School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

SOEST Bulletin

Vol. 25, No. 43, October 23, 2014 (updated 10/24/14)

Calendar of Events

Monday, October 27

No events.

Tuesday, October 28

No events.

Wednesday, October 29

Hawaii Inst. of Marine Biology seminar: Rebecca Asch, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University, Will Climate Change Result in Mismatches Between Fish and Phytoplankton Phenology? Empirical Evidence from the California Current and Earth System Model (ESM) Forecasts, Pauley Classroom/CI, 12:00 p.m.

Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences thesis defense: Brandon Bukunt, Graduate Student, UHM Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, The Collapse of Hurricane Felicia (2009), MSB 100, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 30

Dept. of Oceanography seminar: Nyssa Silbiger, Graduate Assistant, UHM Hawaii Inst. of Marine Biology, The Coral Reef Balancing Act: Impacts of Climate Change on Accretion-Erosion in the Context of Natural Variability, MSB 100, 3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 31

Dept. of Geology and Geophysics TGIF seminar: Jonathan Goya, Graduate Student, Quantitative and Computational Biology, Princeton University, TBA, POST 723, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 2

Hanauma Bay Educational Lecture Series: This week's speakers are as follows.

Hanauma Bay Education Center, 3:00 p.m. Public parking is $1.00/vehicle. Admittance to the lecture presentation will begin at 2:45 p.m. outside the entrance to the Education Center by the benches. Those who are attending the lecture presentation only and are admitted at this time by the Education staff will bypass the admission window. Please do not arrive earlier than 2:45 p.m. Patrons attending ONLY the Educational Lecture will be given a special red "Hawaii Sea Grant" hand stamp that will allow access into the education alcove for the lecture but no access to the beach itself. The lecture will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Please note: anyone who wishes to go to the beach before the lecture, will be processed through the regular admission line and shall pay the admission fee of $7.50 (if you are not a Hawaii resident). These education programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, go to the online Calendar of Events.


Dr. Darren T. Lerner Named New Director of University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program: Dr. Darren T. Lerner has been named the new director of the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant), and interim director of the UH Water Resources Research Center. Dr. Lerner takes over the helm from Dr. E. Gordon Grau who served as director for nearly 15 years. Dr. Grau, professor in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai'i for over 30 years, is stepping down from the directorship to focus his attention on mentoring students and furthering his research on fish endocrinology and environmental physiology at his laboratory at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, where he has spent the majority of his illustrious career.

In his new position, Dr. Lerner will lead and serve the program's scholarly and creative faculty, staff, and partners in successfully moving UH Sea Grant forward to face the challenges as well as embrace the many opportunities that lie ahead. The unique environments in Hawai'i and the Pacific region are already changing under the influence of rising ocean levels, coastal erosion, invasive species, increasing land-use and development, pollution, and surging populations, to name a few.

Dr. Lerner earned his bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from the University of Missouri, Columbia; a master's degree in zoology from Oregon State University; and a PhD in organismic and evolutionary biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Following a USDA sponsored postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Lerner was appointed as affiliate research faculty at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, where he conducts a research program focused on the environmental physiology of fishes with an emphasis on the impact of environmental contaminants on fish growth, physiology, and behavior.

Global Environmental Science 2014 Senior Thesis Project Advertisement Presentation: Do you have a potential research project for Global Environmental Science (GES) undergraduate students? GES faculty and interested researchers are invited to present possible projects on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, MSB 100, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in participating please e-mail Kristin Momohara ( by Friday, Oct. 31 with the following information.

A sample of research projects last presented is available online.

GES students will attend this presentation to see your potential research projects and ask questions. Your slides will also be posted on the GES website after the meeting. All GES students are required to complete a senior thesis project, which they work on for approximately one academic year. At the end of their last semester before graduating, they are required to write a final thesis and present it at a public presentation. If you have any questions please contact Michael Guidry at

Sea Grant College Program Request for Proposals: The University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program is requesting preliminary proposals for funding available beginning February 1, 2016 and ending January 31, 2018. Application deadline is November 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. HST. For more information please visit their website for complete details.

SOEST Contribution List Online

A list of the fifty most recent publications assigned SOEST numbers is available here.

Latest SOEST Grants Received

(New grant unless amount is designated "supplement.")

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