Waikiki Aquarium Seminar Series

Waikiki Aquarium Hosts Seminar Series presented by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program and Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology

Sea Grant

May 17th: King Tides—A Window into the Future
Matthew Gonser Extension Agent, Community Planning & Design, Sea Grant College Program
Waikiki Aquarium Classroom 3:30-4:30pm
Hawai’i Sea Grant is engaging citizen scientists to document today’s high water level events, i.e., King Tides, to better understand tomorrow’s impacts from sea-level rise and other coastal high water events. These photographic data are entered into a free and publicly available data set and are informing research, policy, and decision making across the state and the Pacific region. First-person experiences/visuals that are place-based and familiar reinforce that climate impacts are local in nature and not a distant phenomenon. Join us to learn more about this developing program and see how you can participate this summer!

June 13th: Waikiki Beach: What Does the Future Hold?
Dolan Eversole University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program Waikiki Beach Management Coordinator
Waikiki Aquarium Classroom 4:00-5:00pm
Waikīkī Beach is a globally recognized icon of Hawai‘i and is the state’s largest tourist destination. Waikīkī generates approximately 42 percent of the state’s visitor industry revenue and is responsible for 8 percent ($5 billion) of the Gross State Product. This talk will introduce joint state, university, and private partnerships intent on improving the management and resilience of Waikīkī Beach.

Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology

June 27th: Consequences of Ocean Acidification on Reef Building Coral
Christopher Wall Ph.D (c)
Waikiki Aquarium Classroom 3:30-4:30pm
Ocean acidification is a complex process where increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is progressively absorbed by the world’s oceans, resulting in changes to the chemistry and acidity (pH) of seawater. Changing seawater conditions can have serious consequences for marine life, including in reef-building corals which are integral to the structure and function of coral reef ecosystems. Learn about the causes and consequences of ocean acidification for coral reefs.

July 14th: The Future of Hawaiian Corals in a Changing World
Raphael Ritson-Williams Ph.D (c)
Waikiki Aquarium Classroom 3:30-4:30pm
Corals surround the Hawaiian Islands and are critical for our way of life. Even though they are critical for our island life these are threatened by climate change and warming oceans. In both 2014 and 2015 there were widespread coral bleaching events throughout the Hawaiian Islands. This talk will discuss the basic biology of corals, the patterns of bleaching in 2014 and 2015 and then we will discuss the long term consequences of these recent bleaching events.