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Waikiki Aquarium's Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr. Robert Toonen

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Waikīkī Aquarium’s Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Robert Toonen of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)

The Waikiki Aquarium will continue its Distinguished Lecture Series on November 2, 2017 with Dr. Robert Toonen of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. Dr. Rob Toonen's lecture, The future of Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs under human pressures and climate change, will highlight the issues currently facing our coral reefs.

Coral reefs provide billions of dollars of ecosystem services annually, and hundreds of millions of people rely on them for food, but reefs across the planet are in rapid decline. Some predict this rapid decline will result in the extinction of coral reefs by mid-century, but how accurate are those predictions? Dr. Robert Toonen leads a team of researchers at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology who are looking at how different corals deal with climate change, and where the next generation comes from if our local corals are wiped out from a disease outbreak or mass bleaching event. Together with lessons from the past, these pieces of information shed some more light on the likely future of coral reefs in Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific.

Dr. Robert Toonen

Researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and SOEST

(Photo credit to Carlie Weiner of the Schmidt Ocean Institute. Dr. Robert Toonen examines a DNA tissue sample collected while diving).

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Banner: James Watt (Rapture Reef, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands)



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