA: 5 years.
  • The systematics and plant host range of the Macrosteles species complex in Hawaii-Minor Crops-funded: 2 years.
  • Habitat restoration and Blackburn's Sphinx moth Manduca blackburni propagation, reintroduction, and systematics. Private Land Stewardship Grant Program-Environmental Defense: 3 years.
  • Bishop Museum grant for research on Lepidopteran Systematics: Diversity and Conservation of Hyposmocoma (Cosmopterigidae), an endemic Hawaiian radiation: 2003.


  • 2010 University of Hawaii Regent's Medal for Excellence in Research.
  • Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at the British Museum, London, England 2002-2005 (declined in favor of a faculty position at the University of Hawai'i)
  • Monterey Pine Forest Ecology Cooperative, postdoctoral research grant, 2001
  • Harry Clench Award for best student talk. National Meeting, Lepidopterists Society 2001
  • U.C. Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Research Fund. 2000
  • J.H. Comstock Award for best student talk. West Slope meeting, Lepidopterists Society. 2000
  • R.L. Usinger Award for Insect Systematics. 2000
  • F.P. Keen Fellowship. 2000
  • Margaret C. Walker Fund for research and teaching in systematics. 1996-2001
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scholars (ARCS) Foundation Scholar $7,500. 1999
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (campus-wide). 1999
  • U.C. Berkeley Teaching Effectiveness Award. 1999
  • First place, President's Prize, Student Competition, National Meeting, Entomological Society of America. 1999
  • Harry Clench Award for best student talk. National Meeting, Lepidopterists Society. 1999
  • Harvey I. Magy Memorial Scholarship. 1998
  • Block Grant Fellowship. 1998
  • Florence M. Lankershim Scholarship in Entomology. 1995-1998

Professional Memberships

  • Entomological Society of America, Lepidopterist's Society, Society for Conservation Biology, Society of Systematic Biologists, Xerxes Society, Hawaiian Entomological Society


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