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President Lassner signs to support the Paris Agreement

University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner signed the open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement from U.S. state, local, higher education, and business leaders in response to President Donald Trump’s June 1 announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. The letter reads: We, the undersigned mayors, governors, college and university leaders …

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Reef fish sustainability off West Hawaiʻi Island

Jennifer Wong-Ala, a 2017 spring graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Global Environmental Science (GES) degree program, conducted original research to determine how biological and physical factors affect the number of fish surviving to sustain populations of reef fish off West Hawaiʻi Island. Adult reef fish, like yellow tang, release eggs strategically—in places where the eggs can be …

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UH at the forefront of King Tides and sea-level rise research

Community groups and media have been relying on University of Hawaiʻi researchers for their expertise in sea-level rise and the state’s record high tides. UH is also seeking the public’s help and involvement. Related UH News story: Summer flooding expected after water levels break 112-year record, May 19, 2017 The UH Sea Grant Center for Coastal and Climate Science and …

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New cohort begins environmental biology summer internship for Pacific Islanders

A cohort of 12 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island undergraduate students arrived at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in May to participate in a summer research internship called Environmental Biology for Pacific Islanders, hosted by UH Mānoa’s Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC). The opportunity, funded for three years by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, …

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Summer flooding expected after water levels break 112-year record

The highest water levels of the summer are expected around the upcoming peak astronomic tides of the year, known as “king tides,” occurring over a few days around May 26, June 23 and July 21 in Hawaiʻi. These may produce flooding events similar to what occurred in late April, and University of Hawaiʻi researchers say summer will provide a glimpse …

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Make the Ala Wai Awesome Student Design Challenge finalists selected

The finalists for the “Make the Ala Wai Awesome” Student Design Challenge have been selected. The international challenge is to rehabilitate a critical Oʻahu watershed that contains one of the nation’s most polluted bodies of water. Make the Ala Wai Awesome is sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi and includes $10,000 in total prize money. “We are excited about the …

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UH scientists scrutinize first aid for man o’ war stings

In recent decades, trusted first aid resources have recommended stings from man o’ war (Physalia species) be treated differently from other jellies. But when researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa dug into the scientific literature, they found scant evidence to support such individualized first aid. Adding to a recent push for evidence-based sting treatments, members of the Pacific …

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Snow in Hawaiʻi: What does the future hold?

Daydreams of the tropical paradise of Hawaiʻi rarely include snow in the imagery, but nearly every year, a beautiful white blanket covers the highest peaks in the state for at least a few days. However, systematic observations of snowfall and the snow cover dimensions on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are practically nonexistent. A group of climate modelers led by …

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UH grad student studies star formation in Antarctica

Casey Honniball, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa masters student in geology and geophysics, spent her winter break at NASA’s Antarctica McMurdo Station. She is studying the life cycle of the interstellar medium and trying to connect the dots between molecular clouds and star formation. Her advice to girls who wish to study science is to follow your passion and …

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Lack of resources prevents marine protected areas from realizing full potential

Megan Barnes, researcher in the UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, co-authored a paper assessing the effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs) and offering strategies to increase their ability to protect and increase the abundance of sea life. The findings were published in the journal Nature. MPAs are a very popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but the new …

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