New Article: Fish and invertebrate connectivity around Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i

With co-authors in the ToBo lab, our study (published in PeerJ) modelled connectivity patterns for 11 fish and invertebrate species around Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i. We used a graph-theoretic approach to visualize our connectivity predictions and included analysis of the role of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park in shaping population connectivity around the island.

The work is a collaboration between UH (HIMB & Oceanography) and Aarhus University (AIAS) with support from the US National Park Service, Aarhus University Research Foundation and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.

Posted on October 5, 2018 .

New Article: How coral reef life history strategies shape settlement success

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.

Posted on March 1, 2018 .

Neuheimer Lab @ 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, USA

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.

Posted on February 12, 2018 .

New Article: Characterizing the deep-sea scattering layer using DIDSON sonar

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.

Posted on February 6, 2018 .

Neuheimer Lab @ Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

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. 

Posted on February 2, 2018 .

Neuheimer Lab @ West Hawai’i Marine Ecosystem Symposium

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. 

Posted on December 6, 2017 .

Neuheimer Lab MSc Defence - Congrats Marie!

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.

 Marie and Anna post-defence

Marie and Anna post-defence

 Marie's thesis cake!

Marie's thesis cake!

Posted on November 14, 2017 .

2017 SOEST Open House - Friday & Saturday

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.  

Posted on October 17, 2017 .

IMR visits The Neuheimer Lab

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!

Posted on July 28, 2017 .

New Article: Community structure via baited cameras in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone.

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.

Posted on July 12, 2017 .