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Manganese nodules, rich in commercially valuable mineral resources including nickel, copper, manganese, cobalt, and rare-earth elements, overlay a broad swath of the deep-sea floor. The potato-sized nodules and the sediments where they are found are home to a surprising diversity of animal life, much of which is not yet documented. As nations eye these undersea mineral resources to help meet a rapidly growing demand for cell phones, computers, building materials, and household appliances that require metals found in the nodules, Oceanography professor Craig Smith has proposed to convene a group of experts to help the International Seabed Authority (ISA) develop regulations for exploration and extraction.
Deep inside the dramatic subpolar fjords of Antarctica, researchers have discovered an unexpected abundance and diversity at the seafloor. During a recent expedition, UH scientists for the first time studied the seafloor communities of glacier dominated fjords along the west Antarctic Peninsula, a region undergoing very rapid climate warming; their findings are reported in PLOS ONE. “Our study area along the Antarctic Peninsula is warming as fast as anywhere in the world, and the amazing ecosystems there are changing very quickly,” said Oceanography professor Craig Smith.
People were cautiously getting back in the water one day after a shark killed a kayak fisherman off Makena, Maui. The recent attacks are prompting calls for action. Culling of sharks was tried decades ago, but “[e]ven though those culling programs removed thousands of sharks overall and hundreds of tiger sharks, people were still bitten both during and immediately after the shark control programs,” said HIMB assistant researcher Carl Meyer. Another proposal is to lift the ban on hunting sea turtles. “The timelines of the turtle recovery and this increase in incidents, those timelines don’t match,” said HIMB researcher Kim Holland.
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Students may pursue a Professional Master’s Degree in Geoscience (MGeo) in the Department of Geology & Geophyics (G&G) starting in Fall 2014. For more information, including admission requirements, click here.
Nominations and applications are sought for the position of Director, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP). For more information, please download the advertisement PDF or visit the HIGP search web page.
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“Power-down period” for the UH Mānoa campus is:
~6pm 24 Dec 2013–01 Jan 2014
C-MORE Hale, MSB, HIG, and POST will be open. Holmes Hall information is here (see “Mānoa Green Days ‘Power Down’”). Campus Security will secure MSB at 5:30pm, and POST at 10:30pm.
Both Fiscal and Personnel Office will be closed on 26, 27, 30 & 31 Dec 2013. The Dean’s Office will be open 8am–4:30pm, M–F, except public holidays. For additional information, please visit the main MGD website, which includes the MGD Memo (PDF).
HI2: University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative
This special supplement to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser showcases the new UH Innovation Initiative — HI2 — and highlights several units and programs of the School. Please read the online publication here.