Becky Ostertag, a professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is leading two projects with the intent of understanding the effects of climate change on Hawai‘i’s environment.
The first project, called the Hawai‘i Permanent Plot Network (HIPPNET) is the deployment of research sites across the islands that track certain factors about forests, including the lifespan of trees, growth rates and what species are native to particular areas.
The purpose of this data is to evaluate how plant life responds to climate changes in order to estimate how forests will react as a result of long term climate change.
The second study is a collaboration with graduate student Joanna Norton. The project focuses on using the invasive albizia tree species as an alternative fertilizer for farmers, rather than chemical fertilizers.