Biology Department News
Biology Professor Dr. Don Price, along with Dr. Elizabeth Stacy and Dr. Patrick Hart received 5 million dollar NSF CREST award titled “Understanding Biotic Response to Environmental Change in Tropical Ecosystems Through a Place-Based Context”. This award primarily supports the UH Hilo Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) program, but also provides many research opportunities for undergraduates in the UH Hilo Biology Department.
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council re-elects Adam Pack as Chairperson
Dr. Adam Pack was re-elected Chair of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of 52 primary and alternate members representing the islands of Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, Maui and Oʻahu, representing various constituencies such as Research, Education, Conservation, Native Hawaiian, Whale Watching, Fishing, Business, Commercial Shipping, Tourism, Ocean Recreation, and Youth, and representing State and Federal Agencies. Adam currently occupies the Council Seat for Hawaiʻi Island.
Adam Pack also co-authored the paper “Habitat segregation by female humpback whales in Hawaiian waters: avoidance of males?” published in the journal “Behaviour.” The research reported in this article shows that female humpback whales with newborn calves segregate themselves into shallower water than females without calf to avoid energetically costly associations with male humpback whales prospecting for mating opportunities. The article’s findings were featured in a story by the BBC News: Edinburgh, File, East Scotland (Read the complete article).