Herbivore management may be the key to balancing the energetic budget on coral reefs

A new paper published by Emily Kelly and colleagues explains how we can balance the energetic budget on Hawaiian coral reefs through herbivore management and protection. Herbivores on coral reefs play an important role in controlling algal growth, but in systems where density of herbivores is low, algae can grow at a faster rate than they are consumed, resulting in a … Read More

New publication from Smith lab & colleagues: Meet the Benthic Underwater Microscope (BUM)

Underwater microscopy for in situ studies of benthic ecosystems Abstract: Microscopic-scale processes significantly influence benthic marine ecosystems such as coral reefs and kelp forests. Due to the ocean’s complex and dynamic nature, it is most informative to study these processes in the natural environment yet it is inherently difficult. Here we present a system capable of non-invasively imaging seafloor environments and organisms … Read More

My first summer in the field – by Gideon Butler

My first summer in the field   When I tell people that I spent six weeks on Maui this summer, nobody seems to believe that it wasn’t a vacation. I tell them that I was working from dawn to dark every day and that my body was covered in scrapes and bruises by the end, but all they hear is, … Read More

It’s Not a Sprint….

2013 has been a crazy year for PhD student Levi Lewis, and it’s not over yet! Levi gives a brief glimpse of what he’s been up to these past 9 months, and reflecting about how sweet the experience continues to be.

Smith Lab is in Full Swing for Summer

Master’s student Samantha Clements summarizes the ongoing summer activities of the Smith Lab. From research travels around the world to data processing right here at home, there’s no such thing as summer break from science… and it’s awesome!

Field Research: Earning My Fins

Meet Samantha Clements! Sam is one of the newest members of the Smith Lab and she’s adjusted swimmingly from undergraduate researcher to Master’s student in the course of the summer. Check out her blog post and see how she’s enjoying the transition.

Disgustingly… Awesome – A Look at Coral Spawning

PhD student Levi Lewis isn’t the only one getting busy in Maui, Hawaii. While working on Kapalua, a county located on the island of Maui, he witnessed a perhaps slightly disturbing but totally awesome site – nature at its finest.

Research Adventures in Maui

PhD student Levi Lewis shares his recent ventures in Hawaii. From data collection to seeing nature at work, sometimes it’s hard to believe that these devoted students get to do this for a living.