Hanauma Talks Seminar and HBEP Event Calendar

Hanauma Talks Seminars

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, all Thursday Evening Seminars (till further notice) can be viewed ONLINE (Hanauma Talks pre-recorded presentations)

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Where: Comfort of your own home, at your leisure
When: Thursday
Time: 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Phone: (808) 397-5840 or Email: hbaynews@hawaii.edu

DECEMBER 2020 – “UH SEA GRANT GRADUATE FELLOWS”

December 3

“What’s that smell? Identifying sewage hot spots in Hilo, Hawaiʻi” presented by Joseph Nakoa III and Shayla Waiki, TCBES (MS)

“Lurking Below: A Study of Groundwater Contaminants in the Ewa Beach Plains.” presented by Matt Duff and John Cameron, Earth Sciences (MS)

“Coral reef halos: literally living on the edge” presented by Zack Rago, Marine Biology (PhD)

December 10

“Setting the table for aquaculture: what do baby fish eat?” presented by Emily Conklin & Cassie Kaʻapu-Lyons, Zoology (PhD)

“Exploration of Geoscience through Place and Culture” presented by Tineill Dudoit, Earth and Planetary Sciences (MS)

“What did the polyp tell kukui? Modeling Hawaiʻi Agroforests” presented by Gina McGuire, Geography and Environment (PhD)

NOVEMBER 2020 – “UH SEA GRANT GRADUATE FELLOWS”

November 5

“Do Hawaiian microbes eat their Leafy Greens?” presented by Becca Lensing, Marine Biology (PhD)

“What’s a beach day worth? Economic valuation of Waikiki Beach.” presented by Marcos Peng, Geography and Environment (PhD)

“Ai ʻia e ka iʻa, ʻai ʻia e ke kanaka: Transfer of pollutants by fish” presented by Honour Booth, Chemistry (PhD)

November 12

“Rising Tides: Designing Waikiki for Sea Level Rise” presented by Josephine Briones and Ireland Castillo, Architecture (D. Arch)

“The scoop on poop: investigating cesspool pollution in Hawaiʻi” presented by Nicolas Vanderzyl , Oceanography (MS)

“The Vulnerability of Coastal Ecosystems due to Climate Change” presented by Anna McCormick, TPSS (MS)

November 19

“Samoan Hop-Scotch: A Giant Clam journey across the Samoan Archipelago” presented by Paolo Marra-Biggs, Marine Biology (MS)

“Groundwater contamination of coastal waters: Finding solutions to keep our reefs clean!” presented by Casey McKenzie, Earth Science (MS)

“Kona: where groundwater links biology, culture, and practice” presented by Veronica Gibson, Botany (PhD)

OCTOBER 2020 – “THATʻS THE SEAL-IEST THING IʻVE EVER HEARD” – NOAA HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL RESEARCH PROGRAM

October 1

“The Ins and Outs of Seal Hook Removal” presented by Claudia Cedillo, Veterinary Technician

October 8

“How reduced and degraded island habitat affects the long-term viability of the monk seal population at French Frigate Shoals” presented by Dr. Jason Baker, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

October 15

“Pearl and Hermes Reef: Seal Paradise or Peril?” presented by Hope Ronco, Research/Logistics Technician, JIMAR

October 22

“NOAA research ranges land-to-sea to understand risks of toxoplasmosis in Hawaiian Monk Seals” presented by Dr. Stacie Robinson, Research Ecologist

Abstract:  Toxoplasmosis is a top threat to Hawaiian monk seals in the main Hawaiian Islands where seal habitat overlaps with large human and cat populations. As the only host in which the parasite Toxoplasma gondii can complete its life cycle, cats are the sole source contaminating the environment with infectious oocysts which can then runoff into the marine environment, threatening marine mammals. To better understand the dynamics of T. gondii infection in Hawaiian monk seals, we examined monk seal toxoplasma cases in relation to cat distribution, rainfall patterns, and other environmental factors on the island of Oahu. We found a strong link between major runoff events and elevated risk of toxoplasmosis in Hawaiian monk seals. This helps us see that the source of this harmful disease comes from our own island landscape, making it our responsibility to mitigate this risk to Hawaii’s native species. We will discuss NOAA’s innovative research to further understand this disease, as well as the challenges of managing complex risks to monk seals.

October 29

“Meet your neighbor island Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Program” presented by Nicole Davis & Jamie Thomton, NOAA Marine Mammal Response Network Island Coordinators

Abstract:  Monk seals in the main Hawaiian islands are known to move around their island and often travel between islands. Hawaiian monk seal pups that are born in the main Hawaiian islands are quickly desensitized to humans. Over time, these seals become accustomed to being around people and will peacefully coexist, sharing the beaches and nearshore waters with Hawaii’s residents and visitors. The combined human population of residents on the islands of Maui and Kauai is less than one quarter of the total population on the island of Oahu. However, when a monk seal pup is born in a popular area or a young impressionable seal interacts with someone, the ability of the seal to eventually coexist with humans relies heavily on the people and the choices people make, even on the neighbor islands with fewer people. The monk seal recovery programs on Kauai and Maui have addressed these challenging human/seal interaction issues in several ways and the lessons learned have helped NOAA managers and scientists in decision-making processes on all the main Hawaiian islands.

SEPTEMBER 2020 – NOAA MARINE SEA TURTLE PROGRAM

September 3

“Turtle Odyssey” narrated by Russell Crowe (~41 minutes long)

September 10

“Status and trends of Honu, or green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas), in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument” presented by Marylou Staman, Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program (MTBAP)

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September 17

“Sea Turtles in the Main Hawaiian Islands – Biology, Research, and Conservation” presented by Christina Coppenrath, Field and Laboratory Research Associate, Grantee with JIMAR in support of Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program, Protected Species Division

September 24

“Partnerships in Sea Turtle Recovery: A Pacific-Wide ‘Ohana” presented by Irene Kelly, Sea Turtle Recovery Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries – Pacific Islands Region

AUGUST 2020 – VOICE OF THE SEA

August 6

“Voice of the Sea: Hanauma Bay Zoominar – Education and Research during COVID-19” presented by Kanesa Seraphin, Hanauma Bay Education Program Staff and University of Hawaiʻi Researchers

August 13

“Voice of the Sea: Hanauma Bay Zoominar – Cesspool Issues Rising” presented by Kanesa Seraphin and University of Hawaiʻi Researchers

August 20

“Voice of the Sea: Hanauma Bay Zoominar – Coral Restoration Nursery” presented by Kanesa Seraphin, Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and University of Hawaiʻi Researchers

August 27

“Voice of the Sea: Hanauma Bay Zoominar – Saving the Kiwikiu with the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project” presented by Kanesa Seraphin, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project researchers, and endangered species experts

JULY 2020 – APEX PREDATORS

July 2

“Little Sharks, Big World: Genetic Insights into Horn Shark Dispersal & Migration” by Sean Canfield (ToBo Lab – HIMB)

July 9

“The grainy fisheries management of Silky Shark, a genetic perspective” presented by Derek Kraft (ToBo Lab – HIMB)

July 16

“Impacts of shark viewing ecotours on the ecology of coastal sharks in Hawaiʻi” presented by Julia Hartl (HIMB)

July 23

“Working with industry to improve post-release survival of sharks incidentally captured in commercial fisheries” presented by Dr. Melanie Hutchinson (JIMAR) 

July 30

“Jonathan Birdʻs Blue World: Shark Biology” presented by Jonathan Bird

JUNE 2020 – MĀLAMA MAUNALUA

June 11

“Cutting edge restoration to rehabilitate reefs in Maunalua Bay” by Carlo Caruso (HIMB)

June 18

“How clean is Maunalua Bayʻs water?” by Kim Falinski (The Nature Conservancy)

June 25

“Protecting the Forests to Protect the Region” by JC Watson (Koʻolau Mountains Watershed Partnership) & Tyrone Montayre (Protect and Preserve Hawaii)

MAY 2020 – COASTAL HAZARDS AND THREATS IN HAWAIʻI

APRIL 2020 – COASTAL SEABIRDS & SHOREBIRDS  co-hosted by the Hawaiʻi Audubon Society

April 2

“The Miracle of Midway: A Million Albatrosses and Counting” by Susan Scott, Hawaiʻi Audubon Society

MAY 2020 – HAWAIʻI SEA GRANT ONLINE EVENT

May 6  (WEDNESDAY)  –   Premieres 12 noon HST

Voice of the Sea – Hawaiʻi Sea Grant – YouTube live chat and watch party premiere.

Join Hanauma Bay Education Program staff and University of Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology researchers. Bring your questions for this talk-story time!

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