Distinguished Lecture Series

The Waikīkī Aquarium continues its Distinguished Lecture Series:
The Future of Hawaiʻiʻs Coral Reefs Under Human Pressures and Climate Change

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tenney Theatre, St. Andrew’s Schools
229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813

Dr. Rob Toonen
Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)

Coral reefs provide billions of dollars of ecosystem services annually, and hundreds of millions of people rely on them for food, but reefs across the planet are in rapid decline. Some predict this rapid decline will result in the extinction of coral reefs by mid-century, but how accurate are those predictions? Dr. Robert Toonen leads a team of researchers at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology who are looking at how different corals deal with climate change, and where the next generation comes from if our local corals are wiped out from a disease outbreak or mass bleaching event. Together with lessons from the past, these pieces of information shed some light on the likely future of coral reefs in Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific.

Presented by Friends of the Waikīkī Aquarium.




In partnership with St. Andrew’s Schools.




Sponsored by Aqua Aston Hospitality and Matson.