Park Talks Cover Ocean Acidification, Tsunamis

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve’s free public lectures in January will focus on protecting species, habitats and resources for the future. The ongoing series also serves to showcase current research by local experts and University of Hawaii graduate students.

The Thursday night programs begin at 6:30 in the park’s Cynthia M. Bond Memorial Theater, as listed below:

Jan. 9 – “Tsunami Hazard Assessment of American Samoa” by William Templeton, Ph.D. student in ocean resource engineering at UH Manoa;

“DNA Sequencing: The Next Generation” by Eric Tong, M.S. zoology student at UH Manoa;

“Anthropogenic COs, How the Ocean Reduces Global Warming, but Pays the Price through Ocean Acidification” by Gerianne Terlouw, M.S. student in oceanography at UH Manoa;

Jan. 16 – “Coconut Island: Development of Feasibility Study for Water Sustainability” by Lelemia Irvine, Ph.D. student in civil and environment engineering at UH Manoa;

“The 1960 Tsunami in Hawaii: Long-term Consequences of a Coastal Disaster” by Jonathan Page, Ph.D. student in economics at UH Manoa

“Integrated Hydrological Modeling of the Heeia Watershed” by Tazebe Beyene, Ph.D. student in water resources at UH Manoa;

Jan 23 – “Anchialine Ponds” by Lorena Wada, assistant field supervisor, prelisting and listing program, U.S. Fish and Wild-life Service

Jan. 30 – “Hawaii’s Resident and Not So Resident Blackfish: Recent Studies of False Killer Whales and Killer Whales in Hawaii” by Robin Baird, research biologist, Cascadia Research Collective.

For more information on the lectures, sponsored by the city, Friends of Hanauma Bay and the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program, call 397-5840.