Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

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Please enjoy these images of the wildlife and landscapes PIERC studies throughout the Pacific Islands

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Sunset on Mauna Kea
July 22, 2016

Sunset on Mauna Kea

Research projects with the USGS take scientists to beautiful places and Mauna Kea volcano on Hawai‘i Island is no exception. Here is a palila field crew camping site on the north slope of Mauna Kea as the sun sets.  

Dr. Chris Farmer measures the tarsus of a palila
July 15, 2016

Dr. Chris Farmer measures the tarsus of a palila

Palila, a critically endangered Hawaiian bird found only the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano, Hawai‘i Island, Hawai‘i, have faced several threats including invasive cats, rats, and mongoose, and loss of habitat. Dr. Paul Banko has spent decades of his career studying palila populations and threats. In this photo, Dr. Chris Farmer measures the tarsus (lower leg bone) of an

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Female mouflon sheep stands broadside against a background of tall shrubs
June 27, 2016

Female mouflon sheep stands broadside

This radio-collared, ear tagged female mouflon stares back the camera of USGS wildlife biologist Dr. Steven C. Hess among the a‘a lava and shrubs of Hawai‘i Island.  

Bright orange ‘akepa with fresh color bands on its legs
June 27, 2016

‘Akepa in the hand

A bright orange male ‘akepa captured in the Hawaiian rainforest on Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i. Akepa are an endangered species found on only 3 of the 8 main Hawaiian islands. Their geographic range has been restricted by land use change, invasive species, and climate change. 

Mauna Ulu lava flow on Hawai‘i Island
June 27, 2016

Mauna Ulu lava flow on Hawai‘i Island

Mauna Ulu began erupting in May 1969 on Kilauea volcano's east rift zone. Within the first 6 months of erupting 12 lava fountains could be seen, some over 1000 ft high in the air! 

Image: An Endangered Honeycreeper, the `Akikiki (Kaua`i Creeper), in Hawaii
March 14, 2016

An Endangered Honeycreeper, the `Akikiki (Kaua`i Creeper), in Hawaii

Many species of Hawaiian honeycreepers have persisted into the 20th century because high elevation rain forests on the islands of Kaua’i, Maui, and Hawai’i are cool enough to limit transmission of introduced avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum). Malaria transmission is tied closely to the effects of temperature on development of malarial parasites within their mosquito

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Image: An Endangered Honeycreeper, the `Akeke`e (Kauai Akepa), in Hawaii
March 14, 2016

An Endangered Honeycreeper, the `Akeke`e (Kauai Akepa), in Hawaii

Many species of Hawaiian honeycreepers have persisted into the 20th century because high elevation rain forests on the islands of Kaua’i, Maui, and Hawai’i are cool enough to limit transmission of introduced avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum). Malaria transmission is tied closely to the effects of temperature on development of malarial parasites within their mosquito

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Image: An Endangered Puaiohi (Small Mountain Thrush) in Hawaii
March 14, 2016

An Endangered Puaiohi (Small Mountain Thrush) in Hawaii

Many species of Hawaiian honeycreepers have persisted into the 20th century because high elevation rain forests on the islands of Kaua’i, Maui, and Hawai'i are cool enough to limit transmission of introduced avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum). Malaria transmission is tied closely to the effects of temperature on development of malarial parasites within their mosquito

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Photo of Koa tree in forest.
March 6, 2016

Koa research on Maui

Lucas Fortini investigates a Koa tree in a remnant forest on Maui.

Measuring instrument attached to plant stem
March 5, 2016

Dendrometer on ‘a‘ali‘i plant on Maui

A dendrometer to measure fine-scale growth is attached to the stem of an ‘a‘ali‘i plant in the Nakula Natural Area Reserve on Maui, Hawai‘.

Closeup image of a dendrometer attached to a tree in a forest.
February 16, 2016

Dendrometer on tree

A dendrometer attached to a tree helps measure its physiologic responses to the environment.

Acacia koa forest in former pasture land
October 1, 2015

Koa forest in former pastureland

Overlooking koa (Acacia koa) restoration forest in former pastureland at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hawai‘i.