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Kaua'i Literature & Resources

By attending the Kaua'i Biodiversity Ecotour, you directly support important research that raises public awareness, contributes to citizen naturalism, and helps conserve rare and endangered plants and fungi. This research is crucial for understanding the significance of biodiversity preservation. To learn more about its importance, check out the literature and resources below.

Kaua'i/Hawai'i Specific:


Extinction risk of the endemic vascular flora of Kauai, Hawaii, based on IUCN assessments (2022)

  • “The archipelago of Hawai'i has one of the highest levels of endemism of any floristic region; 90% of its 1367 native vascular plant taxa are classified as endemic.”

  • According to IUCN, 256 SIE vascular plant taxa are threatened with extinction and 5% are already extinct. This is the highest extinction risk reported for any flora to date. The preliminary assessment of the native vascular flora of Hawaii showed that 72% (753 taxa) is threatened.

  • The flora of Hawai'i may be one of the world's most threatened; thus, increased and novel conservation measures in the state and on other remote oceanic islands are urgently needed.


Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States

Ch. 8 : Leading threats to Biodiversity - What's Imperiling US Species 

*Chapter opens with the story of the Kaua'i o’o bird that has gone extinct, and explains the human introduced causes for the loss of habitat on the island.

Occupancy and habitat use of the endangered Akikiki and Akekee on Kaua'i Island, HI

Polynesian Mycology:

'This South Pacific island could help us know how fungi evolve' From fairy inkcaps to netted stinkhorns, a new survey catalogs more than 200 species of fungi on the French Polynesian island of Mo’orea- by Lauren J. Young-

Polynesian/Hawai'ian Ethnomycology:


Mushroom Myth and Imagery in Hawai’i

Polynesian Ethnomycology: A case for studying fungi in the Pacific

Medicinal Uses of Fungi by New Zealand Maori People

Māori knowledge and use of fungi

Community science topics:


'The benefits of contributing to the citizen science platform iNaturalist as an identifier'


'Aligning citizen science and remote sensing phenology observations to characterize climate change impact on vegetation'


'Rapidly mapping fire effects on biodiversity at a large-scale using citizen science'


Christian Schwarz - ‘Mushrooms and Community Science: data is not the destination’

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