Published research and writing on conservation science, biodiversity, natural history, and the environment





Published research and writing on conservation science, biodiversity, natural history, and the environment

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

*Denotes student mentee
†Denotes shared first authorship


van Rees, C.B., Chambers, M., Buhr, D., Mansur, A., Suedel, B., and Nibbelink, N. in prep. A Conceptual Model for Multi-criterion Spatial Prioritization of Levee Setbacks.

McKay, S.K., Wenger, S.J., van Rees, C.B., Bledsoe, B.P., and Bridges, T.S. in review. Jointly advancing infrastructure and biodiversity conservation. Nature Sustainability.


24. van Rees, C.B., Jumani, S., Abera, L., Rack, L., McKay, S.K., and Wenger, S.J. 2023. The potential for nature-based solutions to combat the freshwater biodiversity crisis. PLoS Water 2(6): e0000126.

23. Paxton, A.H., Paxton, K.L., Kawasaki, M.T., Gorresen, P.M., van Rees, C.B., Underwood, J.G. 2023. Hawaiian waterbird movement across a developed landscape. The Journal of Wildlife Management 87(1): e22336.

22. Burgio, K.R., Davis, K.E., Dreiss, L.M., Cisneros, L.M., Klingbeil, B.T., Preseley, S.J., van Rees, C.B., and Willig, M.R. 2022. Integrating multiple dimensions of biodiversity to inform global parrot conservation. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 45(2): 189-202.

21. van Rees, C.B., Naslund, L., Hernandez-Abrams, D.D., McKay, S.K., Woodson, C.B., Rosemond, A., McFall, B., Altman, S., and Wenger, S.J. 2022. A Holistic Monitoring Approach for Natural Infrastructure. Science of the Total Environment 832 155078.

20. van Rees, C.B., Hand, B.K., Bargeron, C., Carter, S.C. et al., 2022. A Framework to Integrate Innovations in Invasion Biology Science for Proactive Management. Biological Reviews 97: 1712-1735.

19. van Rees, C.B., Elphick, C.S., and Reed, J.M. 2022. Evaluating the potential de-listing of two endangered Hawaiian waterbirds using population viability analysis and Bayesian hierarchical models. Avian Conservation and Ecology 17: 29-43.

18. *†Howard, L., †van Rees, C.B., Dahlquist, Z., Luikart, G., and Hand, B.K. 2022. A Review of Invasive Species Reporting Apps for Citizen Science and Opportunities for Innovation. NeoBiota 71: 165-188.

17. *Carter, S.C., van Rees, C.B. Hand, B.K., Muhlfeld, C. et al. 2021. Testing a generalizable machine learning workflow for aquatic invasive species on Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Northwest Montana. Frontiers in Big Data 4.

16. †Leigh, D.M., †van Rees, C.B., Milette, K.L., et al. 2021. Opportunities and challenges of macrogenetic studies. Nature Reviews Genetics 22(12): 791-807..

15. van Rees, C.B., Aragonés, D., Bouten, W., Bustamente, J., and Green, A.J. 2021. Dynamic space use of Andalusian rice fields by Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) is driven by flooding pattern. IBIS 163(4): 1252-1270.

14. Paz-Vinas, I., Jensen, E.L., Bertola, L.D., Breed, M.F., Hand, B.K., Hunter, M.E., Kershaw F., Leigh D.M., Luikart, G., Mergeay, J., Miller, J.M., van Rees, C.B., Segelbacher, G., Hoban, S. 2021. Macro-genetic studies must not ignore limitations of genetic markers and scale. Ecology Letters 24(6): 1282-1284.

13. van Rees, C.B., Muñoz, M.A., Cooke, S.C., and Reed, J.M. 2021. Morphometric differences in an isolated, island-endemic subspecies of the Common gallinule (Gallinula galeata). Pacific Science 74(4): 345-364.

12. van Rees, C.B., Jähnig, S.C., et al., 2021. Safeguarding Freshwater Life Beyond 2020: Recommendations for the new Global Biodiversity Framework from the European Experience. Conservation Letters 14(1): e12771.

11. Gormally, B.M.G., van Rees, C.B., Bowers, E., Reed, J.M., and Romero, L.M. 2020. Feather corticosterone does not correlate with environmental stressors or body condition in an endangered waterbird. Conservation Physiology 8(1): coaa125.

10. van Rees, C.B., Surya, G., and Reed, J.M. 2020. Multiple Sources of Evidence for density dependence in the endangered Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudsenii). Population Ecology 62: 207-219.

9. van Rees, C.B., Rozek, J.C., Garcia, G., and J.M. Reed 2019. Ecological Stakeholder Analogs as intermediaries between freshwater biodiversity conservation and sustainable water management. Environmental Policy and Governance 29.4: 303-312.

8. Cooke, S.C., Haskell, L.E., van Rees, C.B., and Fessl, B. 2019. A Review of the Introduced Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) in Galápagos. Biological Conservation 229:38-49.

7. van Rees, C.B. 2018. Wetland conservation in Hawaii and the need for flagship species. `Elepaio 78: 37-41.

6. van Rees, C.B. and J.M. Reed. 2018. The potential effects of habitat connectivity, management and sea level rise on the extinction risk of an endangered waterbird in a fragmented island landscape. PeerJ 6: e4990.

5. van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J.G., and S.A. Sonsthagen 2018. Landscape genetics implicates stream and drainage infrastructure as corridors in the dispersal of an endangered wetland bird. Ecology and Evolution 8: 8328-8343.

4. van Rees, C.B., et al. 2018. Estimation of vital rates for the Hawaiian gallinule, a cryptic, endangered waterbird. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 9:117-131.

3. van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.S., Underwood J.G., and S.A. Sonsthagen. 2018. Small-scale genetic structure in an endangered wetland specialist: possible effects of landscape change and population recovery. Conservation Genetics 19:129-142.

2. van Rees, C.B. and J.M. Reed 2015. Water Diplomacy from a Duck’s Perspective: Wildlife and Ecosystems as stakeholders in Water Management. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education 155:28-42.

1. van Rees, C.B. and J.M. Reed 2014. Wetland Loss in Hawai`i since human settlement. Wetlands 32:335-350.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

2. van Rees, C.B., Rozek, J.C., and Garcia, G. 2019. Confronting the Natural Domain: Strategies for Addressing Ecology and Conservation in Complex Water Management Challenges. In: Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Water Diplomacy: Problem-Driven Research and Practice. (Islam, S. and Smith, K., Eds.). Routledge Press.

1. Burgio, K.R., van Rees, C.B., Block, K.E., Pyle, P., Patten, M.A., Spreyer, M.F. and E.H. Bucher 2016. Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), In: The Birds of North America (P.G. Rodewald, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Other Publications & Popular Press

van Rees, C.B. 2022. Perspectives from the Global South inform and affirm the contemporary river conservation paradigm: A commentary on Feio et al. Global Change Biology, Online Early View.

van Rees, C.B. and Kawasaki, M.T. 2020. Restoring Hawaii’s wetlands is caring for our history, culture. Honolulu Star Advertiser, February 2020.

Reilly, E. and van Rees, C.B. 2018. Urban wetlands play key role in sustaining communities. Honolulu Star Advertiser, January 2018.

Creech, T., McClure, M., and van Rees, C.B. 2018. A Conservation Prioritization Tool for the Missouri Headwaters Basin. Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Bozeman, MT.

van Rees, C.B. 2017. Disney Conservation Fund Grant to Protect Endangered `Alae `Ula. Kolea 67:9. Conservation Council for Hawaii.

van Rees, C.B. 2015. Kokua needed to track the elusive `Alae `Ula. Kolea 65:5. Conservation Council for Hawaii.