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December 05 - Seminar "Hawaii's marine species and the federal Endangered Species Act & Marine Mammal Protection Act" Dr. Lance Smith, Regulatory Branch Chief & Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator for the Protected Resources Division at NOAA NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 2:30-3:30pm, Hawaii Loa Campus AC 101. (see flyer)
Biology and Marine Science faculty members Brenda Jensen and Kristi West are presenting current research on Hawaiian whales and dolphins at the 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Also attending are MSMS graduate Jessica Jacob (2012) and finishing MSMS students Melannie Bachman and Angela Hansen. All are presenting their thesis research that includes work on diseases and contaminants found in Hawaii's whales and dolphins.
MS in Marine Science graduate, Pam Michael, publishes part of her thesis in Fisheries Oceanography, entited , "Relative influence of static and dynamic features on black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) habitat use in central California Sanctuaries." Coauthors J. Jahncke and Ms. Michael’s research mentor Dr. David Hyrenbach. A pdf version of the article can be viewed here.
Marine Mammal Stranding Program Director, Kristi West, Ph.D., retrieves samples from a 55-foot sperm whale carcass that was towed ashore to Heeia Kea Small Boat Harbor. (Hawaii News Now, KHON, Star-Advertiser) HPU Marine Mammal Stranding Program, led by Dr. Kristi West, is hit by government funding cuts. The program is central to establishing what factors in the Pacific Ocean are threatening whales and dolphins. (HPU Today) (Hawaii News Now)
Dr. David Hyrenbach, Assistant Professor of Oceanography, contributes with an inter-disciplinary team of 20 researchers from 14 organizations from the Western US and Japan to summarize the spatial overlap of three North Pacific albatross species and fisheries off the U.S. West Coast. (see article)
Dr. David Field, Dr. Keith Korsmeyer and Dr. Eric Vetter were interviewed on NBC News to provide perspective on the molasses spill and received national coverage. (Full Story)
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HPU teams with Hawai’i Audubon to improve nesting habitat for Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at the Freeman Seabird Preserve, Blackpoint, O’ahu
The Hawai’i Pacific University pelagicos lab continues to work with Hawai’i Audubon to restore the one-acre Freeman Seabird Preserve at Blackpoint. Volunteers worked every Saturday morning during the non-breeding season (early January to mid March), weeding invasive plants and planting native vegetation. This year, our team also manufactured shearwater nesting sites out of rocks and roof tiles to provide the birds with shade, after the removal of introduced sea grape trees. The first breeding birds were sighted on the colony last week and one of the artificial nests was already occupied. We will monitor chick survivorship and growth from mid-July to mid-December, working with undergraduate students enrolled in a new seabird ecology and conservation class. The 2013 season will be the fifth year of ongoing monitoring, with current predictions for neutral El Niño conditions suggesting this will be a good year for breeding shearwaters. (Image Gallery)
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