Home / Ocean & Earth Sciences

Ocean & Earth Sciences

SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge celebrates ocean and earth science graduates

Spring 2016 Maile Mentoring Bridge graduates, mentors and administrators from UH Mānoa and Kapiʻolani CC, photo courtesy of Chip Fletcher

The SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge program strives to recruit and retain Native Hawaiian and kamaʻāina undergraduates in ocean, earth and environmental science degree programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at MānoaSchool of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). In May, the first cohort of Maile students—Charles “Aka” Beebe, Kanani, Lhiberty Pagaduan and Diamond Tachera—earned bachelor’s degrees with the support ...

Read More »

Law professor selected as Washington D.C. public policy fellow


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Maxine Burkett of the William S. Richardson School of Law has been selected as a Public Policy Fellow this summer at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. The center is considered one of the top 10 think tanks in the world. Burkett has also just been appointed to the new ...

Read More »

[VIDEO] Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation opens its doors

Hawaiian lang translation_310x165

“Mahi ʻIke Hawaiʻi: Cultivate Hawaiian Knowledge” is the motto of the new Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation (IHLRT) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The new institute is led by Puakea Nogelmeier, a professor of Hawaiian language, and is an invaluable resource for anyone in the state and beyond to find and utilize historical Hawaiian knowledge. There ...

Read More »

Invasive algae clean up honors Isabella Abbott

Volunteers at Waikīkī reef clean up, photo from the Waikīkī Aquarium Facebook

In honor of what would have been Professor Emerita Isabella Abbott’s 97th birthday, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Celia Smith, professor of botany, led an invasive algae clean up at the Waikīkī Aquarium on June 20. This year’s clean up gathered about 45 volunteers including UH students and community members to learn about invasive seaweeds and remove them from the ...

Read More »

NOAA continues to support coastal and ocean observing in the Pacific Islands

PacIOOS provides easily accessible ocean observation and forecasting data.

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) was awarded more than $2.75 million in competitive grant funding through NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The funding is for the first year of a five-year cooperative agreement to enhance and sustain coastal and ocean observing efforts throughout the U.S. Pacific Islands region. PacIOOS is based within the School of Ocean and ...

Read More »

Good bacteria vital to coral reef survival

Bleached and unbleached coral. Credit: Raphael Ritson-Williams.

Scientists say good bacteria could be the key to keeping coral healthy, able to withstand the impacts of global warming and to secure the long-term survival of reefs worldwide. “Healthy corals interact with complex communities of beneficial microbes or ‘good bacteria’,” says Tracy Ainsworth from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University who led ...

Read More »

[VIDEO] Coral reef experts bridge science to public policy

ICRS video screen capture

Experts say the world’s coral reefs are in severe decline. Coral bleaching reached historic levels over the last several years. This important ecological, economical and cultural resource is at risk. That is why about 2,500 delegates including three Pacific heads of state met in Hawaiʻi in June for the 13thInternational Coral Reef Symposium. The meeting’s convener, the University of Hawaiʻi ...

Read More »

New analysis reveals large-scale motion around San Andreas Fault System

Aerial view of San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain, 8,500 ft. altitude. (credit: Ikluft/Wikimedia)

An array of GPS instruments near the San Andreas Fault System in Southern California detects constant motion of Earth’s crust—sometimes large, sudden motion during an earthquake and often subtle, creeping motion. By carefully analyzing the data recorded by the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory’s GPS array researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University of Washington and Scripps Institution of ...

Read More »

Explore world’s deepest ocean trench with live feed from expedition

Left: A beautiful stalked crinoid, likely Proisocrinus ruberrimus (credit: NOAA OOER) . Right: An anemone living on a manganese-encrusted rock. (credit: NOAA.).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin the third of three cruise legs to explore the deepest oceanic trench on the planet, the Marianas Trench in the western Pacific. Leg 3 will take place June 16–July 10, as the exploration team maps and explores the northern part of the the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument and ...

Read More »

[VIDEO] UH playing important role in NASA coral study


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology is playing a significant role in NASA’s Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory, a 15-million dollar three-year field study of Earth’s coral reef ecosystems announced in June 2016. A sophisticated new NASA airborne instrument called PRISM will fly at 28,000 feet and survey reefs at multiple locations from Hawaiʻi to Australia. ...

Read More »