UC San Diego: Academic Connections
UCSD and its partners, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and the Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy, offer this research rich course on the Island of Hawaiʻi which is an incredible example of many diverse ecosystems located in one place. Learning about how the Hawaiian culture is embedded in the knowledge of the natural world and maintaining ecosystem health, will enable students to apply this knowledge in future leadership roles working towards achieving their goals in sustainability education. Students study how the island thrives ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially, via first hand research work at locations throughout the island. Island geology, volcanoes, aquaculture, and marine studies are all experienced through engagement with researchers and island historians. For more information please contact UC San Diego Academic Connections directly.
2014 Alakaʻi i ka Honua Research Teams
2014 Course Highlights
UH Hilo Panaʻewa Agriculture Farm
A unique feature of the college is the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Agricultural Farm Laboratory. On 110 acres of land, students can experience practical learning in various enterprises such as anthuriums, ornamental foliage, hydroponics, floriculture plants, orchids, forestry, vegetables, sustainable agriculture, livestock production, equine science, beekeeping, tropical fruit and aquaculture. Because direct application of newly gained knowledge is an integral part of the college’s educational goals, many laboratories and courses are based on the farm.
While aboard the UH Hilo research vessel, Makai 'Eha, participants collected plankton samples and water quality data. Research teams then return to campus to analyze their plankton samples in the UH Hilo Marine Analytical Lab where they utilized microscopes to assist in categorizing and identifying their sample. Additionally, participants were able to operate a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to better see their specimens. Heading for volcano national park
Volcano National Park (VNP)
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) is a fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity, and Hawaiian culture, past and present, thus an ideal site to gain understanding regarding the natural history and cultural significance of the Hawaiian Islands. Students are guided by a native Hawaiian and learn about how the culture and the science connect while hiking the Kilauea Ike Crater tail.
Puako Marine Research
Participants gained experience conducting marine research in Hawaii by collecting species richness and substrate data during their marine monitoring project in Puako, Hawaiʻi.
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