Development of Management and Resource Tools

Mauka-Makai: Ridge to Reef Connections

I am currently working with Dr. Ku'ulei Rodgers, the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program, Division of Aquatic Resources, The Nature Conversancy, and the community groups at Heʻeia to understand how restoring the watershed may influence the adjacent coral reef environment. 

Assessing Coral Health: The Hawaiian Koʻa Card

Managers, scientists, and citizens need a resource to quantify coral health on our reefs. In collaboration with the Coral Reef Ecology Lab at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, I am developing a Hawaiian Ko'a card to assess health of corals during bleaching events.  

Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program

In 1998 when we developed the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) in response to management needs, there was no long-term widespread monitoring program in this state. It was vital to get a baseline of what our reefs looked like, to recognize any changes that may occur, and to identify any impacts that are affecting these reefs. Over 60 sites span the full spectrum of habitats, encompassing the full latitudinal range and include the entire range of protection status from open access sites with no other legal protection except what applies to the entire state to fully protected sites, and a gradient of natural and anthropogenic impacts. This extensive dataset is being used to find trends and patterns on a statewide, island, and site scale and identify forcing functions that drive them.

Water Quality Thresholds

I am working with the US Geological Survey to understand the implications sedimentation events have on coral reef communities and how sedimentation may influence and interact with global stressors on modern reefs. This data will define coral species tolerance levels to suspended sediment concentrations and help redefine EPA and State Department of Health 303D Clean Water Act target levels.