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CTAHR scientists create new app to track papaya virus and GE papaya

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Scot Nelson and Richard Manshardt, scientists with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, have created a new citizen science app for iOS and Android users that tracks what they believe to be the declining incidence of papaya ringspot virus (PRSV) in the Honolulu area—as well as a possible increase in the incidence of PRSV-resistant genetically engineered (GE) papayas. ... Read More »

Scientists chart seafloor of one of the largest marine protected areas on Earth

Falkor mapping control room

On April 11, scientists returned from a 36-day mapping expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The Monument is the largest protected area in the United States, encompassing an area greater than all its national parks combined, yet over half its seafloor has never been mapped in detail due to the limited availability of the advanced sonar systems required. ... Read More »

Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought

Kapiolani Park, Waikiki

The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. But Chris Lepczyk, an associate professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at UH Mānoa, is a contributor to a new study showing that surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments—to the tune ... Read More »

Endangered language researchers awarded national grants

Girls with mats in traditional dance

Two University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa projects to preserve endangered languages were awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. These two projects were the only awards in the current round of National Endowment for the Humanities funding to be granted in the state of Hawaiʻi. See the National Endowment for the Humanities news release for more information. Making Pacific Languages Discoverable ... Read More »

Environmental issues of the Mariana Islands

Dr. Michael Hadfield, Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua, and Austin J. Shelton III

The Kewalo Marine Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH) this week hosted a discussion about environmental issues of the Mariana Islands. Austin Shelton, coordinator of the Humåtak Project, shared his experiences with coastal community ecosystem revival efforts that began in Humåtak, Guam after fishermen realized wildland fires and poor land-use practices were to blame for a decrease ... Read More »

“Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives” — Pacific Asian Studies research conference

Asami Nago

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies’ (SPAS) 2014 Graduate Student Conference is titled “Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives: Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Lens.” The conference was held at UH Mānoa’s Center for Korean Studies from April 2-4. Here are a few highlights from UH Mānoa student research that was presented: ... Read More »

Tsunami forecaster Kwok Fai Cheung featured by National Sea Grant

Tsunami wave

Kwok Fai Cheung, a UH Sea Grant funded researcher and professor of ocean and resources engineering at UH Mānoa, was recently highlighted by the NOAA National Sea Grant Office as part of their Tsunami Preparedness Week spotlight series. With funding from Hawaii Sea Grant, Cheung has developed tsunami forecast methodology and a tsunami inundation model. While he has known he ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Crew cohesion focus of second Mars simulation mission

HI-SEAS Mission 2 Crew

A new space odyssey began tonight as the six crew members of the new Hawai‘i Space Exploration and Analog Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission entered their remote habitat on the first night of a four-month-long journey. Under a dark night sky on Mauna Loa, commander Casey Stedman closed the simulated air lock behind the crew, sealing the habitat and cutting off all ... Read More »

Moth lineage provides a key to species diversification

Hyposmocoma caterpillar casings

To many, moths are just the dull relatives of butterflies that often startle us in the dark. But for UH Mānoa junior researcher William Haines, former junior researcher Patrick Schmitz and professor Daniel Rubinoff, these fascinating creatures provide insights into Hawai‘i’s ancient, vanished ecosystems. The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources entomologists published their findings in an article, “Ancient diversification ... Read More »

Investigating effects of military munitions disposed of off Pearl Harbor

HUMMA project investigator

On March 29, a full array of state-of-the-art technologies including several owned and operated by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) will be used in the latest phase of an Army-funded research effort to further investigate sea-disposed military munitions. This research will take place south of Pearl Harbor at an area designated by ... Read More »

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