Lake Waiau to be Featured at Upcoming Maunakea Speakers Series

May 12, 2017, 10:38 AM HST
* Updated May 12, 10:41 AM
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The Office of Maunakea Management, in collaboration with ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy, will feature Dr. Jane Massey Licata at this months Maunakea Speaker Series on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

Lake Waiau, at the 13,000 foot elevation of Mauna Kea.

Dr. Licata will share insights from her research at Lake Waiau and will present “A Study of a Tropical Alpine Lake, Past and Present.”

Dr. Licata, received her PhD from the University of Hawai‘i in 1978 studying the diatoms and biological productivity of Lake Waiau. She will share her insights from her thesis research at Lake Waiau and how the work influenced her career.

Across the globe tropical alpine lakes are generally isolated from environmental conditions at nearby lower elevations, and therefore posses a unique record of environmental conditions.

At Lake Waiau, diatom populations spanning a period of more than 5,000 years provide an unparalleled opportunity to study past changes, improve understanding of current conditions, and inform management for protecting this precious resource into the future.


The presentation will be held at the UH Hilo Science & Technology Building auditorium (Room 108). On-campus parking is available without charge.


The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. It provides the community unprecedented access to research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai’i.

For more information click here or call 808-933-0734.

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