CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

A next generation beach observing system for Hawaiʻi

 Research Projects 2018-2020 A next generation beach observing system for Hawaiʻi PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Chip Fletcher Co-INVESTIGATORS: Mark Merrifield, Douglas Luther Graduate Trainee: Kammie Tavares The proposed project will develop and institute a next-generation program for monitoring short and long-term changes ...

Collaborative investigation of hydraulic and geochemical connectivity between wastewaters and other land-uses and the ocean waters of Waialua Bay, Oʻahu

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Collaborative investigation of hydraulic and geochemical connectivity between wastewaters and other land uses and the ocean waters of Waialua Bay, Oʻahu PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Craig Glenn Co-INVESTIGATORS: Aly El-Kadi, Henrietta Dulai, Celia Smith, Robert Whittier The risk that sewage ...

Coral reef CO2 variations at the Coastal Ocean Hawaiʻi Acidification Network (COHAMN): Impact of basin scale oceanographic forcing

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Coral reef CO2 variations at the Coastal Ocean Hawaiʻi Acidification Network (COHAMN): Impact of basin scale oceanographic forcing PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Eric DeCarlo Co-INVESTIGATOR: Michael Guidry Graduate Trainee: Lucie Knor This study offers to continue the highly successful ...

Economic activity, technological progress, and water resource utilization on Oʻahu

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Economic activity, technological progress, and water resource utilization on Oʻahu PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Peter Fuleky Co-INVESTIGATOR: Kimberly Burnett Graduate Trainee: Sisi Zhang Water management authorities on Oʻahu are increasingly looking for improved methods to plan for future water ...

Enabling real-time predictive modeling of microbial pathogen risk along the Honolulu shoreline

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Enabling real-time predictive modeling of microbial pathogen risk along the Honolulu shoreline PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Craig Nelson Co-INVESTIGATORS: Anna Neuheimer, Grieg Steward, Margaret McManus Graduate Trainee: Jessica Bullington Microbial pathogen contamination of coastal ecosystems in Hawaiʻi is a significant threat ...

Growth optimization and survival of the bleaching-resistant coral genus Pavona for reef restoration in Hawaiʻi

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Growth optimization and survival of the bleaching-resistant coral genus Pavona for reef restoration in Hawaiʻi PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Peter Marko Graduate Trainee: Claire Lewis Healthy corals are crucial to coral reef ecosystems, a fundamental part of the Hawaiian ...

Harnessing environmental DNA for healthy reefs

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Harnessing environmental DNA for healthy reefs PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Brian Bowen Co-INVESTIGATOR: Michelle Gaither Graduate Trainee: Cassie Lyons This proposal is to use environmental DNA (eDNA) to monitor the health of coral reefs in protected and non-protected areas around the ...

Hehihehi management for microbial-mediated sediment removal in fishponds

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Hehihehi management for microbially-mediated sediment removal in fishponds PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Kiana Frank Sedimentation has been identified as one of the top five challenges for restoration faced by fishpond stewards. It is not clear what the most effective ...

Impacts of climate changes on a native and an invasive Hawaiian plant using a newly developed Intelligent Plant growing System (IPS)

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Impacts of climate changes on a native and an invasive Hawaiian plant using a newly developed Intelligent Plant growing System (IPS) PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Camilo Mora Co-INVESTIGATORS: A Zachary Trimble, Kasey Barton Graduate Trainee: Devon DeBevoise Plants sustain humanity, directly ...

Integrating climate science with local knowledge through community vulnerability assessment on Kauaʻi

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Integrating climate science with local knowledge through community vulnerability assessment on Kauaʻi PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Daniele Spirandelli Graduate Trainee: Erin "Bear" Braich Like many low-lying coastal regions of the world, the County of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi is vulnerable ...

Investigating the origin and impact of sedimentation on the health of Hawaiian mesophotic reefs for sustainable coastal development

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Investigating the origin and impact of sedimentation on the health of Hawaiian mesophotic reefs for sustainable coastal development PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Robert Toonen Graduate Trainee: Evan Barca Hawaiian coral reefs have been valued at over $33.5 billion per ...

Land-based pollutants in herbivorous reef fishes on Hawaiian reefs

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Land-based pollutants in herbivorous reef fishes on Hawaiian reefs PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Megan Donahue Co-INVESTIGATOR: Stephen Karl Graduate Trainee: Julie Zill Pollutants, such as metals, pose a serious threat to coral reef ecosystems. In the past century Hawaiʻi ...

Our Project In Hawaiʻi’s Intertidal (OPIHI): Examining change over time

 Research Projects 2018-2020 Our Project In Hawaiʻi’s Intertidal (OPIHI): Examining change over time PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Joanna Philippoff Co-INVESTIGATORS: Heather Spalding, Craig Nelson Graduate Trainee: Florybeth LaValle Although a culturally and ecologically important ecosystem, the intertidal is vulnerable to climate change, species ...

West Maui wave run-up forecasts

 Research Projects 2018-2020 West Maui wave run-up forecasts PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Douglas Luther Co-INVESTIGATOR: Mark Merrifield Graduate Student: Camilla Tognacchini The long-term rising trend in sea level (typically, an inch or so every 10 years around Hawaiʻi) alone will not be obvious ...