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Reef Talk at Kaloko-Honokohau National Park this Tuesday night!

March 14, 2013

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Join us for a REEF TALK!

MARCH 19th, 630-8pm

Hale Ho’okipa Visitor Center

Lisa Marrack is a Marine Ecologist who was born and raised on the Big Island. She worked for nine years at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on a wide range of natural resource projects including on coral reef health assessments, water quality monitoring, anchialine pool investigations, and sea turtle monitoring. She is currently a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley where she is investigating the potential combined effects of land use, introduced species, and sea level rise on anchialine pool ecosystems. She hopes that this information will be used to protect anchialine pool habitats into the future.

Anchialine pools are incredible natural and cultural resources but are not well known, even by people born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands. The arid Kona Coast on the Island of Hawaii contains one of the highest concentrations of anchialine pools in the world. Recent studies on this unique habitat and its fauna have revealed fascinating information about how this brackish ecosystem is able to flourish in the arid basalt flows along the Kona Coast. Come join a discussion on the current knowledge of anchialine pool ecology including information on some of the amazing life strategies of pool fauna. Also hear about conservation strategies being developed to help pool ecosystems be resilient in the face of multiple stressors such as introduced species and sea level rise.

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