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Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Blog

Rootlets abound in a brown chunk of mud held for the camera

Sneaking up on mud

Join us in our sampling on southern Moloka‘i, where we cut and climb our way through dense mangrove thickets, and to windward O‘ahu, where we wade waist-deep through mud flats to capture just the right mud. And how might one go about capturing that right mud? By sneaking up on it, of course.
Bacteroides: The clingy bacteria that mammals just can’t shake

Bacteroides: The clingy bacteria that mammals just can’t shake

Sewage pollution is a leading driver of water quality degradation globally, with multiple human and environmental health impacts. This post explores how researchers are using cutting-edge, next-generation, genomic sequencing techniques to differentiate between sources of sewage pollution in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.
Student with a concentrated look bites on her tongue as she works on an object with a screwdriver

Treating climate anxiety with action

Anxiety around climate change is a feeling experienced by many, especially those involved with assessing its impacts. Learn about how this Sea Grant student combats that anxiety by taking action through research and thinking about her place in the communities of science and the world.
Close up of small round baby fish with large eyes

Feed me! How examining larval diets could be a game-changer for aquaculture

What marine fish larvae eat in the wild is mostly unknown. Come learn how this Grad Fellow’s research uses advanced DNA technology to attempt to resolve that question, to improve the ability of raising valuable ornamental fish in captivity.
Sandy coastal water bounded by rocks is rippled by upwelling groundwater

Picking apart “dirty” groundwater sources

Groundwater contamination plays a much deeper role than just the concern of whether our drinking water is safe; it also has major implications for ecosystem balances. Come read about this project focused on picking apart what human sources are responsible for groundwater contamination and new ways we might be able to tackle tracing those sources.
Scenic view looking down across the coastline and buildings of Waikiki, with the Waiʻanae Mountains in the background

Science and design collide: Benefits of interdisciplinary research and collaboration

How do you cope with rising seas against a built-up coastline like Waikīkī? Bring minds together from across the spectrum to work together! Come learn about a project that brought the science and architectural design communities, together with interested parties from the public, to explore the future of Waikīkī’s built environment.