research at Puako has been conducted by students and faculty from
the University of Hawai'i since the early 1970's. Since 1991,
students from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo have conducted
annual surveys of the corals, mobile invertebrates, and fishes as
a part of an ecological monitoring course called QUEST . The
QUEST design involves collecting samples from two 50 meter
transects in each of three areas: the reef flat, on the main reef
at 8 m depth, and on the main reef at 10 m depth.
In addition, temperature variation is monitored at 4 depths on
the reef using in situ, waterproof loggers. Starting in March
1997, loggers were placed at 6, 13, and 30 m depths. In May an
additional logger was placed at 50m depth. Data is taken at 30
minute intervals and is accurate to within ± 1 șC.
See also: Puako database