PIPES Alumni

2016 REU/RET

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: National Science Foundation.

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/RET

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 Muehlstien.

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).

2014 REU/RET

Anthony Tornito

Project: Quantifying How Climate Change will Affect the Leaf Area Index (LAI) of Native Hawaiian Wet Forests.

Mentor: Christian Giardina, Paul Selmants.

Agency: USDA Forest Service IPIF.

Blaine Luiz

Project: Effects of Puccinia psidii on Metrosideros polymorpha Tree Health and Seedling Survivorship on the Windward Coast of Hawaiʻi Island.

Mentor: J. B. Friday & R. Flint Hughes.

Agency: UH Mānoa CTAHR & USDA Forest Service.

Denis Sene

Project: The Effects of Rising Mean Annual Temperature on Rates of ʻŌhiʻa Litterfall.

Mentor: Christian Giardina, Paul Selmants.

Agency: USDA Forest Service IPIF.

Devon Aguiar

Project: Assessing Vulnerabilities to Sea Level Rise in Hawaiʻi County.

Mentor: Ryan Perroy.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Geography.

Evelyn Braum

Project: An Assessment of Sewage Pollution through Groundwater Seeps Entering the Coastal Waters of Puakō, Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Tracy Wiegner.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Gabriel Trujillo

Project: Using Genetic Techniques to Study Impacts of Non-native Parasitoid Wasps on Native Moth Caterpillars..

Mentor: Paul Banko.

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey.

Maile Aiwohi

Project: Macroalgae: A Bionutrient Indicator of Sewage Pollution at Puakō, Hawaiʻi.

Mentor: Tracy Wiegner.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Michelle Victoria

Project: Native and Invasive Plant Communities in Low, Medium, and High Suitability Areas in Keamuku Maneuver Area.

Mentor: Stephanie Yelenik.

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey.

Motusaga Vaeoso

Project: Utilizing Molecular Analysis Techniques to Determine Rates of Parasitism of Native Lepidoptera from Two Host Plants ʻŌhiʻa and Koa at Different Elevations..

Mentor: Paul Banko.

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey.

Ricky Tabandera

Project: The Hydrology of the Puako Community: A dye tracer Investigation into Waste Water Movement..

Mentor: Steven Colbert.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Sean Kirkpatrick

Project: To determine if Feeding Frequency has an Effect on System Efficiency.

Mentor: Armando Garcia-Ortega.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center (PACRC).

Sierra Mitchell

Project: The Influence of Fog on Epiphytes in Ohi'a Forests on a Climate Gradient.

Mentor: Jonathan Price.

Agency: UH Hilo Department of Geography.

Vanessa Castello

Project: Habitat Suitability Model of Hawaiian Dry forests: Analysis of abiotic factors to establish differences between high and low sites.

Mentor: Susan Cordell and Amanda Uowolo.

Agency: USDA Forest Service IPIF.

2013 REU/RET

Anela Akiona

Project: Length-Mass Regressions of Common Estuarine Fishes in Hawaii.

Mentor: Troy Sakihara.

Agency: Division of Aquatic Resources.

Dan Jennings-Kam

Project: Scanning Electron Microscopy of Phytoplankton and Microzooplankton from Submarine Groundwater Discharge Plumes at Kiholo and Kaloko, Hawaii, USA.

Mentor: Jada White, Jim Beets.

Agency: EPSCoR ENDER.

Frederica Lamar

Project: The Influence of Nutrient Enrichment on Microzooplankton and Phytoplankton in West Hawaii Waters.

Mentor: Jason Adolf, Linnea Heu.

Agency: EPSCoR ENDER.

Jose Martes-Martinez

Project: Insect communities and herbivory effects on Hawaiian Lowland Wet Forests.

Mentor: Laura Warnan, Ostertag Cordell..

Agency: US FS.

Kristina Black

Project: Effect of Varying Rainfall on Atyoida bisculata Fecundity in Pacific Streams.

Mentor: Rich MacKenzie and Becky Ostertag.

Agency: US FS and University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Biology.

Kyle Honda

Project: Identifying Microorganisms in the tissues and rhizosphere of Leucaena leucocephala.

Mentor: Abby Cuttriss, Jon Awaya.

Agency: UH Hilo Biology.

Nemisis Ortiz

Project: The effect of temperature changes on bird song interactions in two different environments.

Mentor: Patrick Hart.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Biology.

Ryan Pea

Project: Current Profiling in Hilo Bay using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler.

Mentor: Jason Adolf, Steven Colbert.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Stephen McAuliffe

Project: Liko Nā Pilina: Looking at the Abundance of Herbivorous Insects and their Effects on Plant Growth within the Big Island’s Lowland Wet Forests.

Mentor: Laura Warnan, Ostertag Cordell..

Agency: US FS.

Taylor Warner

Project: Vegetation Measurements of Montane Native Hawaiian Forest Herbaceous Ground Cover, Five Years Since Herbicide Application.

Mentor: Cheyenne Perry.

Agency: Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance/ DHHL.

2012 REU/RET

Alexis Dziedziech

Project: Resource allocation and competition experienced by I'iwi.

Mentor: Bob Peck.

Agency: USGS-Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center.

Edgar Lugo

Project: Eluetherodactylus coqui: Social behaviors of the male species.

Mentor: Gary Ten Eyck.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.

Emily Mishina

Project: The Kipuka Project: Study of bird nesting and rat diet.

Mentor: Dan Gruner.

Agency: University of Maryland.

Kanoe Steward

Project: Tissue nutrient pools and growth rates of the opportunistic alga Ulva spp. on Hawaiʻi's leeward coast.

Mentor: Bruce Dudley.

Agency: USFS-Institute for Pacific Island Forestry.

Laurence Walsh

Project: The effect of topography and substrate age on nutrient availability.

Mentor: Kealoha Kinney/Susan Cordell.

Agency: USFS-Institute for Pacific Island Forestry.

Lori Bothwell

Project: Leaf litter decomposition and temperature in Hawaiian tropical forests.

Mentor: Christian Giardina & Creighton Litton.

Agency: USFS-IPIF.

Louise Economy

Project: Carbon dioxide concentrations in freshwater systems and their influence on carbonate saturation.

Mentor: Steven Colbert.

Agency: UH Hilo Marine Science.

Malia Stewart

Project: Investigating functional diversity of seedlings.

Mentor: Laura Warman.

Agency: USFS-Institute for Pacific Island Forestry.

Mickhale Green

Project: Microbiol water quality in Hilo Bay.

Mentor: Tracy Wiegner.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Peter Sepulveda

Project: Trunk epiphyte species and frequency across an elevation gradient in the north-eastern section of Hawaii Island.

Mentor: Jon Price.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Geography.

2009 REU/RET

Annette Ah Young

Project: Isolation and characterization of environmental pollutant degrading bacteria.

Mentor: Jonathan D. Awaya.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Biology.

Darcey Iwashita

Project: Impact of mean annual temperature on native and non-native plant species diversity in Hawaiian rainforests.

Mentor: Creighton Litton, Christian Giardina.

Agency: National Resource and Environmental Management, US Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Heather Gleason

Project: Ecology and restoration of Hawaiian dryland ecosystems.

Mentor: Erin Questad, Susan Cordell.

Agency: US Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Jeremy Albano

Project: Impact of mean annual temperature on native and non-native plant species diversity in Hawaiian rainforests.

Mentor: Creighton Litton, Christian Giardina.

Agency: Natural Resource and Environmental Management, US Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Lopaka Inciong

Project: Nutrient dynamics in coral reef environments.

Mentor: Tracy Wiegner.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Nakoa Goo

Project: Importance of Secondary Consumers in Hawaii Coral Reef Ecosystems.

Mentor: Jim Beets.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Niegel Rozet

Project: Characterizing Skeletal Growth Anamoly (SGA) in Montipora Capitata.

Mentor: Misaki Takabayashi.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Russell Auwae

Project: Strawberry Guava Research Project.

Mentor: Christian Giardina.

Agency: US Forest Service.

2008 REU/RET

Anthony Olayon

Project: USDA Forest Service - Kipuka Ecology..

Mentor: Christian Giardina.

Agency: USDA-Forest Service.

Chandra Legdesog

Project: The importance of Day versus Night Pollinators in Hawaiian Ecosystem..

Mentor: Heather Sahli.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Eduardo Hazera

Project: USDA Forest Service - Kipuka Ecology..

Mentor: Christian Giardina.

Agency: USDA-Forest Service.

Grant Tolley

Project: Identifying Mechanisms That Seed Production in the Endangered Plant Hibiscadelphus Giffardianus.

Mentor: Bob Peck/Melody Euaparadom, USGS.

Janelle Williams

Project: Foraging Ecology of Invasive Ants in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park..

Mentor: Bob Peck/Kirsten Snook, USGS.

Lan Truong

Project: The importance of Day Versus Night Pollinators in Hawaiian Ecosystem..

Mentor: Heather Sahli.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Malia Williams

Project: Utility of Water Availability Measurements for Assessing the Productivity of a Subapline, Dry Forest Tree..

Mentor: Chris Farmer.

Agency: USGS.

Monika Frazier

Project: Diversity of Free-Living Symbiodinum at Three Location of Hawai'i..

Mentor: Misaki Takabayashi.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Topaz Collins

Project: Rearing the Banana Moth, Opogona Sacchari and Trapping Banana Moth in the Field..

Mentor: Robert Hollingsworth.

Agency: USDA - Agricultural Research Service.

2007 REU/RET

Brenner Wai

Project: Biocontrol of Miconia calvescens: Avoiding Biotic Interface.

Mentor: Tracy Johnson.

Agency: USDA Forest Service.

Cassie Lyons

Project: Restoration of Native Forests: The Kipuka as a Model of Forest Fragmentation.

Emily Hart

Project: Effects of Storms on Primary and Secondary Water Quality, and Fisheries Production in Hilo Bay.

Isaiah Iaea

Project: The Use of Springtails as an Indicator for Feral Pig Presence.

Mentor: David Foote.

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division.

Jonathan Koch

Project: Pollination Webs in Hawaiian Ecosystems.

Mentor: Heather Sahli.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Kolea Zimmerman

Project: Identifying the Role of Insects in the Pollination of Rare Native Plants.

Mentor: Robert Peck, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division.

Krishna Hemperly

Project: Estimating Bio and Carbon Mass Across Heterogeneous Landscapes.

Mentor: Flint Hughes.

Agency: USDA Forest Service.

Linda Sweinhart

Project: Seed Ecology of Lowland Wet Forest Species.

Lisa Shizuma

Project: Effects of Storms on Primary and Secondary Water Quality, and Fisheries Production in Hilo Bay.

Xeronimo Castaneda

Project: Restoration of Native Forests: The Kipuka as a Model of Forest Fragmentation.

2006 REU/RET

Barbara Rowe

Project: Seed Ecology of Lowland Wet Forest Species.

Mentor: Becky Ostertag.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Frances Kinslow

Project: Detrital Cycles in Hawaiian Streams: Impacts of Land Use and Invasive Riparian Species and the Role of Micro-organisms.

Mentor: Richard MacKenzie, USDA Forest Service.

Jack Freitas

Project: Adaptive Divergence and Evolotion of ʻŌhiʻa.

Mentor: Elizabeth Stacy.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Kevin Pien

Project: Coqui and Vegetation Interactions.

Mentor: Becky Ostertag.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Magad Benavides

Project: Avian Malaria.

Mentor: Sue Jarvi.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Nate Olson

Project: Coral Reef Ecology.

Mentor: Misaki Takabayashi.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Stefanie Willis

Project: Temperature Gradient Effects on Endangered Hawaiian Damselflies.

Mentor: David Foote, USGS.

Trisann Bambico

Project: Population Genetics of Amphidromous Fish Across the Islands of Hawai'i.

Mentor: Cam Muir.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Usha Herald

Project: Palila Sexing.

Mentor: Sue Jarvi.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Zach Stornant

Project: Monitoring Biological Control Agents on Rubus Species.

Mentor: Tracy Johnson.

Agency: USDA Forest Service.

2005 REU/RET

Angela Gephart

Project: Phylogeographic Approches to Conservation Gentics; a study of Lentipes concolor.

Mentor: Cam Muir.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Ann Skipper

Project: Lowland Wet Forests.

Mentor: Becky Ostertag, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Heather Fowler

Project: Efficacy of Irradiated Sporozoites as a Vaccine for Avian Malaria (Plasmodium Relictum) in Hawaiian Amakihi Trial II.

Mentor: Sue Jarvi, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Jennifer Johanson

Project: Endophytic FungiI.

Mentor: Elizabeth Stacy, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Kathy Seiber

Project: Reproductive Ecology of Hawaiian Corals.

Mentor: Misaki Takabayashi, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Moana Ulu Ching

Project: Bird Pollination within the dryland forest of North Kona, Hawaii.

Mentor: Susan Cordell, USDA Forest Service.

Sierra Tobiason

Project: Environmental Impacts and Ciguatera.

Mentor: Mike Parsons, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Tanya Tavares

Project: Biodiversity Survey of Vertebrate Blood Parasites from Tropical Lowland Forests of Southern China.

Mentor: Carter Atkinson, USGS.

Tyler Takeshita

Project: Reproductive Ecology of Hawaiian Scleractinian Corals.

Mentor: Misaki Takabayashi, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

2004 REU/RET

Aileen Suzara

Project: Phylogenetic Analysis and Genetic Variation of Hawaiian Picture-Winged Drosophila.

Mentor: Cam Muir, University of Hawaii at Hilo and David Foote, USGS.

Chelsie Javar

Project: Alien plants invading native habitats.

Mentor: Jim Jacobi, USGS.

Christina Wong

Project: Hawaiian Lowland Wet Forests: UH Hilo Impacts of Invasive Plant Species on Light and Water Availability.

Mentor: Becky Ostertag, University of Hawaii at Hilo and Susan Cordell, USDA Forest Service.

Danielle Spears

Project: Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to Genetically Sex ʻAmakihi (Hemignathus virens).

Mentor: Sue Jarvi, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

John Nygaard

Project: Lowland Wet Forest.

Mentor: Becky Ostertag, University of Hawaii at Hilo and Susan Cordell, USDA Forest Service.

Liezel Barraca

Project: Reforestation of Ku ʻŌhiʻa Laka Recovery Strategies for Lowland Wet Forests.

Mentor: Laura Brezinski, Ku ʻŌhiʻa Laka.

Malia Kipapa

Project: Differences Between the Upper and Lower Areas of Wailuku River on the Island of Hawaii.

Mentor: Tracy Wiegner, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Paige Wiecinski

Project: Evolution of Land Snails.

Mentor: Marta deMaintenon, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Tiffany Clark

Project: The effect of environmental temperature and population density on the development and survivorship of the immature mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus.

Mentor: Dennis LaPointe, USGS.