College of Natural and Computational Sciences

John L. Culliney, Ph.D.

Professor of BiologyJohn L. Culliney, Ph.D.

Marine Biology

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Office Telephone: (808) 236-5839

Office Location: 215 Hawaii Loa Campus

B.A., Yale University

Ph.D., Duke University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (Museum of Comparative Zoology)

Publications - Books:

2006         ISLANDS IN A FAR SEA: The Fate of Nature in Hawai`i (Revised Edition). University of Hawai`i Press, Honolulu. 420 p.

1999         A NATIVE HAWAIIAN GARDEN: How to Grow and Care for Island Plants. University of Hawai`i Press, Honolulu. (with B.P. Koebele). 140 p.

1988         ISLANDS IN A FAR SEA: Nature and Man in Hawaii. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 410 p.

1981         LESA MORYA (       The Forests of the Sea) – Russian Edition.

Hydrometeorological Press, Leningrad. 280 p.

1980         EXPLORING UNDERWATER:The Sierra Club Guide to Scuba and Snorkeling. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 340 p. (with E.S. Crockett).

1979         THE FORESTS OF THE SEA – Anchor Books (softcover) Edition. Anchor Press/Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y.  433 p.

1977         THE FORESTS OF THE SEA: Life and Death on the Continental Shelf. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 290 p.


Publications - Professional Articles – Marine Biology:

1976         Larval development of the deep water wood-boring bivalve, Xylophaga atlantica Richards (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Pholadidae). Ophelia 15 (2): 149-161 (with R.D. Turner).

1975         Comparative larval development of the shipworms Bankia gouldi and Teredo navalis. Marine Biology 29: 245-251.

1975         Nitrogen fixation in marine shipworms. Science 187 (4176): 551-552.

                        (with E.S. Carpenter)

1975         New approaches and techniques for studying bivalve larvae. pp. 257-271 in Smith, W. and M.Chanley (Eds.) Culture of Marine Invertebrate Animals. Plenum, New York, N.Y. 338 p. (with P.J. Boyle and R.D. Turner).

1974         Larval development of the giant scallop, Placopecten magellanicus (Gmelin) Biol. Bull. 147: 321-332.

1973         Settling of larval shipworms, Teredo navalis and Bankia gouldi, stimulated by humic material (Gelbstoff).  pp. 822-829 in Materials in the Sea: Proc. Third Intl. Congr. on Marine Corrosion and Fouling. Northwestern Univ. Press, Evanston. 1,031 p.

1973         The biologist's view of the Teredinidae and their control (with a documentary film on Teredo life history. pp. 83-87, Ibid. (with Ruth D. Turner).

1972         Cinemicrographic studies of crawling behavior in larval and juvenile bivalves. Bull. Amer. Malacological. Union (1971), p.29.

1971         Laboratory rearing of the larvae of the mahogany date mussel, Lithophaga bisulcata.  Bull. Mar. Sci. 21 (2): 591-602.

1971         Thoughts on National Parks (guest editorial). Bioscience 21 (16): 843.

1971         Some anatomical and life history studies of wood-boring bivalve systematics. Bull. Amer. Malacological Union (1970, pp. 65-66. (with R.D. Turner).

1970         Measurements of reactive phosphorus associated with pelagic Sargassum in the Northwest Sargasso Sea. Limnol. Oceanogr. 15 (2): 304-306. 

Publications - Reviews and Essays:


2007         Primeval Kailua (5 essays in a book-length work as yet untitled, commissioned by the Kailua Historical Society, Kailua, Hawai`i).

2000         The fractal self and the organization of nature: The Daoist sage and chaos theory. Asian Culture Quarterly 28 (3): 59-70. (with David Jones)

1998         Confucian order at the edge of chaos: The science of complexity and ancient wisdom. Zygon: The Journal of Science and Religion 33 (4): 395-404. (with David Jones)

1998         "Seal" and "Whale":  Articles for Encarta Reference Suite 99. Microsoft Corp. Bellevue, Washington.

1994         Book Reviews: (Stafford-Dietsch, J. Reef: A Safari Through the Coral World. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 1993.  Also, Taylor, L. Sharks of Hawaii: Their Biology and Cultural Significance. Univ. of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 1993) In: MANOA 6 (2): 271-274.

1992         Essay: "Hawaii at the Edge," pp.168-185, In: F. Stewart, (ed.) A World Between Waves. Island Press, Washington, D.C.

1989         Descriptive essays on Hawaii National Parks: "Haleakala" and "Hawaii Volcanoes," pp. 218-233, In: National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks of the United States. National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.    

Presentations (Past five years):

Feb., 2007: Losing Ground: Life and Times of Nihoa and Necker Islands,

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument. Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Bolinas, CA

July, 2006: Hawai`i in the Balance (invited public lecture). Hawai`i Conservation

Conference, Honolulu.

June, 2006: Losing Ground (see above). “After Dark at the Park” lecture series

(invited public lecture): Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hawai`i

Service (Past five years):

Member FPRC, College of Nat. Sciences, 2004-2007

Courses Routinely Taught at HPU (Past five years):

General Biology (majors course)

Marine Biology

Invertebrate Zoology

Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory

Hawaiian Natural History

Senior Seminar in Marine Biology


Description of Research Interests:

Philosophy and ecology of cooperation in nature

Environmental histories of tropical islands

Propagation of native Hawaiian plants

Marine invertebrate larval biology