The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative
Projects

Restoration within He‘eia Ahupua‘a: Effects on species diversity and water quality
Florence Thomas, PI


Both wetlands and coral reefs have been severely degraded by invasive species. A community grassroots effort has begun to restore the He‘eia ahupua‘a by shifting vegetation and fish assemblages away from invasive dominated systems. HCRI will fund Dr. Florance Thomas and Dr. Judy Lemus to support community efforts by investigating how the functions of the wetlands and associated ponds change as the ecosystem transitions from an invasive species dominated to a restored habitat. To sustain the impact of this project beyond the duration of HCRI funding, they will develop an instructional regime for training community volunteers in the monitoring techniques and data collection, and initiate logistical planning for a formalized citizen science program within the wetland.

Final Report (August 2011)
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August 2011 Trimester Meeting
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Progress Report 1 (April 2011)
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March 2011 Trimester Meeting
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Urchin eating video - Diadema eating Avrainvillia
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Introduction PowerPoint Presentation (October 2010)
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