Department News

UH Hilo Geography Major Savanna Geiger Awarded Department's Annual Juvik Scholarship

Geography student Savanna Geiger with horses

Savanna Geiger won the Geography and Environmental Science Annual Juvik Scholarship for Geography. The Juvik Scholarship Award is for high achieving seniors within the department.

Congratulations Savanna!

UH Hilo Environmental Science Major Olivia Jarvis Awarded Department's Annual Juvik Scholarship

Environmental Science student Olivia Jarvis in front of a river

Olivia Jarvis won the Geography and Environnmental Science Annual Juvik Scholarship for Environmental Science. The Juvik Scholarship Award is for high achieving seniors within the department.

Congratulations Olivia!

UH Hilo Geographer Ryan Perroy’s research on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death and feral pig presence is recognized in Hawaiʻi News

Lehua Blossom

UH Hilo professor Ryan Perroy publishes paper on spatial patterns of ʻŌhiʻa mortality associated with ungulate presence in Hawaiʻi forests. Learn more about Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death from the feature on Hawaiʻi News Now and read the paper published in Forests journal.

UH Hilo Environmental Science graduate Tyler Gerken has Master’s research published in Antibiotics

Tyler Gerken collecting water samples in Puna, Hawaiʻi

UH Hilo undergraduate, PIPES intern, and recent graduate from University of Washington School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences conducted research into the prevalence of antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus on Hawaiʻi’s shorelines. Read more about MRSA at Coastal Beaches and Rivers on Hawaiʻi Island.

Environmental Science major Olivia Jarvis is UH Hilo's first Conference Scholar Athlete of the year

Olivia Jarvis running for UH Hilo cross country

UH Hilo student Olivia Jarvis received the Pacific West Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year award in cross country running. Read more about Olivia Jarvis and the Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

UH Hilo Professor Michelle Shuey discusses empowering students through these difficult times of the Pandemic

Michelle Shuey with background of Hawaiʻi Island

Environmental geographer Michelle Shuey encourages students to focus on their education and feel empowered about what they can do for the environment during these difficult times. Read more about her shift into the online classroom environment.

What does Earth Day mean to you?

Hawaiʻi Community College and UH Hilo campus members share what Earth Day means to them

"Lā Honua-Earth Day 2020 Kauhale Video Project" shares testimonials from members of the Hawaiʻi Community College and UH Hilo communities about what Earth Day means to them. Watch the video.

Geography student maps the ahupuaʻa of Puna

Kaylyn and Drew holding up a map of ahupuaʻa

Geography student, Kaylyn Ells-Hoʻokano, co-created a map with mentor Drew Kapp of the Puna ahupuaʻa district. The work honors traditional details including original names and ways of understating the landscape. Learn more about her project.

UH Hilo student Jesse Tabor researches native and nonnative bee habitats in Hawaiʻi

Jesse Tabor working on his research in the lab

Geography student Jesse Tabor and mentor Jonathan Koch examine habitat ranges of Hawaiʻi's native and nonnative bee populations. This is continuing research from his summer internship with the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES). Read more about Jesse's research.

Environmental Science major explores other fields including global language revitalization and documentary film making

Environmental Science student Zoë Whitney

Inspired by her performing arts class, UH Hilo student Zoë Whitney decided to create a documentary based on the movement to revitalize indigenous languages globally. Read more about her film and other language revitalization efforts at UH Hilo.

Geographer Ryan Perroy explains use of drones and mapping technology in his Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death research

Ryan Perroy explaining his research

UH Hilo professor Ryan Perroy explains the innovative technology used in his award-winning Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death research. Watch the video.

UH Hilo Geographer Ryan Perroy wins prize for Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death research

Ryan Perroy wins prize for Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death research

Geographer Ryan Perroy wins The ʻŌhiʻa Challenge for his exciting and innovative research used in detecting the spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. Read more about his research and the competition.

UH Hilo students utilize advanced visualization techniques for applicable scientific data

Research assistant Erica Ta works on converting data sets to visualized images

The geography, art and computer science department collaborated on a data visualization course. This course offers students a dynamic and hands-on classroom while spreading awareness of the environmental issues facing Hawaiian ecosystems. Learn more about this course.