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Sugarcane and Sustainability 24 January 2019

Sugarcane and Sustainability

A new study, co-authored by NREM’s Kimberly Carlson, suggests that only one third of global sugarcane production complies with Bonsucro, the leading sustainability standard for sugarcane. “Voluntary Sustainability Standards Could Significantly Reduce Detrimental Impacts of Global Agriculture” was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Climate and Vegetation Shape Wildfire Risk in Hawai‘i 10 December 2018

Climate and Vegetation Shape Wildfire Risk in Hawai‘i

A new research paper by Dr. Clay Trauernicht is the first study to link climate change to increasing wildfire probability in Hawai‘i, and one of the few that looks at this question for tropical regions more broadly. He used the “footprints” of historical fires mapped on the Big Island to quantify how vegetation, ignition frequency, and climate contribute to wildfire probability.

Wildfire in a Changing World 7 December 2018

Wildfire in a Changing World

A new research paper published by Clay Trauernicht (NREM) in the journal Science of the Total Environment is the first study to link climate change to increasing wildfire probability in Hawai‘i. His analysis indicates that climate change will increase the annual risk of wildfire by as much as 375% for parts of the Big Island and most of this change will happen within the next several decades.  

Investigating Entropy 7 December 2018

Investigating Entropy

NREM Professor Emeritus Chennat Gopalakrishnan is guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy focused on “Institutional Entropy: Causes, Consequences, and Corrective Measures.” The journal is issuing a call for papers that clarify and illuminate all aspects of institutional entropy, examining in detail its causes and consequences and suggesting possible solutions. 

Help for the Oceans 23 November 2018

Help for the Oceans

NREM alumna Flavia da Silva, project management specialist for USAID/Timor-Leste, recently led an Ocean Talk at the Our Oceans Conference 2018 along with Timor-Leste Secretary of State for the Environment Demitrio do Amaral de Carvalho. Flavia (right) explained, “Our Oceans Conference was an excellent opportunity for USAID/Timor-Leste to highlight its work on the protection of Timor-Leste’s marine biodiversity." 

Save the ‘Ōhi‘a 25 October 2018

Save the ‘Ōhi‘a

ROD education and outreach specialist Corie Yanger (NREM) was a significant contributor to the ‘Ōhi‘a Love Festival, hosted by UH and DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife on the Big Island. ROD, or Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, is a fungal disease that has killed off hundreds of thousands of acres of native ‘ōhi‘a forests on the island.

Where Can You Grow Them? 18 October 2018

Where Can You Grow Them?

Grad student Hunter Heaivilin (NREM) will be the next presenter at the weekly Seminar Series on Climate Change Adaptation presented by UH Manoa’s Institute for Sustainability and Resilience. He will speak on “Assessment of Climate Change Impact to Hawaii Crops” on October 22, from 12 to 1:20 p.m. (lunch starts at noon, the presentation at 12:15) at the iLab (Building 37).

The Future Landscape 18 October 2018

The Future Landscape

CTAHR was well represented by a number of faculty presenters at the annual conference of the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii. Dean Comerford kicked off the day with a talk describing his vision for landscaping and ornamentals over the next five years. Participating also were TPSS, PEPS, and NREM faculty, including Ken Leonhard (pictured).

Fire Fighter 20 September 2018

Fire Fighter

Clay Trauernicht (NREM) recently published an article in Civil Beat’s “Community Voices” forum entitled “Fire Is the One Hawaii Disaster We Can Avoid.” As he explains, there’s nothing people can do to prevent many of the natural disasters that have hit our state in the past few months. But one natural crisis that we can prevent is wildfire.


The ‘Āina Is in Good Hands 20 September 2018

The ‘Āina Is in Good Hands

There was lots of participation from NREM this year at the 25th Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference (HCC). The 48 total participants from NREM gave 76 presentations over the two days of the conference, on subjects of great environmental importance and interest, from endangered native land snails to aerial drones.


Sustainability and Fire 22 August 2018

Sustainability and Fire

The first speaker in the UH Manoa Institute of Sustainability and Resilience's interdepartmental seminar series will be Clay Trauernicht (NREM), who will discuss wildfire ecology on Monday, August 27, from 12 to 1:20 p.m. in the iLab (Building 37).  RSVP for lunch by Friday, August 24.

On the Wings of Song 15 August 2018

On the Wings of Song

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra will again be performing the successful multimedia collaboration Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds, spearheaded by Melissa Price (NREM), on October 31 and November 1 for students in grades 4 through 12. If you know any teachers who might like to bring their classes to a performance, make sure to let them know!

Tools for Soil 19 July 2018

Tools for Soil

Susan Crow’s (NREM) project “Putting the Farmer in the Driver’s Seat: Integrative Web Tool for Improved Soil Health and Carbon Assessment, Monitoring, and Planning” just won one of three grants from NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative for soil and nitrogen data tools.
For the Birds 19 July 2018

For the Birds

Melissa Price (NREM, left) was one of the scientists who participated in the live broadcast of Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Science Friday filmed at the Hawaii Theatre Center in Honolulu, where she discussed efforts to engage school children with science and conservation efforts, including her recent Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds.
Dealing With Climate Change in Samoa 12 July 2018

Dealing With Climate Change in Samoa

Clay Trauernicht and Patricia Fifita (both NREM) organized the American Samoa Extension Climate Forum with partners at American Samoa Community College (ASCC), similar to the climate forum for Extension personnel that they organized last year at UH. Jonathan Deenik and Jensen Uyeda (both TPSS) also presented and attended.