College of Natural and Computational Sciences

K. David Hyrenbach, Ph. D

K. David Hyrenbach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Oceanography

HPU Email:

Lab Web-site:

Office Telephone: (808) 236-3563

Office Location: CTSA Building, The Oceanic Institute

Message for Prospective Students


Assistant Professor (2008), Hawaii Pacific University

Adjunct Professor (2008), Duke University

Visiting Scholar (2005 - 2007), University of Washington, Seattle

Research Scientist (2002 - 2007), Duke University Marine Laboratory

Research Associate (2002 - 2007), Point Reyes Bird Observatory

Postdoctoral Researcher (2001 - 2002), Duke University Marine Laboratory

Postdoctoral Researcher (2001 - 2002), Point Reyes Bird Observatory


Ph.D. Oceanography (2001). Scripps Institution of Oceanography

B.S. Ecology, Behavior & Evolution (1993). University of California San Diego

Current Professional Service: 

Scientific Editor, Public Library of Science (PLoS-1), July 2011 – present.

Member, Federal Marine Protected Area Advisory Committee, July 2010 – present.

Review Editor, Marine Ecology Progress Series.  March 2006 – present


Since Coming to HPU (January 2008):

Adams, J., MacLeod, C., Suryan, R.M., Hyrenbach, K.D., and Harvey, J.T. 2012. Summer-time use of west coast US National Marine Sanctuaries by migrating sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus). Biological Conservation, In Press.

Lewison, R., Oro, D., Godley, B., Underhill, L., Bearhop, S., Wilson, R., Ainley, D., Arcos, J.M.,  Boersma, P.D., Borboroglu, P., Boulinier, T., Frederiksen, M., Genovart, M.,  González-Solís, J., Green, J.A., Grémillet, D., Hamer, K.C., Hilton, G.M., Hyrenbach, K.D., Martínez-Abraín, A.,  Montevecchi, W.A., Phillips, R.A., Ryan, P.G., Sagar, P.M., Sydeman, W.J., Yorio, P.,  Wanless, S., Watanuki, Y., and Weimerskirch, H.  2012. Research Priorities for seabirds: Improving seabird conservation and management in the 21st century. Endangered Species Research, In Press.

Titmus, A.J., and Hyrenbach, K.D. 2011. Habitat associations of marine birds and floating debris in the North East Pacific at two spatial scales. Submitted to Marine Pollution Bulletin, 62(11): 2496-2506.

Gilman, E., Dunn, D., Read, A., Warner, R., and  Hyrenbach, K.D.  2011. Designing Criteria Suites to Identify Sites and Networks of High Value Across Manifestations of Biodiversity.  Biodiversity Conservation, 20(14): 3363-3383. 

Schick, R.S., Halpin, P.N., Read, A.J., Urban, D.L., Best, B.D., Good, C.P. Good, Roberts, J.J. Roberts, LaBrecque, E.A., Dunn, C., Garrison, L., Hyrenbach, K.D., McClellan W.A., Pabst, D.A., Palka, D.L., Stevick, P., and  Whitehead, H.  2011. Community structure in pelagic cetaceans.  Marine Ecology Progress Series. 434: 165-193.   

Nur, N., Jahncke, J., Herzog, M.P., Howar, J., Hyrenbach, K.D., Zamon, J.E., Ainley, D.G., Wiens, J.A., Morgan, K., Ballance, L.T.,  Stralberg, D. 2011.Where the wild things are: predicting hotspots of seabird aggregations in the California Current System. Ecological Applications, 21 (6) : 2241-2257.

Hyrenbach, K.D. 2011. Tale of Two Years: Monitoring Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at Freeman Seabird Preserve in Black Point, O’ahu. 'Elepaio 71(3): 17-20.

Hooker, S.K., Cañadas, A., Hyrenbach, K.D., Corrigan, C., Polovina, J.J., Reeves, R.R. 2011. Making protected area networks effective for marine top predators Endangered Species Research 13:203-218.

Hyrenbach, K.D. 2010. Pelagic Reserves for Marine Top Predators: How Big and How Many? Current 26(2): 29-33.

Ainley, D.G., Hyrenbach, K.D. 2010. Top-Down and Bottom-Up Factors Affecting Seabird Population Trends in the California Current System (1985-2006). Progress in Oceanography, 84 (3-4): 242-254.

Nevins H.M., Adams J., Moller H., Newman J., Hester M., Hyrenbach K.D. 2009. International and cross-cultural management in conservation of migratory species. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 39 (4): 183-185.

Hart K.M., Hyrenbach K.D. 2009. Satellite telemetry of marine mega-vertebrates. Endangered Species Research 10: 9-20.

Hyrenbach, D., Nevins, H., Hester, M., Keiper, C., Webb, S., Harvey, J.2009. Seabirds Indicate Plastic Pollution in the Marine Environment.  In:  Marine debris in Alaska : coordinating our efforts : proceedings of the Marine Debris in Alaska Workshop, February 14-15, 2008, Anchorage, Alaska / Michael Williams and Erika Ammann, (Editors), Fairbanks: Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks, pp. 57-61.

McClatchie, S., Goericke, R., Koslow, J.A., Schwing, F.B., Bograd, S.J., Charter, R.,  Watson, W., Lo, N., Hill, K., Gottschalk, J., L’Heureux, M., Xue, Y., Peterson, W.T., Emmett, R., Collins, C., Gaxiola-Castro, G., Durazo, R., Kahru, M., Mitchell, B.G., Hyrenbach, K.D., Sydeman, W.J., Bradley, R. W., Warzybok, P., Bjorkstedt, E. 2008. The State of the California Current, 2007-2008: La Niña Conditions and Their Effects on the Ecosystem. CalCOFI Reports 49: 39-76.

Hebshi, A.J., Duffy, D.C., Hyrenbach, K.D. 2008. Associations between seabirds and subsurface predators around Oahu, Hawaii. Aquatic Biology 4: 89-98.

Hyrenbach, K.D. 2008. Applying Spatially-explicit Measures for Albatross Conservation, In: De Roi, T., Jones, M.,and Fitter, J. (Eds). Albatross: their World, their Ways. Firefly Books, Buffalo, NY.  pp. 118-120.

Hyrenbach, K.D. 2008. Around our Necks. (Invited letter to the editor). Natural History 115 (5): 6.

Selected Samples (Before coming to HPU):

Pelagic Biogeography

Marine Protected Area (MPA) Designs

Seabird Distributions and Habitats

Seabirds as Indicators of Ocean Variability

Albatross Satellite Tracking

Research Interests:

My main research interests are the oceanic habitats of far-ranging pelagic vertebrates (seabirds, turtles, cetaceans, tunas), and the physical mechanisms (upwelling, convergence) that define predictable areas of enhanced biological activity in pelagic systems. My objective is to incorporate an understanding of natural history and oceanography into the design of management and conservation strategies (i.e., gear modifications, area closures, Marine Protected Areas) to protect highly mobile pelagic species and their dynamic habitats.

Research News:

 Summer 2012: Winged Ambassadors program launched

 Spring 2011: Shearwater monitoring in O’ahu:  E’lepaio Newsletter 

 Summer 2008: Check out albatross tracks from Kure Atoll and Cordell Bank        

Courses Regularly Taught at HPU:

BIOL3081 (Ecology Laboratory)

BIOL4909 (Biometry)

BIOL 6090 (Advanced Biometry)

MARS 6400 (Marine Conservation Biology