J. Bradley (Brad) Reil

Graduate Researcher

 Contact Info 
E-mail: jbreil [at] hawaii [dot] edu

Research Interests: Conservation; Ecology of Endemic Species; Invasive Species Management; Genetic Techniques applied to Phylogenetic and Ecological Studies

Outreach and Museum Work: Presently I assist with management, outreach and maintenance for the University of Hawaii Insect Museum and Collection (UHIM). This includes the digitization efforts currently taking place so that we may catalogue all of our specimens online to share with other scientists and members of the public from around the world. We provide collection tours for schools and other organizations, and enjoy sharing our collection and spreading knowledge about insects! If you are interested in a group tour, please feel free to contact me at the above email address!


Cornell University, Ithaca NY (2011-2015)
  B.A. Biological Science: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Concentration, 2015
  Minor: Entomology, 2015
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu HI (2015-Present)
  Ph.D. Entomology, In Progress


Aug 2015-present: Invasion Pathways of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros), Rubinoff Lab, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Applying Sanger Sequencing and Next-Generation Sequencing Methods to resolve the invasion routes taken by the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle through the Pacific Islands and ultimately Hawaii
  • Generating information regarding CRB population structure and dynamics to assist with management efforts

Aug 2015-present: Doctoral Thesis Research Focus, Rubinoff Lab, University of Hawaii at Manoa


2014-2015: Gilbert (Cole) Lab, Optical Morphology of the Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria), Cornell University

  • Assisted with rearing and establishment S. stercoraria colony and began preliminary work and resolution of methods for looking at the groups optical morphology, specifically sexual dimorphisms (or the lack there of)

Summer 2014: Female Choice and Sperm Selection in Fruit Flies (Drosophila melanogaster), Pitnick Lab, Syracuse University

  • Assisted with a series of projects which looked at female mate selection, sperm selection and morphology, and fly ejaculate composition as they relate to and drive evolution.

Spring 2014: Abroad Experience in Ecuador, Tropical Ecology Program, Boston University

  • Participated in a field-intensive abroad experience in Ecuador. Participants were stationed primarily in Quito (La Universidad San Francisco De Quito) but made a number of excursions to experience the countries unique and diverse ecology. Noteworthy trips include a 10 day stay on the Ecuadorian Coast, 8 days traveling by boat between the Galapagos Islands, and a one-month expedition at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The program focused on improving research techniques and scientific writing; excursions were coupled with short term research goals.


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