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UH researchers link quality of coastal groundwater with reef degradation on Maui

Ulva (algae) from areas with high, left, or low, right levels of SGD-derived nitrogen. (D. Amato)

Land-use practices on tropical oceanic islands can have large impacts on reef ecosystems, even in the absence of rivers and streams. Land-based pollutants, such as fertilizers and chemicals in wastewater, infiltrate into the groundwaters beneath land and eventually exit into nearshore ecosystems as submarine groundwater discharge (SGD)—seeping into the coastal zone beneath the ocean’s surface. In a study published recently …

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Botany assistant professor awarded international fellowship


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Nicole Hynson has been awarded a University of Bayreuth, Germany Junior International Fellowship. Hynson will help develop a field biology course for undergraduates from Europe interested in tropical ecology. She will also expand her current research collaborations with faculty and students from the University of Bayreuth to further examine the ecology and biogeography of …

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Extensive deep coral reefs in Hawaiʻi harbor unique species and high coral cover

Diver, lead author Richard Pyle, and HURL’s submersible explore deep reefs. (photo credit: Robert K. Whitton)

A team of 16 researchers, including several from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has completed a comprehensive investigation of deep coral reef environments, known as mesophotic coral ecosystems, throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. The study, published in the open-access journal PeerJ, spanned more than two decades and involved a combination of submersibles operated by the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Undersea Research …

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UH Mānoa botanist wins global recognition for plant conservation

Lauren Weisenberger pollinating Hesperomannia arbuscula. (photo courtesy of the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program)

Lauren Weisenberger, with the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program, Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was honored with the David Given Award for Excellence in Plant Conservation for her exceptional contributions to conservation of rare plants in Hawaiʻi. She was presented with the award during the 6th Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) …

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Botany graduate student received Fulbright Grant

Ashley McGuigan

Ashley McGuigan, graduate student in the Biology Department at UHM, received a grant from the Fulbright Student Program, a program wherein students design their own research project and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Austin describes more about her research and path to this field of study: I grew up in Minnesota until I moved to …

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Invasive algae clean up honors Isabella Abbott

Volunteers at Waikīkī reef clean up, photo from the Waikīkī Aquarium Facebook

In honor of what would have been Professor Emerita Isabella Abbott’s 97th birthday, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Celia Smith, professor of botany, led an invasive algae clean up at the Waikīkī Aquarium on June 20. This year’s clean up gathered about 45 volunteers including UH students and community members to learn about invasive seaweeds and remove them from the …

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NSF funds undergraduate DNA and biodiversity research

REU undergraduates

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has received a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through this award, undergraduates will use high-throughput DNA sequencing, phylogenetic methods and bioinformatics to study microbiomes and the identities and origins of Hawaiʻi’s endemic, native and introduced organisms. Mentorship will be provided by faculty from the UH Mānoa …

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Herbarium links up with largest ex-situ plant conservation program in world

Acacia koa seeds being prepared for long-term storage

The Joseph F. Rock Herbarium in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa botany department has initiated a new research collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership project. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, a global program of the Royal Botanic Garden in the United Kingdom, is the largest ex-situ plant conservation program in the world. The focus is on global plant …

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UHM spearheads “Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant” month

From left to right: David Duffy, UH Department of Botany and PCSU; Randy Bartlett, Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council; Gov. David Ige; Scott Enright, Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture; a giant little fire ant and Erin Bishop, Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee.

September is Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant month in the City and County of Honolulu, in Maui County and across the state. Several projects in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU) are spearheading this little fire ant public awareness and community action campaign in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture (HDOA). This campaign …

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Ecology paper named one of 100 most influential


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 …

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