A recent study by Mānoa’s Craig Smith indicates that one species of king crab has established a large, reproductive population in the Palmer Deep along the west Antarctic Peninsula.
Human activities are increasingly affecting deep-sea habitats, resulting in the potential for biodiversity loss.
The possible spread of the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig over the course of one year was studied in a series of computer simulations by International Pacific Research Center Professor Axel Timmermann and Assistant Researcher Oliver Elison Timm and oceanography PhD student Fabian Schloesser.
Mānoa researchers Craig Smith and Fabio De Leo conducted the first extensive study of canyons in the oceanic Hawaiian Archipelago and found that these submarine canyons support especially abundant and unique communities of megafauna, including 41 species not observed in other habitats in the Hawaiian Islands.
Research by Mānoa Assistant Researcher Tatiana Ilyina and Associate Professor Richard Zeebe and their colleagues shows that seawater sound absorption will drop by up to 70 percent already during this century.
Manoa’s Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System, which measures and predicts ocean and coastal conditions, was awarded $2.1 million from NOAA.