Indigenous practices can assist recovery of endangered waterbirds

A team of interdisciplinary researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Kamehameha Schools published evidence that indigenous practices in Hawaii expand waterbird habit in the face of rising seas. HIMB's Kawika Winter, Associate Professor of Aina Sciences and Heeia NERR Reserve Manager co-authored the paper published in Anthopocene.
August 18, 2022

HIMB Whale Work Featured in PBS Documentary “Changing Seas”

PBS, first aired June 22, 2022. The Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and the Alaska Whale Foundation was […]
June 22, 2022

UH hosts high school students overnight on Moku o Loʻe (Coconut Island)

UH News, first published on June 15, 2022. Oʻahu high school students spent the week on Moku o Loʻe (Coconut Island) learning about marine mammals science at a University […]
February 16, 2022

UH Lab: Stranded Humpback Whale Calf Had Traumatic Brain Injury

(Photo credit: UH Health and Stranding Lab, NOAA Fisheries Permit #18786) UH News, first published on 2/15/2022 In response to a dead humpback whale calf near the Wailupe peninsula on Oʻahu, the […]
August 11, 2021

Deadly Virus Discovered In Dolphin Species Found In Hawaiian Waters

HIMB’s Kristi West, lab director at UH Health and Stranding Lab, found a novel strain of morbillivirus in a Fraser’s dolphin that was stranded on Maui […]
May 22, 2021

Rare Pygmy Killer Whales’ Deterioration Documented Using UH Drone Tech

HIMB’s Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) to document rapid weight loss in a group of distressed pygmy killer whales off Maui in 2019. For the full story, […]
April 19, 2021

Stranded Endangered False Killer Whale Divulges a Dietary First

HIMB’s associate researcher, Dr. Kristi West, and a team of graduate students, undergraduate students, and program volunteers discovered a new popular food item for Hawaiʻi’s false […]
April 19, 2021
Aerial view of Moku o Loʻe

Crews Remove Large Whale Carcass from Waimānalo Shore, Scientists Will Study Samples

HIMB’s associate researcher, Dr. Kristi West, took advantage of a rare opportunity to harvest samples from a whale carcass that washed up on Waimānalo beach last week. […]
October 13, 2019

Whale bubble-net feeding documented by UH researchers through groundbreaking video

HIMB’s Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) and their partners have captured amazing whale’s-point-of-view and aerial drone video of humpback whale bubble-net feeding. To read the full story […]