Public in­vited to ’arthro­pod di­ver­sity’ lec­ture at ‘Imiloa

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMENTARY -

In­sects and arthro­pods are all around us.

Univer­sity of Hawaii at Hilo re­search as­so­ciate Heather Stever will ex­plain the dif­fer­ence be­tween in­sects and arthro­pods, and why in­sects and arthro­pods are so im­por­tant in Hawaii, dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at 7 p.m. to­day at ‘Imiloa As­tron­omy Cen­ter’s Moanahuku Hall.

Stever’s lec­ture, ti­tled “Arthro­pod Di­ver­sity in the Subalpine Re­gion of Mauna Kea,” is part of the monthly scholar-fo­cused Mau­nakea Speak­ers Se­ries spon­sored by the Of­fice of Mau­nakea Man­age­ment, ‘Imiloa As­tron­omy Cen­ter and the Univer­sity of Hawaii at Hilo Depart­ment of Physics and As­tron­omy.

At­ten­dees to the lec­ture also will learn about the arthro­pod di­ver­sity in the subalpine re­gion of Mau­nakea and the im­por­tant role these res­i­dents play in mak­ing Mauna Kea what it is.

The pre­sen­ta­tion is free and open to the public.

Stever per­forms re­search with Jesse Eiben’s “Teach­ing and Re­search Arthro­pod Col­lec­tion” lab­o­ra­tory at UH-Hilo, where she re­cently earned a master of sci­ence de­gree in trop­i­cal con­ser­va­tion bi­ol­ogy and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit mala­ma­mau­nakea. org or call 933-0734.

Photo cour­tesy of JESSE EIBEN

Wekiu bugs use their straw­like beaks to draw nour­ish­ment from dead and dy­ing in­sects.

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