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Learn about erosion and protection of Hawaiʻi’s coastline at Math + Science + X Seminar


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Learn about the erosion and protection of Hawaiʻi’s coastline, and more, at the next Math + Science + X Seminar, “Huli honua kapakai: Coastal geology,” 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, via Zoom.

Huli honua kapakai, or coastal geology, covers a wide range of research, from studying fossil reef cores to modeling sea level rise and ground water inundation.

A woman wearing a sun hat and flashing a shaka at the beach.
Kammie Tavares

Kammie Tavares, a geospatial analyst in the Coastal Geology Group at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, specializes in historical shoreline change and the stresses that sea level rise poses on Hawaiʻi’s eroding coastline.

Tavares will talk about her motivation for this research and how it stems from her upbringing on the Waiʻanae coast and her desire to protect our local beaches.

Math + Science + X seminars, held 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays, help Mathematics, Natural, and Health Sciences faculty at the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu promote fascinating, interesting, and current topics that are happening in STEM. STEM community members around the island, mainland, and within the university are invited to give presentations. Each seminar is geared to introduce UH West Oʻahu undergraduates, faculty, staff, and interested community members to a variety of research and career development or opportunities.

Click here to register for “Huli honua kapakai: Coastal geology.” Zoom meeting ID is 963 4913 3089 and passcode is MSX. For more information, email

Image courtesy of Kammie Tavares