Ocean & Earth Sciences

Microbiology expert wins $1M, plans to transform biology education

Margaret McFall-Ngai

Margaret McFall-Ngai, director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻiat Mānoa, has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) professorship grant. HHMI professors are accomplished research scientists who are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. With this honor, McFall-Ngai will receive $1 million over five years to develop innovative approaches to …

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Director of NOAA lab to join UH Mānoa as oceanography professor

Chris Sabine teaching an ocean acidification class

Chris Sabine will join the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as a professor in the Department of Oceanography on January 2, 2018. He is currently the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, one of the premier government laboratories in marine sciences. Sabine’s research emphasis is on the role of the ocean in …

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There’s a deeper fish in the sea

A CT scan of the Mariana snailfish. The green shape, a small crustacean, is seen in the snailfish’s stomach. Image credit: Adam Summers/University of Washington

The ocean’s deepest fish doesn’t look like it could survive in harsh conditions thousands of feet below the surface. Instead of giant teeth and a menacing frame, the fishes that roam the deepest parts of the ocean are small, translucent, bereft of scales—highly adept at living where few other organisms can. Meet the deepest fish in the ocean, a new …

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UH Mānoa researcher honored for clean energy education and empowerment

Nicole Lautze receiving C3E award

Nicole Lautze, a researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was recently honored with the 2017 Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Education Award. This C3EAward recognizes the outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements of mid-career women working to advance clean energy throughout the nation. C3E is a program of the Clean Energy Ministerial, representing 25 major-economy governments accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies and policies. …

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UH scientists sign second warning notice to humanity

Coral reef

Fifty scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi are among the more than 15,000 scientists who signed the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice. The warning comes on the 25th anniversary of the first warning document. In 1992 scientists wrote that humanity was pushing Earth’s ecosystems too far and that fundamental changes were needed “if vast human misery is to be avoided.” …

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Developing shellfish farming opportunities

Shellfish in basket

The University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program received $149,972 to develop new opportunities in shellfish farming for Hawaiʻi and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands. It was among 18 Sea Grant programs around the country to receive funding from NOAA Sea Grant to advance the development of a sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the United States. The 32 projects were funded a total of $9.3 million …

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T. rex’s small arms were built for slashing

Artist’s rendering of savage T. rex. Credit: Steve Stanley.

Tyrannosaurus rex may have had small arms, but it was no pushover. For more than a century, many paleontologists have viewed the small arms of T. rex as having been vestigial—features left over from evolutionary past, but no longer useful. At over three feet long, these arms were not as tiny as often portrayed, and their traits indicate that they were actually well-adapted for …

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UH Sea Level Center expands forecasts with new federal funding

High sea level in Waikīkī. Credit: Hawaiʻi Sea Grant King Tides Project.

Over the next three years, the Sea Level Center in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technologyat the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and its partners will receive more than $5 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office in the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research line for sea level rise research. One aspect of the new funding supports Multi-Model Seasonal Sea Level Forecasts for the U.S. …

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UH Mānoa professor named 2017 American Geophysical Union Fellow

SOEST logo

Murli Manghnani, a professor in the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) at the University of Hawaiʻiat Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union(AGU). Manghnani, who joined the HIGP in 1963, has made impressive contributions in the field of high pressure-high temperature mineral physics, with a focus on the structure and transformation of minerals deep …

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UH Mānoa scientists investigate aquatic viruses with $6M grant

Transmission electron micrographs of viruses

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanographers Grieg Steward and Kyle Edwards, as part of a research team from four universities, received a $6 million grant to investigate how the information encoded in the genomes of viruses alters the properties of cells and influences the outcome of viral infections. The four-year project is supported by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). This collaboration is among …

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