PIPES Alumni

2018 REU

Amy Durham

From: Hawaii.

Project: Habitat Composition Surveying in Pu'u Maka'ala Natural Area Reserve for Release of the Endangered Hawaiian ʻAlalā (Corvus hawaiiensis)..

Mentor: Alison Greggor, Bryce Masuda, Jonathan Price, and Rebecca Ostertag.

Agency: Hawaiʻi Endangered Bird Conservation Program.

Heather Lee

From: Kauai.

Project: Vigilance of Released ‘Alalā (Corvus hawaiiensis) at Feeding Stations.

Mentor: Alison Greggor.

Agency: Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program.

Jamie Colvin

From: Omaha.

Project: Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD).

Mentor: Timothy Sullivan.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) Lab.

Jasmin Curiel

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Using camera traps to evaluate frugivory within Hawaiian forests located on Hawaii Island.

Mentor: Pat Hart.

Agency: UHH TCBES Dept. Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems.

Jesse Leavitt

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Genomic Diversity of The Critically Endangered ‘Alalā (Corvus hawaiiensis): Management of Captive Breeding Population.

Mentor: Jolene Sutton and Geneviève Blanchet.

Agency: Conservation Genomics Research Group.

Kawainohiaakalani Navares

From: O'ahu.

Project: The Effect of Topography on Lava Movement.

Mentor: Jonathan Price.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo/United States Geological Survey.

Leilani Sablan

From: Guam.

Project: Comparing Benthic Water Samples of Off-Shore Sewage Pollution Using FIB and Macroalgal Tissue in Puakō to Adjacent Northern & Southern Resorts.

Mentor: Tracy Wiegner.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science Department.

Qindasi Silva

From: Baltimore.

Project: Nalo Meli ʻāpaʻakuma Project: Investigating Non-Lethal Genomic Sampling Methods of Hylaeus Bees for Conservation Genetics.

Mentor: Jonathan Koch.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Timothy Medina

From: Brooklyn.

Project: Mapping Erosions and Generating Baseline data of Mauna Kea.

Mentor: Ryan Perroy.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Department of Geography & Environmental Institute.

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.

2016 REU

Andrew Hanano

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Population dynamics of shrimp and damselflies in anchialine pool ecosystems.

Mentor: Robert Peck.

Agency: Hawaii Cooperative Studies Unit/United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Bret Mossman

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Analysis of captive Palila foraging behavior.

Mentor: Bryce Masuda.

Agency: San Diego Global/Keahou Bird Conservation Center.

Carmen Garson-Shumway

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Investigating climate driven shifts in Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA for water resource and land management solutions.

Mentor: Tracy Wiegner.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science Department.

Conor Handley

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Rat behavior in a mezic montaine forest.

Mentor: Paul Banko.

Agency: United States Geological Survey (USGS).

David Russell

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Comparison of the accuracy of time-stamp infrared aerial geo-positions vs. high precision ground GPS units.

Mentor: Timothy Sullivan.

Agency: Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC).

Kimberly Kahaleua

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Facilitating adaptation in montane plants to changing precipitation along an elevation gradient.

Mentor: Steven Hess and Christina Leopold.

Agency: United States Geological Survey (USGS) Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center.

Nadiatou Ouedraogo

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: The invasion biology of Drosophila suzukii in Hawaii.

Mentor: Jonathan B. Koch.

Agency: University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Saria Adnan Sultan

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Determining nutrient pollution loads to Puakō’s coral reef.

Mentor: Tracy Wiegner.

Agency: University of HawaiʻI at Hilo Marine Science Department.

Shaun Wriston

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Effect of Koa density on abiotic variables in restoration.

Mentor: Stephanie Yelenik.

Agency: US Geological Survey in collaboration with University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Ulumauahi Kealiikanakaʻoleohaililani

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Vegetation structure and fruit availability at ‘alalā reintroduction sites.

Mentor: Rebecca Ostertag, Bryce Masuda and Jon Price.

Agency: University of Hawaii at Hilo Biology.

2015 REU

Belytza Vélez Gámez

From: Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Tara Holitzki.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science Analytical Lab.

Bryan Tonga

From: Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Tracy Weigner.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Jamison Domingsil

From: Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Timothy Sullivan.

Agency: Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC).

Jazmine Panelo

From: Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Lisa Muehlstein.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Melanie Quiñones-Santiago

From: Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Creighton M. Litton.

Agency: UH Mānoa Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

Natasha Coumou

From: Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Eben Paxton and Stephanie Yeleni.

Agency: USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (PIERC).

Nicole Preston

From: Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Patrick Hart.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Biology.

Stephanie Kung

From: Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Noelani Puniwai.

Agency: UH Mānoa, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM).

Stephen Garney

From: Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Timothy Sullivan.

Agency: Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC).