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.
Graduate student Koa Matsuoka was awarded Honorable Mention in the category of Graduate Student Oral Presentation; Matthew Dye received Honorable Mention in the category of Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation.
In a new video, geographer Ryan Perroy, an associate professor at UH Hilo, explains the technology he uses in his award-winning research into the spread of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death.
Associate Professor of Geography Ryan Perroy won The ‘Ōhi‘a Challenge with his innovative use of drones and remote sensing devices to detect Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, a fungus decimating Hawaiian forests. The competition was sponsored by Conservation X Labs, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, the National Invasive Species Council Secretariat, and the National Park Service.
Noted accomplishments for the year: the university launched a new certificate in data science, established a new aeronautical sciences degree program, and the doctor of nursing practice program was granted permanent status.
In the June 26 episode of PBS’s Changing Seas, entitled, “Mystery of the Humpback Whale Song,” viewers journey to waters off Maui as UH Hilo Professor Adam Pack collaborates with Marc Lammers, UH Mānoa graduate and affiliate research faculty at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology and marine biology graduate program.
For the first time in more than 50 years, the sound of the ‘ua‘u or Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis) was heard on Maunakea thanks to research funded by the Office of Maunakea Management and done by UH Hilo bioaccoustics researchers.