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Join us on Tuesday, June 27th in the Waikiki Aquarium Classroom from 3:30-4:30pm with Christopher Wall Ph.D(c) from Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB). 

Ocean acidification is a complex process where increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is progressively absorbed by the world's oceans, resulting in changes to the chemistry and acidity (pH) of seawater. Changing seawater conditions can have serious consequences for marine life, including in reef-building corals which are integral to the structure and function of coral reef ecosystems. In my talk, I will discuss the causes and consequences of ocean acidification for coral reefs and what biological mechanisms may support species vulnerability or resilience to changing ocean conditions. 

In 2016, Chris Wall, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa marine biology doctoral candidate was selected for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship program. With this honor, Wall received a $132,000 award to support his research on the impacts of near-shore stressors, such as nutrient pollution, and global stressors, such as rising seawater temperature, on coral reefs (Kaunana, 2016).

He has also most recently been recognized as the Best Paper winner at the 42nd Annual Albert L. Tester Symposium held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in April.


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