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Novel waterproof electronic tablets for reef monitoring

Novel waterproof tablet

UH Mānoa graduate student John Burns has been selected as a finalist for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. From a pool of more than 1,800 applicants from 129 countries around the world, Burns is one of 22 finalists.  The award is targeted to innovators under 30 years of age. The Papaikou resident is one of only three finalists from the United ...

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David Karl presents Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture

David Karl

UH Mānoa professor David Karl will present the Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture on March 13, at 5:30 PM at the Smithsonian Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. This event is free and open to the public.  Karl’s talk is titled, “The Contemporary Challenge of the Sea: Science, Society, and Sustainability.” From the event flyer: Life on Earth arose as ...

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[VIDEO] A “shark’s eye” view: Witnessing the life of a top predator

Tagged tiger shark

Instruments strapped onto and ingested by sharks are revealing novel insights into how one of the most feared and least understood ocean predators swims, eats and lives. For the first time, researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the University of Tokyo outfitted sharks with sophisticated sensors and video recorders to measure and see where they are going, ...

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Where have all the codfish gone?

copepod

The mega-decline in cod and other fisheries across the North Atlantic Ocean threatens the livelihood of fishermen and communities in New England and Atlantic Canada.  One suspect in the disappearance of cod and other groundfish is the food source for their young: a planktonic copepod crustacean, no larger than a grain of rice.  Recent changes in local copepod populations have ...

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The secret lives of whales

Short-finned pilot whale

UH graduate students lead research effort aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor Scientists from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) have been allocated over 100 days at sea, spread out over the next 6 months, aboard the R/V Falkor, the oceanographic research ship belonging to the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI; ...

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More tiger sharks tagged to track online

Tagged tiger shark

Researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) completed the second phase of a project to observe the movements of tiger sharks caught and tagged around the island of Maui. In response to an uptick in the number of shark attacks recorded on Maui, the State of Hawai‘i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources ...

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Unusual corals discovered off of the Big Island, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

A coral species new to the main Hawaiian Islands has been discovered in West Hawaii by a research team of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) divers and confirmed by researchers at UH Manoa’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory. While doing reconnaissance SCUBA dives along the Kona coast of the Island of Hawaii, the ...

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Beyond the ‘Roi Roundup’

Cephalopholis argus

UH Mānoa graduate student Jonatha Giddens studies a roi-free reef on the Big Island, and ponders the resource management lessons from a local spearfishing hui   What if you could remove all of the roi? UH Mānoa graduate student Jonatha Giddens has been investigating this possibility at a reef off Puako Bay, on the west side of the Big Island ...

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HIMB develops Hawaiian fishpond iPhone app

He'eia Fishpond

The Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has created an iPhone app that highlights scientific research and indigenous knowledge with virtual and walking tours of a local Hawaiian fishpond. The project, which was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Omidyar Foundation, grew ...

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Energetics of the deep-water bluntnose sixgill shark

Bluntnose sixgill shark

Deep sea sharks get less attention than their surface-loving counterparts.  Take for example the bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus).  At 16 feet in length, this shark is almost large as a white shark or a tiger shark, and the species has a wide global distribution.   H. griseus might be a top predator, but because he tends to be found up ...

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