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.
The 2019 spring semester was packed with achievements at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Here are a few of the top stories.
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 interview-based study—a collaborative effort between UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, Chaminade University, and a community group—importantly documents some of the challenges faced by Micronesians moving to and living in Hawai‘i.
The provocative aspect of the study is in its relatively accepting attitude towards nonnative, noninvasive plant species, often the traditional nemesis of ecologists.
The gift from Hawaii Forest & Trail will support research and technologies to reduce mosquito populations that spread avian disease in Hawai‘i.
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.