Indigenous Cropping Systems

Dryland, or rainfed, agricultural systems were the dominant source of food on the Island of Hawai'i at the time of European contact and a central part of the pre-historic economy. Dryland agricultural systems in Hawaii were unique in that they were highly intensified tropical systems that existed on a continental scale and, in many cases, was sustained for hundreds of years. Because agricultural practices and agricultural cropping systems were highly adapted to local environments to maximize productivity, Hawaiians intensified cultivations on virtually every area with adequate soil fertility.

These systems were cited as being highly productive, not reliant on external inputs, and incorporating little or no fallow periods. The Hawaiian agricultural systems, while in some ways unique, provide a an opportunity to understand the plant-biotic interactions across as range of nutrient availabilities and limitations due to the biogeochemical matrix that can be found in the state.  

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#Ahupuaa #perspective

#Ahupuaa #perspective

Rebuilding the #windbreak

Rebuilding the #windbreak

Bummed I wasn't on oahu for _thekuproject's kū body camp, but I did my own kanaka version on saturda

Bummed I wasn't on oahu for _thekuproject's kū body camp, but I did my own kanaka version on saturda

An #ulu kinda day. #agroforestry #transects to better understand #microbetomeaai connections

An #ulu kinda day. #agroforestry #transects to better understand #microbetomeaai connections

This work is done in collaboration with Dr. Noa Lincoln (CTAHR, UH Mānoa).  We extremely grateful to our collaborations and interactions with Kamehameha Schools, Ulu Mau Puanui, Limahuli Gardens, and the Kohala Center.

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Research Interests:

Environmental drivers of microbial dynamics

Microbial impact on biogeochemical cycles

Relationships between thermodynamic and kinetic metabolic processes

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