We regularly talk about fishponds in Kane'ohe bay, but as we know the quality of the water is related to the quality of the land that feeds the water in. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about some of the issues in the He'eia Ahupua'a, see the info below.
Aloha Thursday Evening Patrons,
On Thursday evening November 8th, the UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program resumes its public outreach series at the City and County of Honolulu’s Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Multiple UH Sea Grant Graduate Trainees will each provide a 15 minute presentation on their research.
Water we going to do! Planning for sustainable future at the He‘eia ahupua‘a
Gabrielle Weiss, Graduate Student, Department of Geology & Geophysics, UHM
Gabrielle grew up enjoying the beaches of southern California and was determined to become a marine scientist once she began SCUBA diving. She attended the University of California, Berkeley; in the department of earth and planetary sciences where she studied the carbon cycle in the ocean and the movement of nutrients throughout the different ocean basins. Now as a graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i she is studying the movement of groundwater and how long it is expected to last in the future.
Connecting food sovereignty with wetlands restoration in He‘eia
Ashley Lukens, PhD Candidate, Political Science, UHM
Ashley Lukens is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at UHM, with a focus on alternative food systems. She is also a Sea Grant Graduate Trainee, working with Professor Hokulani Aikau to document the impact of shifting land use practices in He‘eia wetland and to develop culturally appropriate ecosystem management strategies. Ashley is also the co-owner of Baby Awareness, and a founding member of the Hawai‘i Food Policy Council.
Cleaning up with kalo: How lo‘i restoration affects nitrogen levels in He‘eia wetlands
Jenny Fung, MS Student, Biology Department, UHM
Jenny is currently a second year masters student in the Biology Department at UHM. She works with Dr. Florence Thomas at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, where she conducts research regarding collector urchin fertilization and development. As a Sea Grant Graduate Trainee, she also works alongside Kako'o 'Oiwi, measuring nitrogen levels and testing the water quality along the wetlands of He'eia Stream.
The state of Heeia fishpond: Discovering seasonality via monthly water quality analysis
Danielle Hull, MS Candidate, Oceanography-Marine Geochemistry, UHM
In 2010, Danielle attained a BS in Global Environmental Science from UHM. As an undergraduate she assisted with research at He‘eia fishpond that lead to the synthesis of a thesis on the quantification of alkaline phosphatase – an enzyme used to indicate phosphate stress. She is currently working towards an MS in Oceanography-Marine Geochemistry. Her research focuses on coastal nutrient biogeochemistry with an emphasis in characterizing the dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) pool, an often overlooked but potentially important source of phosphorus. In particular, she is interested in understanding the bioavailability of DOP for biological uptake and growth. Ultimately, she intends to characterize the DOP pool in He‘eia fishpond and gain insights on the role DOP plays in fishpond productivity.
As always, these events begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening in the theatre at the Hanauma Bay Education Center. Events are free and open to the public, with no charge for parking after 5:30 p.m. We hope to see you on Thursday evening! These 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, navigate to the “Calendar of Events” located at http://hbep.seagrant.soest.
Shawn Carrier, Outreach Education Specialist
UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay