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

Assistant Professor Rebecca Chong explores lava tube caves on Hawaii Island. (Megan Porter/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A thread-legged bug, a species discovered by Porter in 2019. (Michael E. Slay/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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.