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Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought

Kapiolani Park, Waikiki

The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. But Chris Lepczyk, an associate professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at UH Mānoa, is a contributor to a new study showing that surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments—to the tune ... Read More »

Moth lineage provides a key to species diversification

Hyposmocoma caterpillar casings

To many, moths are just the dull relatives of butterflies that often startle us in the dark. But for UH Mānoa junior researcher William Haines, former junior researcher Patrick Schmitz and professor Daniel Rubinoff, these fascinating creatures provide insights into Hawai‘i’s ancient, vanished ecosystems. The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources entomologists published their findings in an article, “Ancient diversification ... Read More »

Reintroducing the Native Hawaiian Hāhā plant

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Recently, the Lyon Arboretum Micropropagation Lab, Lyon Arboretum Seed Storage Lab, Pahole Rare Plant Facility, O`ahu Plant Extinction Prevention Program (OPEPP), and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR DOFAW), and volunteers were able to re-introduce a Native Hawaiian Hāhā, Cyanea grimesiana (subspecies grimesiana), to the State’s Mānoa Cliffs Restoration Site within the Honolulu ... Read More »

University of Hawaii partners on $5.3-million cyberinfrastructure award

David Lassner

The University of Hawaiʻi is one of the founding partners of a new initiative led by Clemson University to enable a national network of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators (ACI-REFs) that will broaden the research and education impacts of advanced computing resources at campuses across the country. Advanced cyberinfrastructure refers to high-performance computing systems, massive data storage systems and visualization environments, all linked ... Read More »

Intensity matters in new tropical cyclone research award

Assistant Professor Michael M. Bell

UH Mānoa’s Michael Bell wins NSF CAREER grant University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Michael Bell has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Grant, recognizing his early-career work on tropical storms and his promising future in research and science education. He is the fourth UH Mānoa professor in two years to be honored with a prestigious NSF ... Read More »

Corroborating the castaway story

Path of tracers

The fisherman’s improbable 13-month voyage from Mexico westward across the Pacific agrees with simulations of a computer model developed at the University Hawai‘i at Mānoa International Pacific Research Center. Scientist Nikolai Maximenko and Scientific Programmer Jan Hafner placed 16 tracers into their ocean model 200 nautical miles southwest of the coastal fishing village Chiapas, Mexico, on December 20, 2012, around the ... Read More »

Ecology paper named one of 100 most influential

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Tamara Ticktin, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa botanist and ethnoecologist, authored a research paper chosen as one of the 100 most influential papers published by the British Ecological Society journals in its 100-year history. Her paper, “The ecological implications of harvesting non-timber forest products,” was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, one of the Journals of the British ... Read More »

Hadfield awarded the M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education

Mike Hadfield and his award

Michael Hadfield of Kewalo Marine Laboratory was recently honored as the first recipient of the M. Patricia Morse Award by the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) at their annual meeting on January 3-7, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Hadfield was recognized for his significant contributions two training programs, funded by the National Science Foundation, aimed at increasing scientific training ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Milton Garces and Brian Williams on ThinkTech Hawaii

Milton Garces and Brian Williams

The Infrasound Laboratory of the University of Hawaii uses very sensitive microphones to listen to low-frequency sounds in the atmosphere. These sounds, known as infrasound because they are too low in frequency to be audible to the human ear, can carry through the atmosphere for thousands of kilometers. Infrasound is one way that we can know when a volcano is ... Read More »

Biologist Sheila Conant wins national conservation award

Conant releasing a Nihoa Millerbirds on Nihoa Island

The Ralph W. Schreiber award honors extraordinary scientific contributions to the conservation, restoration, and preservation of birds and their habitats Dr. Sheila Conant, a former chair of the UH Mānoa Zoology Department who has studied Hawai‘i’s native and endangered species for nearly 50 years, has won the American Ornithologists’ Union’s Ralph W. Schreiber Award. Conant is an O‘ahu native and ... Read More »

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