Researchers from the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, along with scientists from the Smithsonian Institution, have created the world’s first frozen repository for Hawaiian corals. The frozen bank protects, preserves and restores the biodiversity among corals—including the pictured Fungia scutaria, otherwise known as mushroom coral.
The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is a world-renowned marine research institute of the School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Situated on Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island) in Kane‘ohe Bay, HIMB offers access to state-of-the-art research facilities and a diverse range of marine environments. HIMB and its faculty are recognized authorities in marine diseases, neuroendocrinology, microbial organisms, and sensory systems of marine mammals and elasmobranchs.