UH Hilo Assistant Professor of Management Todd Inouye and a team of researchers find the “America First” policy actually encourages minority entrepreneurs to expand through activating their diaspora networks in order to do more business abroad.
The study, a collaboration of state agencies along with UH Hilo faculty and alumni now working in health and science fields, shows staph and fecal indicator bacteria in Hilo Bay increase with rainfall and river discharge. Cloudy water is associated with higher bacteria concentrations, and high salinity with lower bacteria concentrations.
Geography student Jesse Tabor is doing bee research with his mentor Jonathan Koch (a UH Hilo alumnus now a post doc at his alma mater). The research—identifying habitats of nonnative and native bees—could prove to be critical to preserving Hawai‘i native bee populations.
Researchers Maya Munstermann and Matthew Knope hope the results of their innovative research will help conservationists and policy makers develop better strategies for targeting species for protection.
A team of UH Hilo faculty & undergraduate students investigated whether or not computer vision tools can detect disease on coral reefs as well as the human eye. The findings? Machines can complement human evaluation.
On a routine summer expedition to do an annual survey of the reef at French Frigate Shoals, UH marine scientists made two unexpected discoveries: a demolished reef and an invasive alga.
The lead investigators of the project, horticultural researchers Sharad Marahatta and Norman Arancon, say the findings could benefit local farmers and the entire agricultural community of Hawai‘i.
The researchers did the study on Kaua‘i because it is in crisis mode: bird populations are crashing due to disease and habitat loss, and with that, the species are losing their songs.
Ten Marshallese students were trained over the summer in scientific methods of collecting data on water quality, algae cover, and reef composition. The students did the research themselves, in the Marshall Islands, and the knowledge and skills they gained will be of great benefit to their communities and the environment of their homeland.
Students at UH Hilo, among others, will have the opportunity to do research with new cutting-edge technology at the UH 2.2-meter telescope on Maunakea.