Archive for the ‘botany’ Category

Aldo Leopold Film, 2 Nov, 7 pm, Free

25 October 2011

Hawaii Convention Center, Ballrooms A/B, 4th Floor

Wednesday, 2 November 2011, 7 p.m

Hawai’i premiere of the new documentary about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, hosted by the Society of American Foresters.


NEW Interactive Rainfall Atlas of Hawaii

21 October 2011

The Rainfall Atlas of HawaiʻI Web site is a creation of the UH Manoa Department of Geography. It is a set of maps of the spatial patterns of rainfall for the major Hawaiian Islands. Maps are available for mean monthly and annual rainfall covering  the 30 year period 1978–2007.

The interactive map allows users to see the patterns of mean monthly and annual rainfall and corresponding uncertainty, zoom in on areas of particular interest, navigate to specific locations with the help of a choice of different base maps, and click on any location to get the mean annual rainfall and a graph and table of mean monthly rainfall. The locations of stations can also be shown on the interactive map. Clicking on a station gives both station and mapped estimates of monthly rainfall along with station metadata.

Rainfall maps can also be downloaded in various forms.

Rainfall measurements taken at over 1,000 stations were used as the principal source of information in the development of the rainfall maps. Files containing estimated mean monthly and annual rainfall and uncertainty for each station used in the analysis are available for download. A file with information on each station, including the name, observer, location, elevation, and period of record, is also available.

This is a fabulous resource for a wide variety of types of research. Check it out!

New Top-Tier, Open Access Journal

27 June 2011

“The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust announced today that they are to support a new, top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences research.”

“The three organizations aim to establish a new journal that will attract and define the very best research publications from across these fields. All research published in the journal will make highly significant contributions that will extend the boundaries of scientific knowledge.”

More details at

New Aerial Photographs and Land Survey Maps!

17 November 2010

From our Maps and GIS Department (MAGIS):

1. New Aerial Photographs
2. Land Survey Historical Maps

1. Thanks to the folks at Hawaiian and Pacific collections, we have added 159 new aerial photographs to MAGIS’s Aerial Photographer Viewer. You can access them here:

Specifically, the following flight-lines and associated photographs are new:

Kauai County:

Maui County:

2. Land Survey Maps
The land survey office now has lots of their historical maps online in pdf and tiff form. These including File Plans, Registered Maps, Plat Maps and Hawaiian Home Lands Plat Maps.

Indexes and links to these maps are available here:

G. Salim Mohammed, Maps/GIS Librarian | 808-956-0833

JSTOR Plant Science

16 November 2010

JSTOR Plant Science is a relatively new member of the JSTOR/ITHAKA family of information products. It is a very interesting resource that allows the user to access a variety of information about specific plants. It includes taxonomic information, images, type specimens, and links to publications in Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and JSTOR. Information can be accessed by scientific name, resource type (articles, books, drawing, specimens, etc.), geographic area, collection, collector, and more. It provides access to more than 600,000 digital herbarium specimens created by the Global Plants Initiative (GPI). If you set up a free “MyPLANTS” account, you can use the viewer to measure plant parts in herbarium specimens or images; you can also tag items and save them to your account.

Currently, South America and Africa are the most well represented regions with over 300,000 records for each location. There is very little Pacific island material included; there are only 1,756 records listed for the geographic area “Pacific.” As far as I can tell, there are no taxa from Hawaii. If you do a search on “Hawaii,” you erroneously retrieve all of the records that include the phrase “excl. Hawaii”! Nevertheless, it is a very interesting resource that links a variety of information formats using one interface

UH Manoa students, faculty, and staff should use the Electronic Resources Gateway link to access JSTOR Plant Science in order to facilitate access to our JSTOR full text subscriptions. That link is:

Re-opening of MAGIS lab and new Hawaii GIS data

9 September 2010

An exciting announcement About the UH Manoa Library’s Maps/GIS area:

Manoa MAGIS (Maps, Aerials & GIS) is pleased to announce the opening of  its new area in the ground floor of Hamilton Library.  Our maps are all in one place now and we now have a brand new MAGIS lab featuring 8 GIS  workstations.  The workstations feature ArcGIS, ENVI, MS-Office and Adobe Creative Suite.

Starting September 6, 2010, the lab will be open Monday to Thursday, 1-5 when school is in session.  All software is available with the exception of ArcGIS for 5 new computers which we expect to have installed by September 6.

For details on software support, please check out

Anytime we have to retrieve maps or aerial photographs that are not available on our website, an appointment is strongly preferred. This also holds good for GIS data or a project which requires us to find the data in advance to incorporate into your GIS. We will work with you in person, on the phone or via e-mail as the case may be to service your request.

Download our brochure at:

To help us commemorate our new (old) area, we have put a new set of georeferenced maps on-line.  These are much sought after Historical Maps of Hawaii, 1885-1904. These can be viewed or downloaded here:

MAGIS is trying something new with respect to receiving requests — we are recording initial requests online to keep track and to fine tune our services. Folks who want to access our Maps, Aerial Photographs, GIS, our MAGIS Lab, Large Format Services or request a Class Presentation can click on the appropriate link here:

Please remember that these online forms are an experiment to consolidate our requests so we can keep track off them and standardize our services.

Last but not least we are trying out a few other ways to increase our on-line presence and to publicize our services, MAGIS now has a blog! Please support it by checking it out at:

We are also on facebook, please friend us at

Best Wishes, Salim

G. Salim Mohammed, Maps/GIS Librarian | 808-956-0833

Nature Protocols – Free Trial

10 August 2010

UH Manoa Library has obtained a “free trial” of Nature Protocols. The description says:

Nature Protocols is an online resource for protocols, including authoritative, peer-reviewed Nature Protocols and an interactive Protocols Network. The two create a dynamic forum for scientists to upload and comment on protocols.

This trial ends 30 September. The trial is licensed for UHM use only. Here is the URL for accessing the free trial:

Wiley Blackwell journals not available Friday through Sunday

2 August 2010

From our Electronic Resources Librarian:

Electronic access to Wiley Blackwell journals will be unavailable beginning Friday, 6 August, 10 pm HST. Access is scheduled to be restored at 6 am HST on Sunday, 8 August.

During this extended outage, Wiley will be transferring its journals to its new Wiley Online Library platform.

Images, Images and More Images!

22 April 2010

Thanks for Forest Starr for the heads up on these resources.

1)    From Hawaii Ecosystems at Risk (HEAR) via SmugMug:

High-resolution scans of slides from Betsy H. Gagne’s “Ecosystems”
notebook are now available, including historical images of Hawaiian ecosystems and conservation activities as early as the 1970s.

These ecosystem images join existing Betsy Gagne galleries on Bogs and Miconia.

Philip Thomas from HEAR provides access to these wonderful collections!

2)    The University of Hawaii Virtual Museum has posted a number of wonderful photo sets on flickr.

Some of my favorite sets include:

the UH Manoa Campus Plants tour –

scans of the plates from Isabella Sinclair’s Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands –

and, the plants photos from the Charles H. Lamoureux Natural History Collection –

Thanks to Michael Thomas for these Web pages!

While there is much more to explore on both of these sites, I also want to point out that there are many, many wonderful photos of plants and animals in Hawaii available from the Forest Starr and Kim Starr Web site at:

Cook Expedition Images in ARTstor

20 April 2010

UH Manoa Library has licensed access to ARTstor, a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images covering a broad range of disciplines. ARTstor also provides a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage these images. Recently, ARTstor announced a significant addition to the collection from the Captian James Cook South Pacific expeditions. These images may be useful to you for in your research or teaching.

In collaboration with the Natural History Museum, London, ARTstor now provides access to digital versions of 1,647 botanical and zoological illustrations from Captain James Cook’s expeditions to the South Pacific from 1768 – 1779. The collection includes images of plant and animal specimens collected by naturalists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander during Cook’s first expedition aboard the HMS Endeavour (1768 – 1771) and images by artists Johann Georg Adam Forster and William Wade Ellis associated with Cook’s second (1772 – 1775) and third (1776 – 1779) voyages.

To browse these images, go to the ARTstor Digital Library (login required), browse by collection, and click on “Cook’s Voyages to the South Seas (Natural History Museum, London)” or you can search using keywords.