Nā kilo ao māiki: Observing the microbial realm

Microorganisms are the smallest forms of life that live on land and sea. I study who they are, how many of them there are, what they eat, what factors control them and how they impact their ecosystem. Here, I will share data on the diversity, density, distribution, and metabolic characteristics of microorganisms driving biogeochemical processes within our Hawaiian watersheds in the context of our akua – highlighting the value of ʻike Hawaii in understanding of biogeochemical processes along ahupuaʻa and guiding research approaches in ways that perpetuates place-based knowledge and foster values and concepts of traditional management.