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!
On 5 May 2017, lab member Jennifer Wong-Ala presented her Global Environmental Science final thesis entitled "Disentangling Biophysical Factors Affecting Reef Fish Recruitment in West Hawai'i Island". Congratulations Jenn! We're so proud of all your hard work and the stellar finished project!
Congratulations also to all of today's GES Symposium presenters! Great job all around!
Please join us this Tuesday, 21 March for the 5th Annual Conference of Biological Oceanography Graduate Students (CBOGS). This student-run event will showcase current student research in biological oceanography at SOEST.
This week the Neuheimer Lab will be at the 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting being held here in Honolulu, HI. Anna (along with Lorenzo Ciannelli) will be co-convening Session 044 Bridging the eco-evolutionary gap: Plastic and adaptive responses to climate change on Thursday 2 March. In addition, here are a list of presentations co-authored by lab members:
Comfort, C. M.; Smith, K. A.; Sevadjian, J. C.; McManus, M. A.; Neuheimer, A. B.; Ostrander, C. E.; OBSERVATIONS OF THE MESOPELAGIC MICRONEKTON BOUNDARY COMMUNITY’S DIEL MIGRATION AT OAHU, HAWAII BASED ON BACKSCATTER DATA (Abstract ID: 30123)
Hope to see you soon!
The organizing committee for the XIth International Larval Biology Symposium is soliciting short proposals for symposium topics for our August 2017 meeting. If you’re interested in organizing a symposium for a particular topic, please submit your proposal through the link on the front page of the meeting website.
We hope to see you all in Honolulu next August!
This week Anna was invited to speak at Hawaii Pacific University as part of their Marine Science Guest Speaker Seminar Series. Anna presented recent work from the Neuheimer lab exploring early fish life history variation at high and low latitudes.
The 31st Wakefield Symposium on the Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Dynamics of High-latitude Fish and Fisheries is now accepting abstracts. The symposium will be held from 9-12 May 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Symposium topic areas are:
- Environmental impacts on subarctic and arctic ecosystems: species-specific responses
- Environmental impacts on subarctic and arctic ecosystems: community structure, biodiversity, energy flow, and trophodynamics
- Physiological effects of ocean acidification, oxygen limitation, and temperature stress on high-latitude fish and shellfish
- Incorporating environmental effects and accounting for changing life history traits in the assessment and management of fish populations
- Evaluating management strategies under projected environmental changes
- Coping with environmental variability and climate change: perspectives from coastal communities
More info on session descriptions and invited speakers is available here. Hope to see you in Anchorage in May!
We invite you to submit an abstract to
at the 2017 ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting in Honolulu (Hawaii; 26 Feb – 03 Mar).
Here's a description of the session:
Climate change is affecting ecological processes and biogeochemical cycles of marine environments. Species respond to climate change through both phenotypic plasticity and microevolutionary adaptations. For example, across many trophic levels, species quickly respond to change is by shifting their distribution in space (e.g. population distribution) or time (e.g. reproductive events). However, there are limits to these types of responses, imposed by the presence of the limiting requirements of different critical stages in a species? life history. These limitations are linked to a species? life history strategy, with further response of the species beyond this point moving from phenotypic plasticity to genetic adaptation. There is unfortunately a chasm between phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary adaptations in the literature of marine species response to climate change. In this session we invite studies on species? response to environmental change, using both niche-based (e.g., climate-envelope models) and genetic (e.g., evolutionary models) approaches. Through this theme session we intend to develop awareness among scientists and build capacity to merge these two realities by including more evolutionary thinking in niche-based approaches and more ecological thinking in studies of species evolutionary processes. This understanding is necessary as we develop models to project species adaptability to future climate scenarios.