Peter T. Oboyski


in the field on Moorea


PhD. University of California, Berkeley, August 2011
MS. Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, June 1996
BS. University of Connecticut, Storrs CT, June 1991

Research Interests

Lepidoptera (moths); Island Biogeography; Systematics

Research Description

Most of my work revolves around Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) on Pacific Islands. I am particularly interested in the evolutionary histories, biogeography, ecology, and conservation of "microlepidoptera" (small moths) in the Hawaiian Islands, Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, and several other Pacific archipelagos. Visit my website for more information.

Selected Publications

Ball-Damerow, J. E., P. T. Oboyski, et al. (2015). "California dragonfly and damselfly (Odonata) database: temporal and spatial distribution of species records collected over the past century." ZooKeys 482: 67-89.

Banko PC, Oboyski PT, Slotterback JW, et al. 2002. Availability of food resources, distribution of invasive species, and conservation of a Hawaiian bird along a gradient of elevation. Journal of Biogeography 29(5-6):789-808 (pdf)

Brenner GJ, Oboyski PT, Banko PC. 2002. Parasitism of Cydia spp. (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) on Sophora chrysophylla (Fabaceae) along an elevation gradient of dry subalpine forest on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 78(2):101-109 (pdf)

Oboyski PT, Slotterback JW, Banko PC. 2004. Differential parasitism of seed-feeding Cydia (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) by native and alien wasp species relative to elevation in subalpine Sophora (Fabaceae) forests on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Journal of Insect Conservation 8(2-3): 229- 240 (pdf)

Paynter, Q, Gourlay AH, Oboyski PT, Fowler SV, Hill RL, Withers TM, Parish H, and Hona S. 2008. Why did specificity testing fail to predict the field host-range of the gorse pod moth in New Zealand? Biological Control 46:453-462 (pdf)

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Presentation, ESPM Graduate Research Symposium, UC Berkeley, 2007

Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation, 2nd place, Hawaii Conservation Conference, 2006

Walker Fund for systematics research in entomology, UC Berkeley, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley, 2003-2004

Freitag Memorial Award,  UC Berkeley, 2003-2004

GK-12 Teaching Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2003-2004

Entomology Students Organization, President, UC Berkeley, 2003-2004

Graduate Assembly, Delegate, UC Berkeley, 2003-2004

DeWind Award (Xerces Society award) 2003

Magy Award, UC Berkeley, 2002-2003

Keen Award, UC Berkeley, 2001-2002

Recent Teaching

Lecturer  - ES196 Environmental Science Senior Thesis

GSI - ESPM140 General Entomology

GSI - ESPM107 Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands


Lepidoptera of French Polynesia

Hawaiian Insect-Plant Database

Tortricidae (Lepidoptera) of Hawaii

Matrix Converter to convert matrix data to columns

Macrophotography Gallery

Contact Information


Office: 1170 Valley Life Science Building

Office Phone: 510-643-0804


Curriculum Vitae


Research Group(s)

Mailing Address

Dept of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
UC Berkeley
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720