Category: Research

Sienna stands on lawn with hundreds of pinwheels on tall stakes in the background. She's flashing the peace sign.

Happy International Women’s Day! Here are ten stories of the past year celebrating UH Hilo women’s achievements

International Women’s Day 2020 is celebrating a number of missions this year to help forge a gender equal world. A main mission is to celebrate women’s achievements and increase their visibility. Here are ten stories of the past year from UH Hilo Stories doing just that for extraordinary women from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.  

Schools of fish and coral reef

Published in the journal Science, study headed by UH Hilo evolutionary ecologist shows surprising findings about animal diversity and extinction

In a collaborative study led by Matthew Knope, published Feb. 28 in the journal Science, the findings show that animal biodiversity in modern oceans is best explained by lower extinction rates in animal groups that are ecologically diverse, rather than by higher origination rates, as previously predicted.

Four people standing fro photo: Tracy Wiegner, Bryan Tonga, Karla McDermid and Steven Cobert. Standing in front of trees.

UH Hilo graduate student Bryan Tonga initiates first comprehensive study ever done on nearshore water quality in Micronesia

Findings from Tonga’s research will contribute vital information to climate adaptation efforts in Pohnpei and other tropical Pacific island nations, allowing them to better manage their coastal waters, improve water quality, and reduce damage to coral reefs in the face of climate change in the region.