Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Blog

A colorful assortment of corals on display in an aquarium

Designing mesocosms

Learn about how experience from being a young aquarist has helped in designing this graduate student research at HIMB, using mesocosm systems to explore the formation of coral reef halos, mysterious patterns found in reefs around the world.
Crispin gives a shaka while sitting on his surfboard in calm waters

My lifelong question

Sewage pollution in the Hawaiian Islands threatens communities that rely on a clean ocean for cultural practice, recreation, and sustenance. Come read about someone who grew up using all of these ocean resources, now thrilled to have the chance to give back to the community through their sewage pollution research.
Crabs over ice in a bucket

Contingency Lemonade

Got the research blues? Hot-scientist summer didn’t go the way you planned? Mai hopohopo mai – don’t worry! In this blog, the author shares her own woes while providing methods for maintaining self-love and continuing to holomua (move forward) when your research plans go awry.
Four tiny plankton shells show stages of degradation

Changing ocean chemistry, bubbling under the surface

More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means more in the oceans, too, which alters marine chemistry and endangers marine life. Come read about how Hawaiʻi is developing plans to combat ocean acidification.
Beth Lenz (masked) poses for a selfie on a path to the White House

Knauss 2020: A coral biologist in Washington

Each year, the National Sea Grant College Program matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative or executive branches of government in Washington, D.C. for the prestigious Knauss Fellowship. Read about the experience of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant's 2020 Knauss Fellow.
Three-foot high wooden walls enclose a small plot of soil and plants.

When the Unmentionable becomes Unavoidable

Wastewater is a fact of life we tend to shy away from. But with sea-level rise compromising many coastal cesspools, attention (and legislation) has focused on the larger cesspool issue in Hawaiʻi. Read more about our 2020 Grau Fellow’s experience working on this unmentionable problem.