Maunakea Speaker Series

Maunakea Speaker Series bannerThe Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership between the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. Typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 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.

November 15, 2018
The Plants and Vegetation of Maunakea from Tree-line to Summit
A presentation by Dr. Grant Gerrish
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

October 18, 2018
Year 11 – The Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest
A presentation by Dr. Susan Cordell, US Forest Service - Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

September 20, 2018
Managing Ants on the Big Island: How to keep the beasts at bay
A presentation by Michelle Montgomery, Hawaiʻi Ant Lab
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

July 19, 2018
Dark Nebula, Dwarf galaxies and the Students who Explore Them: The Maunakea Scholars of Honokaʻa High School
A presentation by Hokunani Sanchez & Keilani Steele of Honokaʻa High School and Mary Beth Laychak & Doug Simons of Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

June 21, 2018
New Insights into the Groundwater Hydrology of Mauna Kea and Hawaii Island
A presentation by Dr. Donald Thomas, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

May 10, 2018
Keeping up with the coast: quantifying shoreline change on Hawaiʻi Island
A presentation by Rose Hart, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

April 26, 2018
Mapping change at the Maunakea summit
A presentation by Dr. Ryan Perroy, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

March 14, 2018
Maunakea - what makes it the best astronomical site in the world
A presentation by Dr. Mark Chun, University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

February 22, 2018
Maunakea Weather Center: More than Forecasting Passing Showers
A presentation by Ryan Lyman, Maunakea Weather Center
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

February 1, 2018
Ten Years of Lunar Eclipse Photometry
A presentation by Dr. Elmar Schmidt, SRH University of Applied Sciences, Heidelberg Germany
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

January 11, 2018
High School Student Presentations
Local high school students share their insights, enthusiasm and knowledge from Science Fair projects, Internships, and research on topics ranging from engineering internships, public health research, and environmental issues.  The speakers include: Caleb Rogers (Hilo High), Anne Nakamoto (Waiakea High), Ara Uhr (Hilo High), Jared Goodwin (Hilo High), and Ina Klasner (Hilo High).
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

November 30, 2017
He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above: "In losing the sight of land, you discover the stars"
A presentation by Kālepa Baybayan, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center (@ UH Hilo Wentworth Hall Room #1)
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

October 17, 2017
The Growth and Evolution of Maunakea Volcano, A Geologic Story of Sibling Rivalry
A presentation by Dr. Ken Hon, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Geology
Announcement | Flyer |Recording

September 26, 2017
Past and Future Climate on Maunakea
A presentation by Dr. Steven Businger, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Announcement | Flyer |Recording
Due to a power failure only the 1st half of the presentation was recorded. Slides from the 2nd half (slide #44 and on) are available in pdf format.

August 24, 2017
Tracing the Movement of Ancient Hawaiian Adzes through the Islands
A presentation by Dr. Peter Mills, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Anthropology
Announcement | Flyer |Recording

June 15, 2017
Maunakea Scholars Share their Observation Experience
A presentation by Hokunani Sanchez & Keilani Steele of Honokaʻa High School and Mary Beth Laychak & Doug Simons of Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

May 31, 2017
Using Environmental Data to Model Habitat Suitability on Maunakea 
A presentation by Nathan Stephenson, Research Associate at UH Hilo
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

May 18, 2017
Lake Waiau: A Study of a Tropical Alpine Lake, Past and Present
A presentation by Dr. Jane Massey Licata, Rutgers University
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

April 20, 2017
Arthropod Diversity in the Subalpine Region of Maunakea
A presentation by Heather Stever, Research Associate at UH Hilo
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

March 23, 2017
Raising Awareness of Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death
A presentation  by Dr. J.B. Friday, Extension Forester with the University of Hawai'i Cooperative Extension Service in Hilo
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

February 9, 2017
Birds of Paradise Lost: Evolution, Extinction and Conservation of Hawaii's Birds
A presentation  by Dr. Rob Fleischer, Senior Scientist with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park
Announcement | Flyer | Recording

November 20, 2014
The History of Snow & Ice on the Summits of Hawaiʻi
A presentation by Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of University of Hawaii at Manoa
Announcement | Recording

October 24, 2014
Tropical Mountain Permafrost
A presentation  by Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa of University of Alaska Fairbanks
Announcement | Recording

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