Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology research programs

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology research programs includes research on Montipora White Syndrome, a serious coral disease.

Dr. Greta Aeby, Principal InvestigatorHawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Recent surveys in the Hawaiian archipelago have started to shed light on the distribution and abundance of coral disease. One common and potentially problematic disease found during these surveys is Montipora white syndrome (MWS) which has been found in the main and northwestern Hawaiian Islands and results in rapid tissue loss. Other than its presence on reefs and its ability to kill coral, little is known about MWS, making its management difficult. Kaneohe Bay has the highest levels of MWS, and it is known that the south Bay is more heavily impacted by human activity and terrestrial run-off than the north Bay. Hence, Kaneohe Bay is an ideal place to study the epizootiology of MWS including the link between prevalence of MWS and land-based pollution.
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Other research projects include:
A study of human impact on Ahu O Laka
The impacts of non-point pollution on the northeast portion of the bay.

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