Public is invited to attend virtual student research symposium

It was a summer of discovery and growth for students conducting research in the program known as the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science or PIPES. The public is invited to listen to the students’ presentations about their work in a virtual symposium.

Examining bee specimen under microscope.
Archive photo: 2019 intern Jesse Tabor, in the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES), examines a bee specimen.
Sharon Ziegler-Chong
Sharon Ziegler-Chong

The public is invited to attend the 2020 Symposium of the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, via Zoom (the online web conferencing platform being used during the pandemic). Attendees must preregister, information can be found below.

“This has been a summer of discovery and growth as we have had to adapt in order to continue our program during COVID-19,” writes Sharon Ziegler-Chong, director of the PIPES program, in an email to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo community.

The virtual symposium is made possible through the support of Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation and Kamehameha Schools. “Furthermore, there would be no program without the determined mentors and interns who committed to learning alongside us as we’ve taken on the challenge of creating a remote program this summer,” states Ziegler-Chong .

She adds, “Please join us in supporting and celebrating these 13 bright and passionate interns and all that they have accomplished.”

The symposium will be held virtually via Zoom. Attendees are required to preregister online (click this link to register). After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting will be sent to registered attendees.

For questions and concerns, contact PIPES Program Coordinator Linnea Heu.


PIPES Virtual Symposium Schedule

9:00 AM Welcome

9:15 Mackenzie Fugett

  • Limahuli Lower Preserve Projects & Restoration. Host: The National Tropical Botanical Garden, Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Mentors: Uma Nagendra and Kate Champlin.

9:25 Kawainohiaakalani Navares

  • Allometric relationships of ridgetop Psidium cattleianum communities: a pilot study. Host: UH Mānoa Department of Geography and Environment. Mentor: Liat Portner

9:35 Kamamaluwaiwai Wichimai and Dylan Moniz

  • Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance – NRDS Manual. Host: Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance. Mentor: Cheyenne Hiapo Perry.

9:50 Kūpono Aguirre and Ciarra-Lynn Parinas

  • Education and Outreach Development for Liko Nā Pilina. Host: UH Hilo Department of Biology and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center. Mentors: Rebecca Ostertag, Robert Peck. and Trebor Hall.

10:20 Kaitlyn Evans

  • Forest Restoration Site Avian Point Count Surveys 2015-2020 in Nakula Natural Area Reserve, Maui. Host: Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. Mentors: Hanna Mounce and Laura Berthold.

10:30 Timon Skinner

  • Voices of the Forest: ʻĀkiapōlāʻau. Host: UH Hilo Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Lab. Mentors: Bret Mossman and Patrick Hart.

10:40 Russ Masuda

  • Improving the accuracy of a neural network for the detection of birdsongs. Host: UH Hilo Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Lab. Mentors: Patrick Hart and Grady Weyenberg.

10:50 Cole Dill-De Sa

  • Inbreeding effects on ʻalalā mating behavior. Host: Hawaiʻi Endangered Bird Conservation Program. Mentors: Alison Flanagan and Bryce Masuda.

11:15 Jacob Andre Wessling

  • Vital rates of Hawaiian coral reefs. Host: UH Hilo Multi-Scale Environmental Graphical Analysis (MEGA) Lab. Mentor: John Burns.

11:25 Kauʻi Aguiar

  • Divers and Fishers: Contemporary Relationships of Kānaka Maoli to Kai. Host: UH Hilo Island and Indigenous Sociology Track. Mentor: Marina Karides.

11:35 Kauʻi Kalili

  • Hula: Transferring Environmental Knowledge Across Generations. Host: UH Hilo Island and Indigenous Sociology Track. Mentors: Marina Karides and Pele Kaio.



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