Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques (QUEST)

Overview of QUEST Field School

Students in QUEST program conduct a training survey

QUEST is a field course offered thru the University of Hawaii-Hilo campus which focuses on ecological monitoring of coral reefs using SCUBA. The course takes place during the last two weeks of May. Students will work from camp Maluhia at Ke`ei, South of Kealakekua bay for the entire two weeks. Students involved in QUEST must have current University of Hawai'i Scientific Diver authorization valid throughout QUEST. SCUBA tanks and sampling equipment will be provided, but students will need to provide their own basic equipment including: BC, regulator, mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt, compass, wetsuit, booties, and gloves. Students will also need to provide a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, linens and a water bottle for their entire stay during QUEST. An application for the QUEST program is included in this package. QUEST is composed of two different courses, QUEST (Mare 264) and Advanced QUEST (Mare 364).

 QUEST (Mare 264):

Students who enroll in QUEST will learn commonly utilized nearshore underwater ecological surveying techniques and then apply them in the field using SCUBA as a research tool. Students will review the identification of common Hawaiian reef invertebrates, fishes and seaweeds. They will be introduced to a variety of surveying techniques including: visual surveying of fishes, surveying of benthic invertebrates, and video and still photographic surveying of fish and invertebrates. Additional lectures will cover basics in experimental design, statistical analysis, data reduction and graphic representation. Students are in the field utilizing SCUBA to survey the coral reefs off Kealakekua Bay, Hawai'i. Finally, data will be reduced, analyzed, and presented in both an oral and written report. This class affords students a unique opportunity to learn and apply diving research techniques in a truly beautiful environment.

Advanced QUEST (Mare 364):

Students who have completed QUEST (Mare 264) with at least a "B" grade may apply for admission to Advanced QUEST (Mare 364). Applicants who are accepted will be assigned as dive team leaders for the QUEST course. In this leadership role, advanced QUEST students will work with the dive master to monitor the safe diving practice of each member of their team. The advanced QUEST 364 student will supervise the dive team's collection of data in the field as well as its reduction and analysis and will anchor the team's written and oral presentations. Team leaders will also assist in training students in the identification of marine organisms.

Learn about QUEST by watching a video about the program. This video was made in 1999.

QUEST Youtube button


For further information contact:

Marine Option Program, ATTN: QUEST
Natural Sciences Division
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, Hi. 96720-4091
Phone: 808-974-7544/933-3907; Fax: 808-933-0423

E-mail: UHHMOP@Hawaii.edu, Subject: QUEST





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