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Marine & Environmental Geology Division (MEG). Objectives Research Overview Challenges & opportunities across the research spectrum Looking to the future. Research Overview I. Hydrology/ El-Kadi

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Marine environmental geology division meg
Marine & Environmental Geology Division (MEG)

  • Objectives

    • Research Overview

    • Challenges & opportunities across the research spectrum

    • Looking to the future


Research overview i
Research Overview I

  • Hydrology/ El-Kadi

    • Intentional tracer release (Helium); Contaminant assessment & remediation; Modeling and parameter estimation: groundwater flow, flooding & landslides.

  • Coastal Geology/ Fletcher

    • Carbonate geology and paleoclimate (sea level history, reef paleoecology); Research issues applied to coastal management (eg. land use, sand management, coastal hazards); Modeling coastal change.

  • Planetary & Evolutionary Biology/ Gaidos

    • Astrobiology/Habitable Planets; Microbiology of Coral Reefs & Sub-glacial lakes; Deep roots of animal evolution (placozoa)


Research overview ii
Research Overview II

  • Nutrient cycling past & present/ Glenn

    • Submarine groundwater/nutrient discharge; geologic record of coastal upwelling; mineral authigenesis/phosphorites.

  • Stable isotope biogeochemsitry/ Popp

    • Paleoproxy development (C02, temperatue & salinty); Stable isotope ecology (pelagic & reef fish; invertebrates & aquaculture); Nutrient cycles (N-fixation; denitrification and nitrification).

  • Marine sediment geochemistry/ Ravizza

    • Osmium isotope & platinum group elements; Extreme climate events in Earth history; Chemostratigraphy

  • Paleontology/ Stanley & Engels

    • Earth History; Evolution & extinction; Biomineralization and seawater chemistry; Paleo-ecology.


Broad extra meg collaboration some examples
Broad Extra-MEG Collaboration - some examples

  • VGP/G&T - analytical, modeling collaborations.

  • HIGP - remote sensing/planetary.

  • HIMB - physiology & ecosystem studies.

  • Oceanography - biogeochemistry/microbiology

  • Water Resources Research Center - contaminant transport and remediation.

Extra-division collaboration easily surpasses intra-division collaboration, reflecting the great breadth of work done within MEG.



Marine environmental geology division meg

Pure science

Finding Earth size planets orbiting distant stars

Science 10/11/07


Summary
Summary

  • We are a group of remarkable breadth tied together by research interests in modern and ancient surficial processes.

  • We collaborate broadly across SOEST and UH.

  • We provide essential advice to the state on local policy matters.

  • We are nationally and internationally recognized for research excellence.

  • We teach a lot too…


How might we build upon our successes
How might we build upon our successes?

  • Better integration across the “research spectrum”.

    • Hires in key areas: Hydrogeology (Ali presentation), Watershed processes; Biogeochemical cycles; a MEG YIP

    • An integrated funding approach

      • Seek state support for graduate students in Coastal/Climate/Environmental research NOT tied to specific projects.

      • Piggyback pure scholarship on “state needs” project infrastructure.

      • Flexible funding & seed money is always essential - .


Marine environmental geology division meg

Both……

Groundwater Discharge in Hawaiian Coastal Waters

Craig Glenn

(Submitted, 2007)


Research spectrum
Research spectrum

  • Hawaii centric programs - meeting state needs; accounts for majority of graduate student population; expanding need locally and globally.

  • Curiosity driven research - motivated by intellectually significant questions but often without immediate application; these types of projects tend to garner the most scholarly attention nationally & internationally; highly competitive/tight funding.

  • Most projects fall somewhere in between the above “end members”.


A way forward
A way forward

  • Q: How might we build upon our successes?