‘Ike Wai Project Descriptions for Graduate Scholars

‘Ike Wai Project Descriptions

  • The project has a goal of quantifying submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) from selected aquifers using geochemical tracers and autonomous long-term monitors. The student will be responsible for designing field operations for water sampling for isotope (stable and radioactive) analysis, field instrument maintenance, laboratory analysis of isotopes and water quality, building coastal isotope mass-balance models, and statistical analysis of long-term SGD trends.  The student will be expected to publish articles on your work and disseminate the work to members of the team as well as outside agencies and officials. The student will be required to process and make the data available and fed into the larger ‘Ike Wai data repositories.

     

    For more information, please contact Dr. Henrietta Dulai

    (hdulaiov@gmail.com, (808) 956-0720,  http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/FACULTY/hdulaiov/)

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  • The goal of the community engagement and decision support initiative is to ensure that our scientific and policy research align with stakeholder interests and decision-support needs regarding Hawai‘i’s fresh water resources. The student will gain experience working directly with Federal, State, and County policy makers and regulators, and resource managers from both the public and private sectors, who are responsible for water issues that our research is designed to inform. We will pursue a four-level strategy of: 1) network development; 2) stakeholder alignment and establishment of strategic partnerships; 3) broad-based community engagement, communication, and education; and 4) collaborating for sustainability. The student can expect to work across several levels of activity ranging from permitting to community outreach to research on water policy, community engagement, and team science.

     

    For more information, please contact Dr. Gregory Chun (gchun711@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-5640) 

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  • This project has the goal of integrating and collecting new geophysical data to improve hydrogeologic understanding of various study sites throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The student will be responsible for geophysical data acquisition, data processing, inversion and analysis of multiple data types. Hands on experience with magnetotellurics, borehole geophysics and other geophysical methods is beneficial. The student will be required to present results and make the data and results available to the larger ‘Ike Wai data repositories and project team.

     

    For more information, please contact Dr. Barb Bruno (barb@hawaii.edu (808) 956-0901) and Dr. Nicole Lautze (lautze@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-3499)

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  • This project has the goal of integrating and collecting new geophysical and geochemical data to improve hydrogeologic understanding of various study sites throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The student will be responsible for acquisition of groundwater field data and samples, management of laboratory analysis and data compilation, and incorporation of data into groundwater flow models. The student will be required to present results and make the data and results available to the larger ‘Ike Wai data repositories and project team.

     

    For more information, please contact Dr. Nicole Lautze (lautze@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-3499)

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  • This project has the goal of applying a groundwater model for various complex sites in Hawaii for both water flow and chemical transport. The model will utilize borehole and geophysical data in creating a subsurface aquifer geological model. The student would be involved in applying electrical resistivity equipment in assessing the sites of interest. The student will be responsible for data collection, model design, and calibrating and validating the models against field flow and transport data. The student will be expected to publish articles on the work and disseminate the work to members of the team as well as outside agencies and officials. The student will be required to process and make the data available and fed into the larger ‘Ike Wai data repositories.

     

    For more information, please contact Dr. Aly I. El-Kadi

    (elkadi@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-6331, http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/FACULTY/aly/)

  • This project will provide historical indigenous knowledge of test sites, the surrounding areas as well as historical indigenous knowledge on water resources, use, and stewardship. The student will be responsible for researching in Hawaiian language newspapers and other archival materials and providing thorough translations of findings of relevant articles and documents. The student will be expected to publish articles on your work and disseminate and/or present the work to members of the team as well as outside agencies and officials. The student will be required to process and make the data available and fed into the larger ʻIke Wai repositories.

     

    For more information, please contact ʻAnoʻilani Aga.

    (anoilani@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-0289, ihlrt.seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu)

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  • This project will apply comparative microbial phylogenetic analysis as an innovative method to determine genetic connectivity between different reservoirs of water in the subsurface environment, to infer the directions of subsurface flow and to map potential sources of anthropogenic contamination. The student will be responsible for participating in field sampling within the Hawai‘i water systems of interest, processing samples for molecular (i.e., extracting DNA, amplifying DNA via PCR, prepping a library for sequencing, etc.…) and geochemical analysis and analyzing genetic and genomic data in the context of geographical and geochemical data. The student will be expected to publish articles on their work and disseminate the work to members of the team as well as outside academics, agencies and officials and the local Hawai‘i community. The student will be required to process and make the data available and fed into the larger ‘Ike Wai data repositories.

     

    For more information, please contact Dr. Kiana Frank 

    (klfrank@hawaii.edu, (808) 232-5064, www.labhuiofrank.com)

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  • This project has the goal of creating state-of-the-art sensors and sensor modules for real-time data acquisition from water wells. The student will be responsible for designing, fabricating, and testing the sensing and monitoring devices and electronics used for tracking features and parameters of water and hydrological features within the Hawaii water systems of interest. The student will be expected to publish articles on your work and disseminate the work to members of the team as well as outside agencies and officials. The student will be required to process and make the data available and fed into the larger ‘Ike Wai data repositories.

     

    For more information, please contact Dr. David Garmire

    (garmire@gmail.com, (510) 708-2982,  http://MN.eng.hawaii.edu/~garmire)

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  • A key goal of the ‘Ike Wai project is to develop an educational ‘auwai (lit., irrigation system) of next generation groundwater resource professionals from Hawai‘i, for Hawai‘i. The graduate student position will support a wide range of education and broadening participation efforts across ‘Ike Wai disciplines. Duties include assisting with: fostering strong recruiting and retention partnerships with community colleges and Native Hawaiian-serving STEM programs; developing and implementing a mentoring cascade, providing support to undergraduate researchers, developing and analyzing evaluation data, and publishing the results in the peer-reviewed literature.

     

    For more information, please contact Dr. Barbara Bruno

    (barb@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-0901, http://tinyurl.com/zxbsk3b)

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