The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $168,000 in fellowship grants to two graduate students at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB). John Burns and Raphael Ritson-Williams were named as recipients of the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship.
Burns’ research will focus on the relationship between land-based sources of pollution and coral reef ecosystem function off the Hamakua Coast on Hawai‘i Island.
Using next generation genetic sequencing techniques, Ritson-Williams will test corals’ ability to survive near shore pollution and climate change and the corresponding impact these stressors have on coral genotypic diversity to answer the question: Can Corals Adapt to Future Threats?
Read more about the STAR fellowship on the EPA’s press release:www.soest.hawaii.edu/soest_web/Documents/EPA_STAR_2013.pdf