Hawaii Biological Survey Staff

K.A. Hayes

Kenneth A. Hayes, Ph.D.

Director Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity
Curator of Invertebrate Zoology

phone: 808-847-8217
fax: 808-847-8252
email: kenneth.hayes[at]bishopmuseum.org


  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu.
  • M.S., Zoology, University of South Florida, Tampa.
  • B.S., Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa.

Research Interests

  • Evolution, systematics, and conservation of invertebrates, particularly molluscs and understudied groups such as tardigrades, polychaetes, flatworms, and nematodes
  • Molecular and phylogenomic approaches for biodiversity discovery and analyses.
  • Long term preservation of tissue and gDNA samples from plants and animals for the purposes of long-term conservation studies
  • Use of natural history collections for informing research into conservation, disease ecology and climate change.

Field Work and Museum Studies

  • Extensive field and survey work in the Hawaiian Islands, Australia, Extensive field and survey work in the Hawaiian Islands, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, and the mainland USA (primarily SE USA). Limited field work and studies on other Pacific Islands, the United Kingdom, and China.
  • Museum studies in the mainland USA and Hawaii, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, China, and Japan.

Professional Experience

  • Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Bishop Museum (2019-present)
  • Director of the Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity, Bishop museum (2018-present)
  • Invertebrate Molecular Biologist, Bishop Museum (2017-2019)
  • Assistant Professor of Invertebrate Evolutionary Biology, Howard University (2013-2018)
  • Cooperating Graduate Faculty, Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, Entomology, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2012-2015)
  • Associate in Science, Malacology, Bishop Museum (2012-2017)
  • Research Collaborator, Smithsonian Institution, US National Museum of Natural History (2010-present)
  • Affiliate Assistant Research Professor, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2015-present)
  • Assistant Research Professor, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2010-2014)

Selected Publications

Hayes, K.A. 2021. Taxonomic shortcuts lead to long delays in species discovery, delineation, and identification. Biological Invasions doi.org/10.1007/s10530-020-02438-8.

Hayes, K.A., J. Slapcinsky, D.R. Sischo, J.R. Kim, and N.W. Yeung. 2020. The last known Endodonta species? Endodonta christenseni sp. nov. (Gastropoda: Endodontidae). Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 138: 1-15.

Yeung, N.W., J. Slapcinsky, E.E. Strong, J.R. Kim, and K.A. Hayes. 2020. Overlooked but not forgotten: the first new extant species of Hawaiian land snail described in 60 years, Auriculella gagneorum sp. nov. (Achatinellidae, Auriculellinae). ZooKeys 950: 1-31 doi:10.3897/zookeys.950.50669.

Sun, J., H. Mu, J.C.H., Ip*, R. Li, T. Xu, A. Accorsi, A. Alvarado, E. Ross, Y. Lan, Y. Sun, A. Castro-Vazquez, I.A. Vega, H. Heras, S. Ituarte, B. Van Bocxlaer, K.A. Hayes, R.H. Cowie, Z. Zhao, Y. Zhang, P-Y, Qian and J-W. Qiu. 2019. Signatures of divergence, invasiveness and terrestralization revealed by four apple snail genomes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 36: 1507-1520 doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msz084.

Hayes, K.A., R.L. Burks, A. Castro-Vazquez, P.C. Darby, H. Heras, P.R. Martín, J.-W. Qiu, S.C. Thiengo, I.A. Vega, T. Wada, Y. Yusa, S. Burela, M.P. Cadierno, J.A. Cueto, F.A. Dellagnola, M.S. Dreon, M.V. Frassa, M. Giraud-Billoud, M.S. Godoy, S. Ituarte, E. Koch, K. Matsukura, M.Y Pasquevich, C. Rodriguez, L. Saveanu, M.E. Seuffert, E.E. Strong, J. Sun, N.E. Tamburi, M.J. Tiecher, R.L. Turner, P.L. Valentine-Darby and R.H. Cowie. 2015. Insights from an integrative view of the biology of apple snails (Caenogastropoda: Ampullariidae). Malacologia 58:245-302 (Invited Review)

Hayes, K.A., R.H. Cowie, S.C. Thiengo and E.E. Strong. 2012. Comparing apples to apples: clarifying the identities of two highly invasive Neotropical Ampullariidae (Caenogastropoda). Zoological Journal of Linnean Society 166:723-753.

Hayes, K.A., N.W. Yeung, J.R. Kim* and R.H. Cowie. 2012. New records of alien Gastropoda in the Hawaiian Islands: 1996-2010. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 112:21-28.

Hayes, K.A., R.H. Cowie and S.C. Thiengo. 2009. A global phylogeny of apple snails: Gondwanan origin, generic relationships, and the influence of outgroup choice (Caenogastropoda: Ampullariidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 98:61-76.

Hayes, K.A., R.H. Cowie, A. Jørgensen, R. Schultheiß, C. Albrecht and S.C. Thiengo. 2009. Molluscan models in evolutionary biology: Apple snails (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae) as a system for addressing fundamental questions. American Malacological Bulletin 27(1/2):47-58.

Hayes, K.A. and S.A. Karl. 2009. Phylogenetic relationships of crown conchs (Melongena spp.): the corona complex simplified. Journal of Biogeography 36:28-38.

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