The team of genetic researchers from Hilo, California, New Zealand, and Australia will collaborate on a genetics study to address the hatching failure of two endangered bird species: the ‘alalā (Hawaiian crow) and the kākāpō of New Zealand.
The $50K award came from the Disney Conservation Fund, which supports local efforts around the world aimed at saving wildlife, inspiring action, and protecting the planet.
Professor of Psychology B. Christopher Frueh: The connection between physical, mental, and emotional health of veterans requires a holistic approach.
Kirsten Paxton and Patrick Hart have started a study funded by the National Science Foundation to research the effects of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death on animal communities in Hawaiʻi.
Led by biologist Jolene Sutton, assistant professor at UH Hilo, the research team created a genome assembly that provides critical insights into inbreeding and disease susceptibility of the ‘alalā.
Now that the lava flow is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay, researchers are using autonomous ocean robots, an unmanned technology, to capture live ocean data close to the entry area.
The researchers believe whale mothers with calves employ a strategy in habitat selection that may help them avoid male harassment.
Horticultural researchers Chantal Vos and Norman Arancon highly recommended soil testing to determine if current fertilization practices are sustainable and can maintain the production of sweet potato tubers.
UH Hilo has been analyzing lava flow samples from Kīlauea since 2013 but the composition barely changed. Then came May 2018 and a dramatic change.
UH Hilo professors, scientists and students are providing valuable expertise and resources on multiple fronts, helping government officials assess the hazards to the public and its personnel, and decide where and how to respond.