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Rosie Alegado, PhD

Hoa Kumu Noiʻi / Research Faculty


  • BS Biology, Minor in Environmental Health & Toxicology, MIT
  • PhD Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Californa Berkeley

Kapālama, Kona, Oʻahu

Project Title and Summary

Kilo Lani: Observations of Climate Patterns in Historical Hawaiʻi

Our long-term goal is to use indigenous-based historical records to reconstruct Hawaiian regional climate beyond conventional instrument records. We employ 2 complementary strategies to develop a deeper understanding of how climate modes, such as ENSO, affected regional climates in Hawai’i: introducing additional historical observations through Hawaiian language newspapers and developing climate indicators specific to Hawai’i using introduced and native tree species.  This project is a collaboration with Axel Timmermann (Oceanography/Interactional Pacific Research Center) and Puakea Nogelmeier (Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language). Funded by the NOAA Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research and the USGS Pacific Island Climate Science Center (PI: Alegado)

Contact Information


CMORE Hale Rm 118

1951 East-West Rd