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Ania  Wieczorek

Name :

Ania Wieczorek

Title :

Extension Specialist

Unit :

Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences

Address :

3190 Maile Way
                  Honolulu, HI 96822

Room :

St. John 117

Phone :

(808) 956-7058

E-mail :

Website :

Specialties :

Invasive weeds, Miconia calvescens, Pennisetum setaceum, Population genetics, Western flower thrips, Molecular phylogenetic, Transgenic crops, GMO.

Professional Prep/Appointments :

Doctor of Philosophy, 1999. University of the Western Cape, South Africa Area of specialization: Molecular biology; Molecular ecology. Dissertation title: "Evolutionary relationships of the polymorphic African reed frog complex, Hyperolius spp." Bachelor of Science, cum laude, 1994, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. Major: Biology; Molecular Biology.

Projects :

Research on Invasive Species: 1. Ecological and genetic changes in a biological control agent following introduction into new environment 2. Development of Unique Molecular Markers for Rapid Identification of Potentially Invasive Weeds in Hawaii 3. Population genetics of aphids from papaya orchards to understand epidemiology and develop sustainable management tactics of Papaya ring spot virus 4. Dispersal and population genetics of invasive weeds: management implications 5. Biological invasion of Pentalonia nigronervosa in Hawaiian banana plantings. Conservation of Hawaiian Species 1. Lobelia villosa 2. Potential gene flow from Genetically Engineered Crops to Native Species

TPSS 416 Introduction to Social, Ethical, and Political Issues Associated with Biotechnology The primary purpose of this class is for students to become familiar with the diverse area of agricultural biotechnology and the issues associated with genetic engineering in agriculture TPSS 311 Current topics in plant science

Research Interests: My research interests are broad, but I have an overall interest in the application of molecular techniques in understanding ecological processes, and using this approach to address applied ecological studies. My primary interests lie in the study of patterns of evolution and the processes underlying them. My research strategy involves examining these patterns and processes at a number of levels in the biological hierarchy (by comparing patterns between species to patterns at the intraspecific or population levels); thus gleaning information about evolution at different time scales. Extension Interests: Since taking up my position at UH Mânoa, I have created an extension program to address the concerns of organizations and members of the public regarding the use of biotechnology in agriculture, as well as people interested in obtaining a greater understanding of this topic. To this end, I have organized a number of workshops and made presentations at a diverse spectrum of meetings.

1. Le Roux, J.J., Wieczorek, A.M. 2008. Molecular systematics and population genetics of biological invasions: towards a better understanding of invasive species management. Annals of Applied Biology (In Press). 2. Dunbar-Co, S., Wieczorek, A.M., Morden, C.M. 2008. Molecular phylogeny and adaptive radiation of the endemic Hawaiian Plantago species (Plantaginaceae). American Journal of Botany 95:1177-118. 3. Le Roux, J.J., Wieczorek, A.M., Meyer, J-Y. 2008. Genetic diversity and structure of the invasive tree Miconia calvescens in Pacific islands. Diversity and Distributions (Early Online: DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2008.00504.x). 4. Le Roux, J. J. and Wieczorek, A. M. 2008. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers from velvet tree, Miconia calvescens DC. (Melastomataceae). Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 961-964 5. Le Roux, J., Wieczorek A.M., Wright, M.G., Tran, C. 2007. Super-Genotype: Global monoclonality defies the odds of nature, Public Library of Science ONE 2(7): e590. (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000590.) 9 pp. 6. Le Roux, J. J. and Wieczorek, A. M. 2007 Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers from fireweed, Senecio madagascariensis Poir. (Asteraceae). Molecular Ecology Notes 7: 327-329. 7. Zamudio, K. R., and Wieczorek A. M. 2007. Fine-scale spatial genetic structure and dispersal among spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) breeding populations. Molecular Ecology 16: 257-274. 8. Le Roux, J. J., Wieczorek, A. M., Ramadan, M. M. and Tran, C. T. 2006. The native provenance of invasive fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis Poir.) in the Hawaiian Islands as inferred from phylogenetic analysis. Diversity and Distributions 12: 694–702. 9. Munster, P. and Wieczorek, A.M. 2006. Assessment of the potential for gene flow from agricultural crops to native plant relatives in the Hawaiian Islands. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 119: 1-10. (DOI:10.1016/j.agee.2006.06.014.) 10. Wieczorek, A.M. & Wright, M.G. 2003. PCR detection of phytoplasma from witches' broom disease on Protea spp. (Proteaceae) and associated arthropods. Acta Horticulturae 602: 161-166.