Research

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  • Coral Health Assessment Program
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    Geospacial technologies and data analysis

    The Research Problem

    Our research focuses on the applied ecology of coral reef ecosystems to support sustainable marine management using empirical data, geospatial technologies, informatics, and statistical modeling. We collaborate with local, state, and federal agencies as well as national and international researchers to leverage resources and expertise to help fulfill the scientific objectives of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Research Partnership.

    Methods

    We use a variety of data, methods, and tools such as underwater field surveys, satellite and aerial imagery, GPS, GIS, statistical software and programming languages to perform our work.

    Findings

    We are currently collaborating with other researchers at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology to create a spatial analysis of the genetic diversity of Symbiodinium species in the Hawaiian Archipelago in attempts to identify hot-spots of diversity.

    Importance

    This project is important since it provides sound scientific information to our resource management partners on topics of ecosystem-based management, climate change, and marine pollution. The use of this information helps to support the management strategies and actions for the marine resources of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.