Study: A new aerial device, used to collect larger ‘ōhi‘a branches to test for Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death in Hawai‘i’s forests, has led to a higher rate of successful diagnostic testing.
A group of UH Hilo psychology majors and an alum participated over the summer of 2021 in an internship program with military special operations health foundations.
UH Hilo environmental studies major Saxony Charlot drew the ‘akepa with ‘ohelo berries, partially inspired by her experiences in the field, but also inspired by a biologist who suggested this lesser-known ecological pairing.
The research team collected soil samples at urban, agriculture, and native-forest land uses in the Hilo Bay watershed.
The Hawai‘i-Alaska collaboration provides a way for scientists and students to explore steep watershed ecosystems found in both locales that are seemingly different but actually quite similar.
Among other objectives, the researchers are trying to understand and predict how human and natural stressors influence what species are present in a reef ecosystem.
The research outcomes will help build a new data-driven knowledge economy through computer and data science that can be applied throughout Hawai‘i to areas in critical need due to climate change.
The multi-faceted project is strengthening intercampus partnerships, developing mentorships, supporting students in their research, and providing a platform for practitioners from across Oceania to share their stories.