A new publication!

Aloha pond-lovers: Good news! The paper that resulted from my mangrove project is now published online in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. The abstract is below, but I will summarize even more succinctly here: 1) Mangrove roots decompose much more slowly in He’eia fishpond than they do in their native range 2) … Continue reading

Venturing Out of the Pond

It has been several months since my last post, and many exciting developments have occurred since then! I have much to share, but the first and most important change is that I have finished my Masters project in the fishpond and begun a new series of studies in the Pacific Northwest, where I just began … Continue reading

Whatever Sinks Your Boat: Pests as a Conservation Tool

Teredo worms (or shipworms), which are actually bivalves of the family Teredinidae, are legendary in their appetites for ship hulls, wood pilings, or any other wood found in the ocean. Like a clam or any other bivalve, they have two sharp shells on one end, but their long, soft body makes them look more like … 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

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