UH Hilo launches coral information websites

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Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Researchers and students at the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo have launched a pair of websites providing information on the health of various coral reefs around Hawai╩╗i Island.

A research team led by Dr. Misaki Takabayashi, an associate professor in marine science, has spent the past seven years conducting investigations.

https://hilo.hawaii.edu/coralhealth/sites/waiopae.php provides basic information about coral health and diseases along with the researchers' data on coral disease prevalence at several sites around Hawai╩╗i Island.

TakabayashiÔÇÖs team included Ph.D. student John Burns, masterÔÇÖs students Makani Gregg and Monika Frazier, and undergraduates Niegel Rozet, Eva Farah, Lauren Kapono, and Danielle Claar.

The health of corals is considered to be fundamental to Hawai╩╗iÔÇÖs ocean life with direct cultural, environmental and economic significance. Researchers hope that the websites will help Hawai╩╗i residents understand the importance of a healthy coral community and the state of its health at various reefs around the island.

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