Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

Measuring Ecosystem Function and Services

Ecosystems function through a complex matrix of biological, chemical, and physical interactions. The resilience and stability of these interactions is challenged by stressors such as species loss, invasive species, disease, habitat alteration or degradation, and climate change. Current research aims to understand which interactions are vital to ecosystem function and those actively impacted by these stressors.
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Date published: January 11, 2018
Status: Completed

Studies on the Rapidly Eroding Reef

This study focuses on assessing changes in vegetation cover and composition inside and outside a fenced exclosure within the USGS Ridge-to-Reef study area on the island of Moloka‘i. This information will be delivered to federal, state, and private land managers who are trying to determine best management practices to reduce erosion and sediment runoff from this dry habitat which has been...

Date published: June 14, 2017
Status: Active

Monitoring and Researching Bat Activity at Wind Turbines with Videography

The rapid expansion of wind energy nationwide is an important step toward reducing dependence on non-renewable sources of power.  However, the magnitude of the wildlife impacts at wind energy facilities is a newly recognized threat, and the cumulative long-term impacts to various bat species are of increasing concern.  It is estimated that more than 450,000 bat fatalities now occur each year...