In the investigation, the research team discovered that troublesome nutrients found in coastal waters and coral reefs off West Hawai‘i are from human sources, like fertilizer run off. The study was published last month.
Professor Emeritus of Biology Bill Mautz has authored an article about finding colonies of the Hawai‘i skink on the sea cliffs of Hāmākua.
With the prestigious honor of “Top 25 Abstract,” a team of UH Hilo and University of Guam students presented their work virtually at an annual regional conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
The researchers have concluded that without a wastewater treatment plant, 69 percent of the Puakō area they sampled would be out of compliance with health department water quality standards.
Shugeng Cao and team are focusing their research on natural anticancer and antibacterial molecules from marine microorganisms and terrestrial fungi and bacteria.
Local surfer and fisherman Crispin Nakoa is now a graduate student at UH Hilo, working with marine scientists to identify areas impacted by sewage pollution along Hawai‘i Island’s coastline.
The research of UH Hilo geography professor Ryan Perroy was showcased this week at the United Nations’ global Climate Change Conference, COP26. Professor Perroy and research team are generating a comprehensive inventory for Hawaiʻi Island’s 428 kilometers of coastline.
This year, survey teams find a more than seven-fold increase in wēkiu bugs on Maunakea compared to recent surveys. The increased abundance could be a function of increased precipitation on the mountain this past year.