Surfing into summer


For the fifth summer, the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC) is hosting its Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). This ten-week program is designed to give promising undergraduate students an opportunity to gain valuable research experience, improve their skills in climate science, and expand their knowledge of environmental issues in Hawaiʻi and across the Pacific by working with a mentor on a climate-related research project.

This year’s cohort includes four rising juniors and seniors from universities in Hawaiʻi, Alaska, and Washington majoring in environmental resource programs and marine sciences. Each is involved with an exciting project, including: studying the effects of marine heat waves on coral physiology, exploring the effects of warming oceans, using spatial vegetation and climate data, and researching soil conditions and soil amenders for restoring native Hawaiian plants. (For more details, read this longer news item.)

We are really excited to see how these projects turn out and the marvelous work that the SURFers do this summer.