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UH Hilo graduate earns Ph.D. in marine biology

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Date: Monday, December 1, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A graduate of the Marine Science Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recently earned a Ph.D. at the University of London.

Louisa Ponnampalam conducted field work in the Gulf of Oman for her dissertation, “Ecological studies and conservation of small cetaceans in the Sultanate of Oman, with special reference to spinner dolphins, Stenella longirostris.” Her doctoral program was fully funded by a British Commonwealth Scholarship.

Ponnampalam, a native of Malaysia, said, “UH Hilo played a big role in my development as a marine researcher.”

Ponnampalam plans to begin a postdoctoral at the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences at the University Malaya, and is working on a dolphin research project in Thailand with a group of researchers from around the world. She has also just begun a project involving the conservation of the dugong, an herbivorous marine mammal in southern Peninsular Malaysia.

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