FACILITIES

Mesocosms

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Weather Station

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Sensors include an  ultraviolet (UV) radiometer (Eppley 295-385 nm), a Pyranometer (LiCor 200SZ), and a Quantameter (LiCor 400-700 nm). An accompanying sea water temperature probe is located less than 10 m offshore of the weather station at a shallow depth of approximately 1 m. Data are transmitted hourly.

Weather station data is accessible at http://www.pacioos.hawaii.edu/weather/obs-mokuoloe/

Respiratory Chambers

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Similar to a treadmill stress test, members of the Coral Reef Ecology Lab examine the physiology of  corals and other marine invertebrates under local (e.g., sedimentation) and global (e.g., ocean warming and acidification) stressors. How well do these animals perform under such stress? How much is too much? We attempt to answer this questions to help set regulations regarding land based pollution and help better manage our coral reefs.

Automatic Titrator (Metrohm 877 Titrino plus)

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Incubation Darkroom

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Sediment Processing Facilities

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Marine sediments are an integrated way of describing various aspects of the environment. Our lab has a dedicated area devoted to processing sediment grain-sizes and determining composition. This includes a drying oven, muffle furnace, and automatic grinder. Sediment grain-size can describe fish, coral, and invertebrate exposure to wave energy and currents. Analyzing sediment organics and silt/clay fractions can help identify areas that are exposed to sedimentation and high nutrients. Determining carbonate and basalt percentages can aid in explaining the community structure. We have processed sediments from 100’s of sites throughout the Hawaiian archipelago.

Graduate Student Offices

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Here at the lab, we firmly believe in supporting our graduate students and providing them a comfortable and efficient work space. We have plenty of office space and desks available, as well as basic resources like laptops, a printer, free Wifi, etc.

Boating Facilities

On island, we have four 17′ Boston Whalers available for research use in Kane’ohe Bay at very reasonable rates. There is also a 22′ Boston Whaler Outrage and a 22′ Boston Whaler Guardian accessible for use outside Kane’ohe Bay with pre-approved training. For more information, click the link provided.

Boats

HIMB Boating

 

Diving

Dive equipment and gear is available for use if needed. We have an onsite facility with various sizes of aluminum and steel cylinders in which technicians can blend standard or custom nitrox and decompression gas mixes. DAN emergency oxygen kits are also obtainable and HIMB offers scientific diver training approved by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Click the link for more information.

Dive tanks

HIMB Diving