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Submarine canyons a source of marine invertebrate diversity, abundance

submarine canyons

Submarine canyons play an important role in maintaining high levels of biodiversity of small invertebrates in the seafloor sediments of the main and northwestern Hawaiian Islands, according to research from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. What’s more, scientists have used this data to draw new connections between the levels of faunal diversity and the heterogeneity of submarine canyon landscapes ... Read More »

Ocean fish acquire more mercury at depth

Anela-opah-auction-web

Mercury—a common industrial toxin—is carried through the atmosphere before settling on the ocean and entering the marine food web. Now, exciting new research from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) combines biogeochemistry and direct marine ecology observations to show how the global mercury cycle is colliding ... Read More »

New method of estimating fish movements underwater

Monitoring Station - Close Up

How do you track a fish? There’s no “Google Maps” for finding fish. The radio signals that are the backbone of traditional GPS cannot pass through seawater. But sound travels remarkably well, so scientists often use acoustic telemetry to estimate an individual fish’s location. That means attaching an acoustic transmitter to a fish and then using a network of stationary ... Read More »

Carbon emissions to impact climate beyond the day after tomorrow

Calving Glacier

Future warming from fossil fuel burning could be more intense and longer-lasting than previously thought. This prediction emerges from a new study by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanographer Richard Zeebe, who includes insights from episodes of climate change in the geologic past to inform projections of man-made future climate change. The study is published in the Proceedings of the ... Read More »

Plastic for dinner? Big fish eat more than you expect

Examples of marine debris found in fish stomachs.  Image courtesy C. Anela Choy.

Large, predatory fishes from the offshore waters around Hawai‘i have been ingesting a surprisingly large amount of plastic and other marine debris, according to new research by scientists at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. These observations are the first of their kind in scope and in number, and they suggest that more attention should be given to marine debris ... Read More »

Laser scanning confocal microscope generates artful images of science

Confocal Image of Coral

Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, seeing corals in this manner is simply not enough. As part of a new PBS digital video series called UnderH20, viewers see live corals–and their associated microorganisms–from a whole new perspective. Using a revolutionary new tool, a laser scanning ... Read More »

NSF awards bring new dark matter, meteorology research and opportunities

Jennifer Small

Three UH Mānoa professors have won National Science Foundation (NSF) awards to support fundamental research that also brings opportunities for hands-on discovery to undergraduates and Hawai‘i high school students. The prestigious NSF CAREER grants were awarded to Jason Kumar in Physics, Jennifer Small in Meteorology and Yi Zuo in Mechanical Engineering. These UH Mānoa assistant professors are considered early-career faculty ... Read More »

David Karl and Edward DeLong awarded $4.2M to pursue high risk research in marine microbial ecology

L-R: Dr. Karl and Dr. DeLong outside  the Daniel K. Inouye C-MORE Hale laboratory, UH Mānoa.
Photo by Anthony Consillio

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded Dr. David Karl and Dr. Edward DeLong, both UH Mānoa professors in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) individual grants totaling $4.2M to support their marine research. These awards are part of the Moore Foundation’s national Marine Microbiology Initiative that awarded 16 scientists from 14 different institutions a ... Read More »

UH Sea Grant receives prestigious hurricane preparedness award

Hurricane illustration

At an annual hurricane outlook news conference held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) at UH Mānoa was awarded the 2013 Dr. Arthur Chiu Award for Excellence in Hurricane Preparedness. The award is given annually to an organization, individual or business that has demonstrated innovation or excellence ... Read More »

Abundance and distribution of Hawaiian coral predicted by model

Coral

Researchers from the UH Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands, including two species currently under consideration as threatened or endangered. They found the order of coral abundance (from highest to lowest) around the main Hawaiian Islands to be Porites lobata, ... Read More »

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