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New imaging technique reveals vulnerability of coral reefs

Nyssa Silbiger conducting filed work.

Corals, the primary reef builders on coral reefs, are often the star player in research studies addressing the impacts of climate change on coral reefs because they are the foundation of coral reef ecosystems. However, the breakdown of coral reefs from borers (such as bivalves, sponges, and marine worms) and grazers (such as parrotfish and urchins)—called bioerosion—and growth from encrusting ...

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Piggybacking viruses

Katie Barott filtering water for microbial counts on the ship in the Line Islands. (photo by: Forest Rohwer)

In the microscopic life that thrives around coral reefs, a team of researchers, including Katie Barott, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, have discovered an interplay between viruses and microbes that defies conventional wisdom. As the density of microbes rises in an ecosystem, the number of viruses infecting those microbes rises with ...

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[VIDEO] School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology receives new marine facility

Brian Taylor, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology Dean; Senator Lorraine Inouye; Darrell Young, Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation Harbors Division Deputy Director; Kahu Hailama Farden perform the ceremonial untying of the maile lei at the new facility at Pier 35. (photo from the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) received the ceremonial key to its new marine facility at Pier 35 today from the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation. The transportation department along with elected officials and UH representatives conducted a blessing and ceremony to formally convey the newly renovated Pier 35 facility ...

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Bronze bell recovered from World War II aircraft-carrying submarine off Oahu coast

HURL submersibles recovered the I-400 bronze bell. Credit: UH/ HURL.

During a test dive last week, the Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) recovered a bronze bell from the I-400—a World War II-era Imperial Japanese Navy mega-submarine, lost since 1946 when it was intentionally sunk by U.S. forces after its capture. Longer than a football field at 400 feet, the I-400 was known as a “Sen-Toku” class submarine—the largest submarine ever built until ...

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Four new algae species discovered in Hawaiʻi’s deep waters

Ulva ohiohilulu, collected at 307 feet depth from south Maui. (photo credit: Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory)

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi botany department and Friday Harbor Laboratorieshave discovered and described four new algal species from Hawaiʻi’s mesophotic coral ecosystems. The new species (Ulva ohiohilulu, Ulva iliohaha, Umbraulva kuaweuweu, and Umbraulva kaloakulau) are part of a group commonly known as sea lettuces. Sea lettuces are not well described in mesophotic environments (100–500 feet deep), but are known from shallow waters worldwide. This ...

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Helping Hawaiʻi prepare for coastal hazards aim of NOAA grant

Shoreline erosion, North Shore of Oʻahu

To help Hawaiʻi communities reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change, NOAA’s National Ocean Service awarded the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) $845,160 in grant funding through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program. Hawaiʻi is particularly vulnerable to coastal hazards. Since the state is heavily reliant on tourism, and most of the development and infrastructure in Hawaiʻi are ...

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Disaster preparedness the focus of Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana conference

Infrared images from NOAA’s GOFS and IMA’s MTSAT geostationary satellites. For each of the 15 tropical cyclones this season, a daily image was extracted from the period when the cyclone was active in the Central North Pacific basin.

On Wednesday, March 16, the University of Hawaiʻi, a member of the Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana (PRiMO), will be co-hosting a free community event on disaster preparedness at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center from 3:30 to 7 p.m. In addition to expert speakers on topics related to insurance, climate adaptation and making cities more resilient, there will be many displays, demonstrations and activities for ...

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SOEST researcher recognized with National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Dr. Bin Chen

Bin Chen, assistant researcher in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. As the most prestigious award for junior faculty from NSF, it is bestowed on teacher-scholars performing outstanding research and classroom education at the university level. Chen will be awarded $570,000 over a ...

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Coral reef society honors UH Mānoa professor

Mark Hixon surveys a patch reef at Hanauma Bay. (photo by Jeff Kuwabara)

Mark Hixon, the Sidney and Erica Hsiao Endowed Chair in Marine Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been recognized as a first-cohort fellow of the International Society for Reef Studies for “scientific achievement and service over a significant period of time.” A professor in the Department of Biology, Hixon’s research has been valuable for both conserving and ...

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