Peter Oboyski

Collections Manager & Senior Museum Scientist

1101 Valley Life Science Building #4780
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-4780



I received my BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut and my MS in Entomology at Oregon State University. I then spent five years in Hawaii with the USGS Biological Resources Division studying the diets of rare birds and the seasonal distribution of exotic ants, yellowjackets, and parasitoid wasps. I received my PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, working on the systematics, evolution, and ecology of Hawaiian Cydia (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).

Research Interests

My research interests include the biogeography, systematics, and evolution of Lepidoptera on remote oceanic islands, in particular the Hawaiian Islands and French Polynesia (website). I am also interested in trophic relationships including insect-plant and host-parasitoid interactions.

Selected Publications

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.
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.
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.
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.