Year 11 – The Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest

Oct 18, 2018 7:00 PM

A Maunakea Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Susan Cordell, Director of the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry

The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Thursday 18 October, 2018 at Wentworth Hall room #1. This exciting free lecture is open to the public and starts at 7 pm.

Eleven years ago Hawaiian tropical forests were the only forest types in the USA without representative experimental forests. Following the direction provided by the Hawaii Tropical Forest Recovery Act of 1992, the process of establishing the first experimental tropical forests in Hawai‘i was finalized in 2007. These are the Laupāhoehoe rain forest in North Hilo and the Puʻuwaʻawaʻa dry forest in North Kona. These sites encompass broad gradients of climate, forests, soils, and land use history. The objectives of the Experimental Forest are to improve our abilities to: (1) restore and sustainably manage tropical forests and their ecosystem components and services; (2) understand the linkages of forests to water resources; and (3) control invasive species that alter fire regimes, and diminish forest productivity, biodiversity, and values. Research highlights from the last decade will be featured during this presentation.

Susan Cordell is a research ecologist and Director of the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo Hawaii. The Institute is a research branch of the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. Susan’s current areas of research include ecophysiology, restoration ecology, functional ecology, tropical dry ecosystems, tropical ecology, grass invasions, and Hawaiian ecosystems. The focus of most of her professional career has been related to the conservation, preservation, and restoration of tropical ecosystems.

The Maunakea Speaker Series is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 pm.

About the Maunakea Speaker Series

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

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