The Kiritimati to Hawai‘i Connection
In this episode we’re investigating where Hawaii’s fish come from with Dr. Brian Bowen’s research team at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. Brian’s team has just returned from a trip to Kiritimati—a remote, coral atoll 1,000 miles South of O’ahu. While at Kiritimati, Bowen’s team gathered genetic samples from local fish to compare with Hawai‘i fish. The relationships in DNA that they discover will tell us about the resiliency of our local fish populations, and reveal secrets of the historical migration of reef fish across Oceania.