UH Hilo senior Nicolas Vanderzyl, majoring in marine science, is collecting and analyzing data about the effectiveness of a new machine designed to remove microplastics from the sediments of beach sand. The research is being conducted at Kamilo Point on Hawai‘i Island.
The students spoke with scientists, conservationists, and representatives from local environmental organizations at dozens of booths lining UH Hilo’s Campus Center Plaza and Library Lanai.
The theme, “Emerging techniques for research and conservation in a changing planet,” was reflected in many of the presentations, notably harnessing cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of ecosystems under stress from climate change and other anthropogenic threats. Keynotes: Paula Ayotte and John Burns.
The group attended the 2019 Southern Graphics Council International printmaking conference in Dallas. Professor of Art Jon Goebel says attending professional conferences is an excellent way for his students to network and hone their craft.
Through abstracts, videos, and infographics, UH Hilo students taking a course on rhetoric are applying their skills of persuasion to the modern goal of advocating Hawai‘i’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
The provocative aspect of the study is in its relatively accepting attitude towards nonnative, noninvasive plant species, often the traditional nemesis of ecologists.
John H. R. Burns is converting past data and 2D images of reefs into 3D reconstructions. The 3D imagery gives scientists and the public more information than previously available through traditional mapping methods.
A science-art collaboration between two professors and two students produced a work of modern art in honor of coral reefs, now on exhibit at annual show in Honolulu.
Rebekah Loving is researching RNA-Seq, and her work is getting noticed. The UH Hilo senior is one of 41 finalists for a prestigious Hertz Foundation Fellowship and has received acceptance letters offering full funding to doctoral programs in biostatistics, computational biology, and computer science from a veritable “who’s who” of top research universities.
The students are using data from the natural sciences to create interactive and immersive data visualizations to promote public awareness of environmental issues facing Hawaiian ecosystems.