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UH Mānoa undergraduate students make discoveries in Hawaiʻi

Original scientific research by two recent graduates from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Global Environmental Science (GES) undergraduate program has shed new light on Hawaiʻi’s past and current natural environment. Present day stressors on a traditional Hawaiian fishpond Camilla Tognacchini’s senior research project began with the goal to assess how the removal of invasive mangroves affects the health of …

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Corals worldwide hit by bleaching

From Hawai‘i to Papua New Guinea to the Maldives, coral reefs are bleaching — in so many regions that the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially declared a global bleaching event on 08 October 2015. The event, the third in recorded history, is expected to grow worse in coming months. Warm ocean temperatures, linked to climate change and …

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Ocean Station ALOHA designated a Milestones in Microbiology site

Ocean Station ALOHA, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s research site 60 miles north of Oʻahu has been designated a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM Milestones in Microbiology program recognizes institutions and scientists that have made significant contributions toward advancing the microbial sciences. This open-ocean research station “has played a fundamental role in …

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Island boulders reveal ancient mega-tsunami

When the eastern flank of Fogo, a Cape Verde volcano, splashed into the sea some 73,000 years ago, it generated an enormous wave that rose to 170 meters of height before it crashed into a nearby island, geophysicists have discovered. The mega-tsunami, reported on 2 October 2015 in Science Advances, is one of the largest in the geological record. The flanks …

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Three UH marine mammals will continue research role at Sea Life Park

Three marine mammals that have been involved in hearing and underwater noise studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for more than 20 years have been relocated to Sea Life Park. Kina, a 40-year-old female Pseudorca; Boris, a 26-year-old male Tursiops and BJ, a 29-year-old female Tursiops, came to UH with Paul Nachtigall in 1993, when he founded the …

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Extreme Pacific sea level events to double in future

Many tropical Pacific island nations are struggling to adapt to gradual sea level rise stemming from warming oceans and melting ice caps. Now they may also see much more frequent extreme interannual sea level swings. The culprit is a projected behavioral change of the El Niño phenomenon and its characteristic Pacific wind response, according to recent computer modeling experiments and …

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New aquatic science curriculum now online

Science teachers throughout the state and nation now have a website, based on the award-winning Fluid Earth/Living Ocean aquatic science curriculum, where they can investigate, discover, evaluate, communicate and learn about marine science. The Exploring Our Fluid Earth curriculum, which examines coastal and ocean sciences by studying the influence of water on the planet, was developed to be useful to …

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