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UHM ranked 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science

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The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is ranked the 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science according to this year’s Nature Index. Anchored by the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), UHM ranked higher than nearly 8,000 other institutions. The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a ...

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Parental experience may help coral offspring survive climate change

Adult coral (Pocillopora_damicornis) and larvae (~1 millimeter). (credit: Hollie Putnam and Beth Lenz)

A new study from scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) reveals that preconditioning adult corals to increased temperature and ocean acidification resulted in offspring that may be better able to handle those future environmental stressors. This rapid trans-generational acclimatization may be able to “buy time” for corals in the race against climate ...

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Timing is critical for the success of some spawning fish

Timing is critical for the snapper and other reef fish that aggregate to spawn each year. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The larvae of some species of reef fish appear to survive better depending on the timing of when they were spawned, according to new research from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology(HIMB) and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). The findings advance earlier research that suggested only spawning location is critical and ...

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Hōkūleʻa crew and UH researchers explore Great Barrier Reef

Hokulea Great Barrier Reef

Three key University of Hawaiʻi staff contributed to Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa’s exploration and research at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in June. Chad Kalepa Baybayan is a master navigator and serves as astronomer in residence at UH’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center on the Big Island. UH graduate assistant Haunani Kane is serving as Hōkūleʻa’s assistant navigator. UH researcher Ruth Gates, an ...

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Deep sea sharks are buoyant

Shark with tag

Scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and University of Tokyo revealed that two species of deep-sea sharks, sixgill and prickly sharks, are positively buoyant—they have to work harder to swim downward than up and they can glide uphill for minutes at a time without using their tails. Their results were published in a recent study,“Unexpected Positive Buoyancy in ...

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Advances in animal tracking redefine how we discover and manage ocean life

Advances in telemetry enabled discoveries of tiger sharks' behavior and movement. Credit: K Holland.

A new paper, published this month in Science, details the explosion in aquatic animal tracking research over the past 30 years and its impact on discoveries about the movements, migrations, interactions and survival of both common and elusive aquatic species. The review, co-authored by Kim Holland, researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), ...

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[VIDEO] How to train your coral

Coral

Scientists warn extreme sea temperatures could cause a “historic” coral reef die-off around the world over, following a massive coral bleaching event in fall 2014 in the North Pacific. A huge swathe of the Pacific was affected, including the Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Hawai‘i, and Kiribati. Some areas recorded serious bleaching for the first time, and ...

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Study reveals tiger shark movements around Maui and Oahu

UH Mānoa researchers are using tracking devices to gain new insights into tiger shark movements in coastal waters around Maui and O‘ahu. The ongoing study reveals their coastal habitat preferences “We need to understand tiger shark movements in our coastal waters to gain a clearer comprehension of the circumstances bringing sharks and humans together,” said Dr. Kim Holland, senior shark scientist at the ...

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EPA grants recognize two grad students working with corals

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 ...

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