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Hawaiʻi water research scholarship available

Applications are now being accepted for the L. Stephen Lau Water Research Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded in fall 2017. The award amount is $1,500. The scholarship was established with funds endowed to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa by L. Stephen Lau and Virginia May Lau of Honolulu. Lau is emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering at …

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HIMB to manage newly designated Heʻeia National Estuarine Research Reserve

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today a new National Estuarine Research Reserve, the 29th in the system, and the first in more than six years. Estuarine reserves protect a section of an estuary and provide a living laboratory to explore and understand the important areas where rivers meet the sea. The reserve will be managed in partnership with …

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Environmental science undergraduate students make new Hawaiʻi discoveries

Two undergraduate students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Global Environmental Science (GES) degree program have conducted original research on coral’s tolerance to changing ocean conditions and the vulnerability of human communities in Hawaiʻi to inundation from projected sea level rise—contributing new knowledge to their respective fields. Can coral adapt to ocean acidification? Mia Delano, a senior in the …

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Make the Ala Wai Awesome challenge now accepting applications

The University of Hawaiʻi Ala Wai Watershed Student Design Challenge is now accepting applications from students of all ages. The brightest student minds at UH and beyond are invited to Make the Ala Wai Awesome! The student teams are challenged to imagine a comprehensive, systems-thinking approach toward watershed management from mauka to makai (from the mountains to the sea). The …

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UH faculty featured in President’s speaker series at Maui and Hawaiʻi

The University of Hawaiʻi invites the community to an series of talks featuring outstanding faculty. The President’s Series will take place at UH Maui College’s ʻIke Leʻa (Room 144) and at Hawaiʻi Community College–Pālamanui outdoor theatre. Chip Fletcher Will your property be beachfront in the future? A discussion of climate impacts in Hawaiʻi UH Maui College: Monday, January 9 5 …

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Manganese nodules as breeding ground for deep-sea octopods

Manganese nodules on the seabed are an important breeding ground for deep-sea octopods in some regions of the Pacific Ocean. As reported by a German-American team of scientists in the journal Current Biology, the octopods deposit their eggs onto sponges that only grow locally on manganese nodules. The researchers observed the previously unknown octopod species during diving expeditions in the …

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HURL completes banner year of dives on a tight budget

The deep sea is a dark, cold, remote place—yet many Earth processes, and likely the origin of life itself, occur uniquely there. Few have been able to study its wonders in person. The Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory(HURL) based at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) maintains two of the last manned …

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Sonia Rowley wins Sir David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork

Sonia J. Rowely, post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, received the prestigious Sir David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork from the Systematics Association and the Linnean Society of London. Rowley’s work was selected based on her project entitled “Exploration and Systematics of Twilight Reef Gorgonian Corals at Pakin Atoll.” …

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Scientists drill deep to gain insights into East African climate history

Researchers from all over the world gathered in November at a beautiful but unassuming volcanic lake in East Africa with the hope of uncovering its hidden record of the climate history so intimately involved in the development of our species. In collaboration with the International Continental Scientific Drilling Programme (ICDP), an international team of Earth scientists, including postdoctoral researcher Christian …

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Milutin Milankovic Medal awarded to climate researcher Axel Timmermann

Axel Timmermann, researcher at the International Pacific Research Centerat the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been selected by the European Geosciences Union to receive the 2017 Milutin Milanković Medal. The Milanković Medal is conferred on climate scientists who are recognized for “outstanding research in long term climatic changes and modeling.” Timmermann certainly fits the bill, with his research ranging …

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