UOG Reseach to the Rescue

Watch a Pacific News Center video report about our efforts to protect our islands from the coconut rhino beetle.


Western Pacific Tropical Research Center 2014 Impact Report

We are featured in the WPTRC 2014 Impact Report. We have been working behind the scenes and are excited about the new things that we will be producing in the near future. Keep in touch with us to learn about the exciting new developments coming soon!

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Presentation about the PEP Programs on June 12, 2014, 3:30 pm

An introduction to the Plant Extinction Prevention Programs in Hawaii and Guam

The Guam Plant Extinction Prevention Program (GPEPP) is pleased to welcome a team from the Hawaii Plant Extinction Prevention Program (HPEPP) this weekend. The team will conduct a week-long training to help develop strategies to prevent Guam’s rare plants from going extinct.  Guam is thankful for this unique training opportunity. 

We would like to invite those interested to a presentation about the PEP Programs at the University of Guam, School of Business and Public Administration, Anthony Leon Guerrero, Room #129 on Thursday, June 12 from 3:30 PM until 5:00 PM.

Presently, Hawaii is home to 235 ‘PEP species’, which are species that have fewer than 50 plants remaining in the wild. The Hawaii PEP Program is a project of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit at the University of Hawaii and works collaboratively with landowners and government agencies statewide to protect Hawaii’s rarest plants. This training is funded by the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Private and State Forestry Grant, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife.  

About the PEP program and its partners

The Guam PEP Program was initiated through a collaboration of the University of Guam, College of Natural and Applied Sciences and the Forestry & Soil Division of the Department of Agriculture with the Hawaii PEP Program. At the moment, the Guam PEP Program receives funding primarily from the U.S. Forest Service State-Private Stewardship grant. Guam PEP is pleased to announce their new partner, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The new funding will allow us to work on more PEP species.

GPEPP values public input and participation. We hope to share knowledge and find ways to protect our rarest plants in the Mariana Islands.  We are also looking to develop local and regional partnerships that encourage shared responsibility for protected species management and recovery, which could help reduce the risk of extinction of many of these species. We welcome your participation.


About the Guam Rare Plant Restoration Group

The Guam Rare Plant Restoration Group is a group of Guam native plant specialists whose expertise is used to review program objectives, provide recommendations, and follow up with the GPEPP progress, and acts as GPEPP’s advisory committee.


About the PEP mission

The Guam PEP Program is an island-wide program dedicated to preventing the extinction of Guam’s rarest plant species that have fewer than 200 individuals remaining in the wild by working with conservation partners to protect wild populations, preserve their genes off-site, and reintroduce plants to their natural habitat.


About PEP work

GPEPP wants to reverse the trend toward extinction by managing wild plants, collecting seeds and vegetative propagules and establishing new populations. At the moment, GPEPP is setting up a seed storage facility, a tissue culture lab, and rare plant nurseries.


About Håyun lågu, a PEP species 

Serianthes nelsonii or Håyun lågu is one of the largest endemic trees in the Marianas but only one tree survives in Guam. Serianthes nelsonii is listed as Endangered on the Red Data List for Plants, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Endangered Species List, and the Guam Endangered Species List. At the moment, GPEPP is focusing its work on this species.



Else Demeulenaere, Guam Plant Extinction Prevention Coordinator

Office: 671-735-2129



Joan Yoshioka, Hawaii Plant Extinction Prevention Program Coordinator
Office: 808-974-4388




Four new field guides available for download

We have released the first four field guides for Cyathea lunulata, Syzgium thompsonii, Serianthes nelsonii, and Zehneria guamensis.

These are double-sided half-page field guides that you can take with you on the field. They have pictures that will help you identify plants around Guam.

On the bottom of each field guide, you will find a QR code that you can use with your smartphone to connect to the web page containing more information regarding your plant.

Right-click on the links and select "download file" from the popup menu.

Field guide for Cyathea lunulata

Field guide for Syzgium thompsonii

Field guide for Serianthes nelsonii

Field guide for Zehneria guamensis

Note: These files can be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 and later. Please check to see if you have the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader. 

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Guam Plant Extinction Prevention Program brochure and poster now available for download!

We have finished producing a brochure and a poster for use in your organization. Enjoy!

GPEP Brochure (4.6 MB)

GPEP Poster (14.4 MB)

Right-click on the links and select "download file" from the popup menu.

Note: These files can be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 and later. Please check to see if you have the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader. 

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