Tomorrow (30 April) the Department of Oceanography at UH's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) is holding its 6th annual Conference of Biological Oceanography Graduate Students (CBOGS). This student-run event will showcase current student research in biological oceanography at SOEST.
A new article is out today in Frontiers in Marine Science led by Neuheimer Lab alumnus Jennifer Wong-Ala. The study developed and applied a biophysical model of individuals to explore how different life history characteristics (e.g. spawning location & date, pelagic larval duration or PLD) interact with the environment to change settlement success for fishes off west Hawai'i Island. The work identified multiple pathways (including the use of eddies) that can lead to self-recruitment for fish (and potentially invertebrate) communities in the area. The study was a collaboration among Neuheimer, Powell, McManus, and Hixon labs, as well as NOAA's Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (Gove & Whitney). The pdf can be found here.
Neuheimer Lab alumnus Jennifer Wong-Ala (currently at Oregon State University) will be presenting our work on how life history shapes reef fish settlement off Hawai'i Island. The work, a collaboration with NOAA as well as the McManus, Powell and Hixon labs, explores how biophysical factors shape the ability of larval reef fish to make it back to the reef. Jennifer will be presenting in today's (Monday 12 Feb) poster session from 16:00-18:00.
In collaboration with UH’s Marine Mammal Research Program and led by Dr. Giacomo Giorli (currently at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research), an article exploring the deep-sea scattering layer via sonar was published this month in Progress in Oceanography. In the study, we use a Dual-frequency IDentification SONar (DIDSON) to characterize abundance and size of animals in the deep-sea scattering layer off the coast of Hawai'i Island. Read more here.
Anna was awarded an AIAS-COFUND Fellowship and has begun tenure this month at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark. The interdisciplinary institute is housed at Aarhus University where Anna's project will focus on developing and applying new mechanistic modelling tools describing controls on larval fish timing and how timing influences the propagation of climate effects through ecosystems.
The Neuheimer Lab is in Kona, Hawai’i this week to present research at the Symposium on West Hawai’i‘s Marine Ecosystem: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Management. Our presentation - a collaboration among those at UH Mānoa (Wong-Ala, Neuheimer, Comfort, McManus, Hixon, Powell) and NOAA (Gove) & JIMAR (Whitney) - explores how life history traits interact with physical forcing to vary reef fish settlement probability for populations on Hawai’i Island’s west coast.
On 03 November 2017, lab member Marie Ferguson successfully defended her Oceanography MSc thesis entitled "Explaining spatial variation in coral size structure in American Samoa". Congratulations Marie on all your hard work and the end product - a clear and comprehensive contribution to the field. A big thank you to Marie's committee - Drs. Mark Merrifield, Tom Oliver and Dione Swanson.
Join us this Friday and Saturday (20 & 21 October) for the 2017 SOEST Open House showcasing entertaining and educational activities from SOEST's departments and institutes including Oceanography, Geology and Geophysics, Meteorology, and Ocean and Resources Engineering. More info here including the Exhibit Program.
This week we say aloha! to lab member Jennifer Wong-Ala who is heading east for graduate school.
After completing the Global Environmental Science program here at UH, Jenn will start her MSc in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in Dr. Lorenzo Ciannelli's lab. Good luck, Jenn!
This week, the Neuheimer Lab is at the XIth International Larval Biology Symposium at the Ala Moana Hotel, here in Honolulu. Colleagues from 14 countries are in town to discuss research on the early life stages of marine organisms.
This summer, we are very pleased to welcome researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR). Senior Scientist Frode Vikebø and his Ph.D. student Kjersti Opstad Strand are at UH for a few months to collaborate on research exploring how biophysical factors shape fish early life history. While in town, they will be speaking at the XIth International Larval Biology Symposium that will be held from 10-13 August. Welcome Frode and Kjersti!
A new article was published this week in AIMS Geosciences exploring how the distribution of the mesopelagic boundary community changes over the day using acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs). The effort was a collaboration with the McManus lab, led by Oceanographic Specialist Christina Comfort. You can download the pdf here.
In collaboration with the Drazen and Smith labs, an article exploring community structure in the Pacific's Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) was just published in Deep-Sea Research I. The CCZ is one of the richest manganese nodule provinces in the world and the paper, led by Oceanography PhD student Astrid Leitner, documents and explains community structure variability across the province.
A third article from our collaboration with UH’s Marine Mammal Research Program over at the Hawai`i Institute of Marine Biology is published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. In the article, we use passive acoustic recordings to explore foraging activity of toothed whales around Hawai’i.
Anna is in Oslo, Norway this week to participate in a workshop on "Natural mortality in fish populations during early life stages" organized by the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at the University of Oslo. Anna joins participants from Norway, USA, Germany and Russia.
Registration for the XIth International Larval Biology Symposium, Aug. 10-13 in Honolulu, Hawaii, is now open! Please see www.larvalbiology2017.org to register, reserve a room at the conference hotel, and preview program and symposium information.
Register by June 1 to receive a reduced early registration fee. The deadline for talk or poster submission is June 15. We hope to see you in August!
Anna is in Anchorage, Alaska this week for the 31st Wakefield Symposium on the "Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Dynamics of High-latitude Fish and Fisheries".
Anna will be presenting on Tuesday 9 May from 9:30-10:00am in Session 1: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ON SUBARCTIC AND ARCTIC ECOSYSTEMS: SPECIES-SPECIFIC RESPONSES (abstract below).
Hope to see you there!