PIPES Alumni

2017 REU

Adel Sharif

From: Pennsylvania.

Project: Comparing near shore water quality in front of properties with Cesspools, Septic Tanks, and Aerobic Treatment Units in Puakō, Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Tracy N. Wiegner.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science Department.

Amanda Wong

From: Oʻahu.

Project: Microclimate of leaf litter in ecological restoration of Hawaiian lowland wet forests.

Mentor: Rebecca Ostertag and Susan Cordell.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Biology Department and USDA Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Amy Olsen

From: Hawaiʻi Island.

Project: Assessing Bacteria and Water Quality in Keaukaha Coastline.

Mentor: Tara Holitzki.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science Department.

Ashley Romero

From: Hawaiʻi Island.

Project: Investigating the Behavior of Rats, and Their Response to Population Control Measures.

Mentor: Paul Banko.

Agency: United States Geological Survey.

Claire Dobry

From: Michigan.

Project: Pseudoalteromonas rubra strain PPB1, isolated from locally sourced marine sponge of genus Petrosia, as bacterial biocontrol agent in mosquito larvicide .

Mentor: Jolene Sutton.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Biology Department.

Giovanni Tolentino-Ramos

From: Oklahoma.

Project: The Effects of 1% Coconut on Bell Labs Bait’s Preference Ratios and Consumption Rates Among Wild House Mouse (Mus musculus).

Mentor: Dean Foster.

Agency: USDA National Wildlife Research Center.

Jihoo Kim

From: Chicago.

Project: Species Richness and Diversity of Oribatid Mites in Hawaiian Lowland Wet Forest.

Mentor: Rebecca Ostertag, Robert Peck, and Susan Cordell.

Agency: University of Hawai’i at Hilo, United States Geological Survey, and the United States Department of Agriculture: Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry.

Kainalu Steward

From: Maui.

Project: Understanding Hydrology at Honokea Loko Iʻa & Comparing pH and Alkalinity Levels Between 12 Springs Along the Honohononui and Keaukaha Shoreline.

Mentor: Steven Colbert and Cherie Kauahi.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science Department.

Katherine Hiu

From: Oʻahu.

Project: Nutritional Composition of Five Endemic Hawaiian Fruits at ‘Alalā Release Site.

Mentor: Bryce Masuda, Jon Price and Rebecca Ostertag.

Agency: Hawaiʻi Endangered Bird Conservation Program.

Marcel Kate Jardeleza

From: Guam.

Project: Seasonal and elevation changes in phenotype of the Spotted Wing Drosophila suzukii on Hawaiʻi Island.

Mentor: Jonathan Koch.

Agency: University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES).

Mehana Sabado-Halpern

From: Hawaiʻi Island.

Project: Developmental Rates of the coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei).

Mentor: Robert Hollingsworth and Lindsey Hamilton.

Agency: USDA US Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center.

Sierra Ching

From: Hawaiʻi Island.

Project: Quantifying vegetation, structure, and canopy density at ʻalalā release site.

Mentor: Bryce Masuda, Jon Price and Rebecca Ostertag.

Agency: Hawaiʻi Endangered Bird Conservation Program.

Tyler Gerken

From: Hawaiʻi Island.

Project: Determining Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and Fecal Indicator Bacteria concentrations in soils of the Puʻu Makaʻala Natural Area Reserve, Hawai‘i Island.

Mentor: Tracy N. Wiegner.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science Department.