My name is Mubarak. I am currently a Master student in the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida, and i love to travel. My concentration is Water and Entrepreneurship.
I choose to study sustainability because as I grew up my interest and passion for the environment started to evolve and I wanted to do something in life that would benefit my generation and the generation after me. That’s why I decided to dig a little bit deeper to broaden my knowledge and enhance my skills, so I can make a difference.
My project is going to be on the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous species and its impact on water bodies in Hawaii.
Invasive species are species that are not indigenous to Hawaii and are harmful to the environment, economy and human health. Species that are non-indigenous to Hawaii and do not cause any harm to the environment, economy or human health are not considered as invasive. After the formation of Hawaiian Island, there were no seeds in the soil, no animals roaming around and then as time went by, the winds, waves and birds somehow transported seeds on to the Island and then things started to grow (considered as native Hawaiian plants). The first invasive species came to the island with the Polynesians in the year 30 A.D. As people continued to migrate, they brought all sorts of different animals and plants that were aggressive within the Hawaiian ecosystem, which later became a nuisance on the Island. Some of these species are goats, chicken, Feral pigs, miconia, hook weed, fire tree, fireweed e.t.c. The reason why these alien species thrive in this environment is because the native plants lack defence mechanisms that some of their cousin plants have in different parts of the world and as for the animals, they are no predators on the Island to keep them in check. This was the major reason I chose Hawaii because of its wide variety of non-indigenous species.
O and as you can tell from the pictures above, the Island is very beautiful. Even better when you see them in person. I wished there where some type of bridge or tunnel that was connecting all the islands though, because to get to each different Island you would have to fly.