November 2, 2020
Photo Credit: DLNR DAR (background photo) and Malia Urie (photo of David Cohen)
David and his team pioneered production-scale spawning and rearing of sea urchins in Hawaiʻi and for nearly a decade have released these urchins into our nearshore waters to successfully control invasive seaweed in critical marine habitats. David’s vision and dedication to this 365-day-a-year operation is an inspiration to his team, interns, students, and volunteers, and has guided this project from its humble beginnings in a repurposed shrimp aquaculture facility at the Ānuenue Fisheries Research Station, into one of the most successful invasive species control projects that has been implemented in Hawaiʻi. As the project nears its 10-year anniversary, over 600,000 sea urchins have been released, successfully controlling invasive seaweed on more than 270 acres of reefs, thereby allowing native species of seaweed, fish, and invertebrates to thrive.
November 26, 2019
Message to all PCSU project managers:
The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Dean’s Office is proud to announce that the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU) has joined its team of programs and departments. This move is an important step towards promoting visibility of PCSU, and strengthening the ties between PCSU and the other units on campus and beyond.
The CNS Dean’s Office is committed to working closely with PCSU and strengthening the unit for the future. For example, a new and dedicated fiscal staff position for PCSU has been established by CNS, and a faculty position with a focus on developing internship opportunities through PCSU programs has recently been approved.
We look forward to building new research opportunities and hands-on curriculum activities with PCSU to support CNS students, while supporting this critically important conservation and management unit as it heads into its 46th year, under the new and innovative leadership of Director Dr. Shaya Honarvar and Deputy Director Dr. Cliff Morden.
Aloysius “Loek” Helminck
Dean, College of Natural Sciences
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
October 30, 2019
2019 RCUH OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR SECOND PLACE WINNER!
KAUAI FOREST BIRD RECOVERY PROJECT
(Cali Crampton, Tyler Winter, Justin Hite, David Duffy)
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR 2019 RCUH OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NOMINEES!