School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

SOEST in the News: 2005 Archive

tsumani heads towards the hawaiian islands

December 25 : Would rubber barriers block energy from tsunami waves?

Kwok Fai Cheung from Ocean and Resources Engineering is hoping the National Science Foundation will help him address this question in a proposal he is submitting. He would work with the tsunami laboratory at Oregon State University to test this theory.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of the Hawaii Sea Grant / SOEST.

tumor on corals

December 25 : Looking at diseases on coral reef

HIMB researcher Greta Aeby is working to increase the amount of research into coral diseases in Hawaii, hoping to avoid the devastation seen in coral communities in other parts of the world.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of the Greta Aeby, HIMB / SOEST.

Satellite image showing "heartbeat of ocean"

December 19 : Heartbeat of ocean found in tiny plants

HOTS Oceanographers in SOEST have identified what they describe as the "heartbeat" of the ocean, a previously unknown cycle of marine fertility near Hawai'i that could be fueling fisheries in ways science has not until now recognized.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser. Image courtesy of NOAA.

cleaning up marine debris

November 28 : UH Sea Grant helps clean up the islands

Organized in part by University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, shoreline cleanup efforts on the Big Island and Northwestern Hawaiian Isles mark progress against stray nets and debris that threaten ocean life.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of UH Sea Grant / SOEST.

Kamehameha students at sea on Kilo Moana

November 21 : Students at Sea on the Kilo Moana

Four Kamehameha students voyaged on the R/V Kilo Moana with oceanographer Paulo Calil, to help conduct research, and inspire a new generation of marine scientists.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser. Image courtesy of Paulo Calil/SOEST.

Deaf and Blind students learn about Hanauma Bay

November 21 : Hanauma Bay Education Program helps disabled teens

Students from the Hawaii Center for Deaf and Blind spent a week learning, and then teaching to younger students, the geology, history and biology of Hanauma Bay.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser. Image courtesy of the Honolulu Advertiser.

David Karl, SOEST Oceanographer

November 7 : David Karl honored by MBARI

David Karl, SOEST oceanographer and microbial biologist, has been honored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute for achievements and leadership in his field.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Thin layers in ocean

October 24: Mysterious ‘thin layers’ of plankton found in Island waters

A team of SOEST oceanographers are studying sheet-like clouds of plankton marine life that occasionally appear in coastal waters off the Islands. Margaret McManus is one of the pioneers studying the plankton and will lead a session on “Oceanography and Ecology of Thin Plankton Layers” at the 2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting in February.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser. Image courtesy of Margaret McManus / SOEST.

Whale carcas on bottom of ocean floor

October : Whale falls not just carcass, it’s dinner

Studies by Craig Smith (Department of Oceanography) are showing that, in death, whales give life—their giant, slowly decaying carcasses supporting communities of fauna that make so-called “whale falls” among the most diverse habitats in the deep sea.

Read more about it in the E / The Environmental Magazine Image courtesy of Craig Smith / SOEST.

Corals in Flume on Coconut Island

October 18 : Carbon dioxide may hinder coral growth

HIMB researcher Marlin Atkinson studies the relationship between higher concentrations of carbon dioxide and coral growth from Coconut Island in Kaneohe Bay. 

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of Marlin Atkinson / HIMB / SOEST.

New tsunami maps to be generated

October 17 : New tsunami models bring updated evacuation maps

Kwok Fai Cheung from Ocean and Resources Engineering and his graduate students are working on new tsunami models for Oahu, and updating the islands evacuations maps.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image of black smoker

October 16 : Study revises view of ocean volcanoes

Rocks formed by underwater volcanoes are much younger than believed, indicating eruptions are more frequent than suspected, Department of Geology and Geophysics researchers led by Associate Professor Ken Rubin have discovered.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of Ken Rubin / GG / SOEST.

Students watch a wave machine at the SOEST Open House

October 15 : SOEST is the Hot Spot for Cool Science!

Students from private, public and home schools were hosted by SOEST last week where they enjoyed many hands-on demonstrations, presentations, laboratory tours, computer animation, high-tech displays and learning activities put on by the school's scientists, researchers, staff and students.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of Bob Chin, UH EAUR.

DJ Johnson

October 6: G&G Alum Daniel J. (DJ) Johnson killed in Washington crash

Dan Johnson and colleague Tony Qamar were killed October 4th in an accident with a logging truck in Washington State. Dan received his PhD in the Dept of Geology and Geophysics in 1989, and was working at Central Washington University.

Read more about it in the Central Washington University press release or the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Image courtesy of DJ's website, www.volcanic.com.

David Karl

September 27 : David Karl receives Distinguished Scientist Award

David Karl from the Dept of Oceanography has received the Hawaii Academy of Science's 2005 Distinguished Research Scientist Award. Karl is one of only three Hawaii scientists and educators to receive this award. Congratulations, Dave!

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of David Karl / SOEST.

Meteorite ALH84001

September 16: Possible birthplace of famous meteorite identified

The original home of the world's most famous space rock, the Martian meteorite Allen Hills 84001, has now been identified, thanks to Vicky Hamilton of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Hamilton presented her analysis of where the meteorite may have come from on Mars at a recent meeting of the Meteoritical Society in Tennessee.

Read more about it in the New Scientist. Image courtesy of NASA.

September 9 : UH tackling tsunami reactions

The National Science Foundation has awarded $500,000 to a group headed by UH volcanology professor Bruce Houghton to develop a "tsunami preparedness model" to help emergency workers improve public alerts.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin or the Honolulu Advertiser. Image courtesy of Chris Gregg / ETSU.

September 7 : Retired professor pioneered tropical meteorology

James C. Sadler, an internationally noted meteorologist who had a distinguished career at the University of Hawai‘i, where he taught meteorology 22 years, is remembered for being “one of the foremost meteorologists of his time, and one of the founders of tropical meteorology as a discipline.”

Read more about James in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

August 10 : Submarine Ring of Fire Expedition a Resounding Success

The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory and the crew of the R/V Kaimikai-O-Kanaloa return from a highly successful deep-diving cruise in the South Pacific exploring submarine volcanoes.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin or the NOAA news article. Image courtesy of NOAA / NURP.

July 5: Klaus Keil appointed to NAS Space Studies Board

Klaus Keil, interim dean of SOEST and planetary scientist, has been appointed to the Space Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of EAUR / UH.

June 28 : SOEST researchers study sea floor for catastrophic events

Gary McMurtry and Lloyd French will be using a deep ocean mass spectrometer to look at the chemistry of seismically active sea floor off Costa Rica.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of Gary McMurtry / SOEST.

June 21 : Tiny ocean species hold surprises

David Karl and other University of Hawai‘i oceanographers are part of an international group trying to unravel the secrets of microscopic life in the ocean using observations and data collected at Station Aloha.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of HOT / SOEST.

Shark

June 14 : HIMB scientists track shark movement

Two UH ocean scientists, both with the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, are conducting separate research projects at five sites in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to understand how much the animals move between different reefs.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser. Image courtesy of HIMB / SOEST.

Coconut Island

June 13 : New radio technology opens possibilities for UH

A radio beam developed in Hawaii that stands to revolutionize high-speed wireless transmissions over short distances, has been adopted by HIMB on Coconut Island in Kaneohe Bay, to communicate to the UH Manoa campus through a transceiver at Windward Community College.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of HIMB / SOEST.

HURL submersible

June 12 : Underwater Wealth

UH microbial researchers will be among those studying the discovered microorganisms gathered during dives in the South Pacific Ocean using Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) submersibles. The microorganisms are being researched for possible industrial and pharmaceutical uses.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of HURL / SOEST.

Klaus Keil

June 9 : Lab to write Solar History

A $1.5 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation will allow Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology researchers to obtain an ion probe to analyze bits of cosmic dust.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of UH EAUR / SOEST.

Hawaii Sea Grant Logo

May 31 : Hunting "Ghost Nets" in the Pacific

Mary Donohue, Associate Director of University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, comments on a joint NOAA/NASA venture to locate and clean up lost fishing nets in the Pacific Ocean.

Listen to the NPR interview on All Things Considered. Image courtesy of Hawaii Sea Grant / SOEST.

Dolphin

May 30 : Federal funds to aid HIMB research on ocean mammal noise

The defense spending bill passed by the U.S. House contains $2.2 million for expansion of the Marine Mammal Research Program's research on hearing of whales and dolphins.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of SOEST.

Mars

May 28 : High-olivine region expanded on Mars

A study co-authored by HIGP researcher Vicky Hamilton has concluded that a region of high-olvine Martian bedrock is actually 4 times larger than previously thought, offering clues about water — or the lack of water — on the Red Planet.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser, or the Honolulu Star Bulletin. You can also see the pdf of the Press Release. Image courtesy of Vicky Hamilton / HIGP / SOEST.

Nafanua

May 19 and 26 : New South Pacific volcano discovered

Scientists using Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory submersibles have discovered a new volcano off of Samoa, named Nafanua after the Samoan goddess of war.

Read more about the volcano on the KGMB 9 web site, and the AP article on ABCNews.com. here's also a May 19 story on South Pacific cruise on the KGMB 9 web site. Image courtesy of SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography.

Gary Huss and Klaus Keil

May 23 : UH gets $1.5M astronomy grant

The W.M. Keck Foundation has given the University of Hawaii 1.5 Million dollars to support a new ion microprobe, part of a new UH cosmochemistry laboratory to be located at the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser, on the KHNL web site. You can also see the Press Release. Image courtesy of Bob Chinn / University Relations.

Judith Vergun

May 18 : Judith Vergun receives Presidential Award

The Kumu Ola: Source of Knowledge Director is among the recipients of Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Read more about it in the Corvallis Gazette-Times or see the Press Release. Image courtesy of Bob Chinn / University Relations.

PFRP yellowfin tune inage.

April 30 : Tuna fears exaggerated

John Sibert and colleagues from the Pelagic Fisheries Research Program say that recent claims of Pacific tuna being disastrously over fished are exaggerated.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Discussion and responses to the Nature letter can be found on the PFRP Large Pelagics web site. Image by Nancy Hulbirt, courtesy of PFRP / SOEST.

Hawaii Sea Grant Logo

April 13 : Sea Grant turns to urban issues

Long associated with environmental and coastal issues, the UH Sea Grant College Program is quickly transforming its mission and reach to deal with problems of urban design and growth.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser. Image courtesy of Hawaii Sea Grant / SOEST.

Cyanobacteria

April 5 : Cyanobacteria toxin linked to nerve ailments

Oceanographer and Center for Marine Microbial Ecology & Diversity (CMMED) director Bob Bidigare was part of a research team that discovered that bacteria found in waters throughout the world might produce a toxin linked to certain neurological diseases.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of Dept. of Oceanography / SOEST.

Moon

March 29: Earth’s moon is still a puzzle…

Planetary scientist Paul Lucey describes how craters in the lunar polar regions are super-cold traps for the debris scattered by comets crashing into the surface, and could provide clues to the origins of life on Earth.

Read more about it in Space.com. Image courtesy of NASA.

Students in a boat

March 28: Monitoring the reefs

Oceanographers in SOEST have been studying “coupled environments” of land and water in some of Hawai‘i’s coastal zones to determine whether they emit carbon dioxide or absorb it as does the ocean.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of Fred MacKenzie / SOEST.

tsunami model

March 21: UH computer models calculate tsunami flooding

Researchers at the UH Sea Grant College Program and the Ocean and Resources Engineering have developed sophisticated models to predict coastal flooding in Hawaii from tsunamis generated by distant earthquakes.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of UH Sea Grant / SOEST

I-401 Submarine

March 20: HURL scientists discover Japanese submarine

The deep-diving scientists of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory's Pisces submarines have discovered off of Barber's Point, Oahu, the remains of the Imperial Japanese Navy's I-401 submarine, a gigantic underwater aircraft carrier built to bomb the Panama Canal.

For more information and pictures please see the HURL I-401 web site. You can also read about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of HURL / SOEST.

map of earthquake swarms

March 9: Swarm of undersea quakes prompts rapid response cruise

Researchers from the Department of Oceanography were part of a RIDGE program rapid response cruise following a swarm of undersea quakes off of Vancouver Island, Canada.

For a list of articles written about this cruise see the VENTS program research page. A post cruise review is also available from the Seattle Times. Image courtesy of PMEL / NOAA.

HURL submersible Pisces V

March 9: Vessel readies for deep-sea expedition

Researchers from Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, jointly operated by UH and NOAA, will leave on their most challenging mission yet on March 18 when they will begin their 5-month exploration of some of the world's largest and most active undersea volcanoes, stretching from New Zealand to Tonga.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image courtesy of HURL / SOEST.

Margaret McManus

Feb 24: SOEST oceanographer receives defense grants

Margaret McManus from the Department of Oceanography is one of several UH scientists to receive grants from the Defense Department to purchase equipment to conduct spatial analysis and 3D structure of thin layers.

Read more about it in Pacific Business News. Image courtesy of M. McManus / SOEST.

Scotch Cap Lighthouse

Feb 12: HIGP professor provides tsunami clues

Gerard Fryer has tracked one of the 20th Century's worst tsunami, which swept from Alaska through the Pacific in 1946, killing more than 150 people. His findings may change how scientists study tsunami and how we prepare for them.

Read more about it in SitNews (Alaska). Image of the Scotch Cap Lighthouse courtesy of US Coast Guard and NOAA/NGDC

Fred and Terri Duennebier

Feb 8: Fred Duennebier named UH Outstanding Alumni

Congratulations go to Fred Duennebier! He is one of eight distinguished alumni who will be recognized by the University of Hawai'i at the annual awards dinner in May.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Image of Fred and Terri Duennebier courtesy of Fred Duennebier.

George Walker in the field

Jan 27: George Walker Remembered

George P.L. Walker, former Geology and Geophysics professor and world-renowned volcanologist, is remembered for his research on understanding how basaltic volcanoes grow.

Read more about him in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, the Guardian, and the Times. Image of George Walker courtesy of SOEST Publications.

Kona Event

Jan 23 and 24: Mapping Hawai‘i’s cataclysmic future

Gerard Fryer (in part one), and Gary McMurtry (in part two), and other SOEST researchers try to map out Hawai‘i’s cataclysmic future in order prepare the state should tsunamis and earthquakes occur.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin (part one and part two). Image courtesy of Gerard Fryer, HIGP / SOEST.

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