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UH Mānoa oceanographer Craig Smith awarded 2016 Senckenberg Prize

The Senckenberg Nature Research Society (Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung) awarded its 2016 Nature Research Prize to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanographer Craig Smith. The Senckenberg prize in the Nature Research category, endowed with $10,000, is awarded annually to a scientist who has made excellent, internationally recognized achievements in nature research. Smith’s research is focused on the species diversity and …

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New study revises estimate of the greatest mass extinction

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Steven Stanley, paleontologist at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, revised estimates of the largest mass extinction to have taken place since animals appeared on Earth. It is undisputed that more than 250 million years ago, during the end-Permian “great dying” as it is …

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Native squid and its bacterium may help human and environmental health

The humble Hawaiian bobtail squid is helping to build the University of Hawaiʻi’s capacity in the hot field of microbiome research. A microbiome is a community of microorganisms. Researchers at UH Mānoa’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory are studying the simple squid and its interactions with a single bioluminescent bacterium (vibrio fisheri) that grows inside of it to shed light on the …

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New ocean observations improve understanding of motion

Oceanographers commonly calculate large scale surface ocean circulation from satellite sea level information using a concept called “geostrophy,” which describes the relationship between oceanic surface flows and sea level gradient. Conversely, researchers rely on data from in-water current meters to measure smaller scale motion. New research led by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanographer Bo Qiu has determined from observational …

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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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