Seminar Series Archives

Linking Climate, Forests, and Limu: Examining the Influence of Environmental Change on Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in KeauhouDate: December 2, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speakers:  Drs. Leah Bremer, Brytne Okuhata, Angela Richards Donà, and Celia Smith Abstract: Groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) are increasingly recognized as a critical component of sustainable groundwater management worldwide. Despite this importance, data linking drivers of hydrologic change to GDEs…

Seedling Drought Tolerance in a Changing ClimateDate: November 18, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Kasey Barton Abstract: Climate change is altering water availability with dramatic consequences for plant performance and population stability. Seedlings are often more sensitive to water limitation than older plants of the same species due to their small size,…

Potential Effects of Drought, Climate Change, and Cloud-Water Interception on Groundwater Recharge and Wildfire Risk in HawaiʻiDate: November 4, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Alan Mair Abstract: Long-term downward trends of rainfall and concurrent long-term upward trends in drought duration and magnitude extend across most of the Hawaiian Islands. Some future climate projections indicate that rainfall is projected to further decrease across…

Drought Needs-Finding for Hawaiʻi — Results and ReflectionsDate: October 18, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Ms. Melissa Kunz Abstract: What is the state of drought knowledge and drought-related needs in Hawaiʻi? As part of the Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange’s early needs-finding efforts, I conducted 24 interviews and a survey to learn about Hawaiʻi’s drought…

Acquisition of Antibiotic Resistance Genes on Human Skin After Swimming in the OceanDate: October 14, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Sunny Jiang Abstract: The skin is a complex organ responsible for protecting the body from physical, chemical and biological insults. Therefore, the skin microbiome plays an important role in protecting the host from skin infections. This presentation reports…

Ecohydrological Implications of Land Cover Change in Hawai‘i: Examining Transpiration Processes in Native and Invaded Forest Types in the Leeward Koʻolau MountainsDate: October 7, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Ms. Liat Portner Abstract: Hawaiʻi has a long history of recognizing the relationship between water and natural resource management. However, in the face of ongoing land cover changes, these connections are changing in unknown ways. The discipline of ecohydrology provides us…

Nutrient Removal and Resource Recovery from Municipal WastewaterDate: September 23, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speaker: Dr. Zhiyue Wang Abstract: Wastewater is a promising source of clean water, energy, and nutrients. However, the reuse of municipal wastewater is a sustainability challenge that requires integrated approaches across scale. Such a challenge is further complicated by interconnected…

The Future of Storm Water Management on Oahu: Understanding Stormwater Impacts and Using Technology to Identify SolutionsDate: May 13, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speakers: Ms. Lauren Roth Venu and Mr. Randall Wakumoto Abstract: The City and County of Honolulu (CCH) Department of Facility Maintenance have been in the process of developing a stormwater utility (SWU) that will help CCH create a dedicated fund to…

Fuel Transport Considerations in Hawaiian Basalt SystemsDate: May 6, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speakers: Mr. G.D. Beckett and Dr. Iris van der Zander Abstract: The migration of fuel after a release is a complex process, controlled by geology, fluid characteristics, and other factors. The multiphase mechanics of fuel migration is more complex than…

The Impacts of the Red Hill Crisis on the Board of Water SupplyDate: April 22, 2022 (2:00 pm, HST)

Speakers: Mr. Ernest Lau and Mr. Erwin Kawata Abstract: Mr. Ernest Lau, Manager and Chief Engineer of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS), will discuss how BWS has been impacted by the contamination crisis at the Red Hill Bulk…