Beneath the surface: $1.29M grant funding study of lava tube ecosystems

A thread-legged bug, a species discovered by Porter in 2019. (Photo credit: Michael E. Slay)

Assistant Professor Rebecca Chong explores lava tube caves on Hawai‘i Island. (Photo credit: Megan Porter)

University of Hawaii researchers have received more than a million dollars from the federal government to study the ecosystems within the Big Island’s lava tubes.