Just a Cool Worm for Independence Day

In celebration of the 4th of July, I’m sharing a picture of a worm whose body is reminiscent of a firecracker. The process of sorting cores goes rather slowly. After coring sediments and sieving out macrofauna (anything bigger than 0.5 mm), everything gets preserved in formalin with seawater, waiting to be sorted and identified. Usually … Continue reading

Beads Fall Into Burrows. Can You Dig It?

While we are busying ourselves aboveground, marching around, measuring things, and generally living our terrestrial lives, there is a whole lot of activity going on beneath our feet: an underworld bristling with burrowers, both on land and at sea. This world is fascinating, and we also have a hard time truly comprehending it, or seeing … Continue reading

Little Shop of Cores: What Lives in He’eia’s Sediments

These invertebrates were found in sediment cores from the edge of the pond, all of them areas were mangroves had been removed (See “Old Scourge, New Questions,” January 30th). Some organisms may have been living a few centimeters underneath the sediment surface, while others may have had shallower burrows– since these samples were depth-integrated, we … Continue reading

Back To Bacteria: A “Big, Rotten Loofah”

More on the mangrove story: This Tuesday we took sediment cores from two areas where mangrove overstory (prop roots and trunks) were cut down in 2007 and 2008. In these areas, dead stumps still stick out of the mud, and a thick, fibrous root mat stabilizes the sediments. Even though the overstory was removed four … Continue reading

Old Scourge, New Questions

There are some new project developments at hand! In addition to examining invasive algal canopies, I’ve also started some preliminary work on a new structure-forming alien species: red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle). Mangroves, while important nutrient sources and nursery grounds in their native habitats, are alien species in Hawai’i, with quite different effects on the native … Continue reading

  • Mahalo Nui Loa

    I recently graduated from the Donahue Lab at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and am currently a graduate student at the University of Washington. This research is funded by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, as well a scholarship from the Seattle chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation.
  • “Where do ecological ideas come from? …Most do not spring deductively from the minds of ecologists, like Athena from the head of Zeus. Instead, they emerge when ecologists absorb the essential spirit of individual places– their genius loci.”

    ~Mary V. Price & Ian Billick, "The Ecology of Place"
  • “Aloha is the intelligence with which we meet life.”

    ~Olana A'i, Kumu Hula

  • “I no longer say ‘Hawaiian ways of knowing’ anymore. Because people relegate that to the margins. ‘Ways of knowing,’ as if it’s a quaint, anthropologic way of describing something outside us. No, it’s ‘epistemology,’ the philosophy of knowledge. Land educates. ‘Ike ‘aina. The land of your birth educates you. This land here educates you.”

    ~Manu Meyer