Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES)

PIPES Alumni

2019 MASSIP

Casidhe Mahuka

From: American Samoa.

Project: Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group.

Mentor: Sabrina Woofter.

Agency: Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources - American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group.

Jennet Chang

From: American Samoa.

Project: Implementing a watershed restoration project in American Samoa.

Mentor: DJ Sene.

Agency: American Samoa Community College Division of Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources.

Joshua Muna

From: Guam.

Project: How Coral Reefs are Bleaching on Guam.

Mentor: Mike Gawel and Ashton Williams.

Agency: Guam War in the Pacific National Historical Park.

Mira Eyangel Mariur

From: Palau.

Project: Coral Response to Heat Stress.

Mentor: Victor Nestor.

Agency: Palau International Coral Reef Center.

Yubee Isaac

From: Palau.

Project: Coral Reefs in the National Parks of the Pacific.

Mentor: Sharon Ziegler-Chong.

Agency: Community and Research Partnerships Pacific Internship Program for Exploring Science.

2018 MASSIP

Ann Albert

From: Pohnpei.

Project: The Water Quality and Currents of how Ground Waters and Sewages influence the Coral Reefs at Puakõ, Hawaii Islands.

Mentor: Steven Colbert.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science.

Claudia Thompson

From: American Samoa.

Project: Strengthening Coral Reef Conservation through Education and Outreach.

Mentor: Bret Fuiava.

Agency: National Park Service of American Samoa.

Hannah White

From: Guam.

Project: Development of programming and outreach materials for community education on coral reef ecosystems found in War in the Pacific National Historical Park.

Mentor: Michael Gawel.

Agency: U.S. National Park Service.

Kiara Ringang

From: Palau.

Project: Non- bleached vs. Bleached Jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake.

Mentor: Gerda Ucharm and Sharon Patris.

Agency: Coral Reef Research Foundation.

Tavai Ieremia

From: American Samoa.

Project: Linking GPS/Accelerometer data to Fruit Bat (Pteropus spp.) Behavior.

Mentor: Adam Miles.

Agency: Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.

Teuila Sinclair

From: American Samoa.

Project: Reducing Plastic Waste in the streams of Fagaalu, American Samoa by 50% by 2020..

Mentor: Kim McGuire.

Agency: Coral Reef Advisory Group / Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.

Theresa Aten

From: Chuuk.

Project: Socio-economic Surveys on the Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas in Ngarchelong.

Mentor: Lincy Lee Marino.

Agency: Palau International Coral Reef Center.

Yubee Isaac

From: Palau.

Project: Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi) Monitoring in Kalaupapa, Molokai.

Mentor: Eric Brown.

Agency: National Park Service - Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

2017 MASSIP

Jason Henson

From: Marshall Islands.

Project: Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) Response.

Mentor: Darcy Oishi and Michael Melzer.

Agency: Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture/University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Jenelle Blesam

From: Palau.

Project: Sustainable Seafoods Palau.

Mentor: Ann Singeo.

Agency: Ebiil Society Inc.

Natasha Ripley

From: American Sāmoa.

Project: Assessing Coral Bleaching Surveys in the National Parks of American Sāmoa.

Mentor: Bert Fuiava.

Agency: National Parks Service of American Sāmoa.

Risa Myazoe

From: Hawaiʻi Island.

Project: Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response Program.

Mentor: Darcy Oishi and Michael Melzer.

Agency: Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture/University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

2016 MASSIP

Faasalafa "Diana" Kitiona

From: Oʻahu.

Project: US Pacific Territories Fishery Capacity-Building Program Internship.

Mentor: Sylvia Spalding.

Agency: Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

Knox Tkel

From: Palau.

Project: Digitizing and managing a database for conservation resources.

Mentor: Bernie Besebes.

Agency: Palau Conservation Society.

Marli Klass

From: Palau.

Project: Turtle Monitoring and Data Collection: Turtles of Palau’s Northern Reef.

Mentor: Ann Singeo and Joshua Eberdong.

Agency: Ebiil Society Incorporated.

Yubee K. Isaac

From: Palau.

Project: Monitoring fish at seagrass beds in marine protected areas.

Mentor: Victor Nestor.

Agency: Palau International Coral Reef Center.

2015 MASSIP

Joseph Anastacio

From: Oʻahu.

Mentor: Whitney Peterson.

Agency: Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative.

Josephine Tupu

From: Oʻahu and American Samoa.

Mentor: Kalisi Mausio & Hideyo Hattori.

Agency: National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA).

2014 MASSIP

Lajkit Rufus

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Surficial Geomorphology and Erosion at the Mauna Kea Summit.

Mentor: Ryan Perroy.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Geography & Env Science.

2013 MASSIP

Ike Sagaga

Project: United States Forest Service.

Mentor: Flint Hughes.

Agency: US FS.

Joseph Atafua

Project: Designing holding cages for Kahala.

Mentor: Armando Garcia.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo PACRC.

Josh Puni

Project: The recovery of Kiula forest, Managing and Monitoring Invasive specie (Albizia) In Kiula Forest..

Mentor: Flint Hughes.

Agency: US FS.

Kevin Edward

Project: Potential Sites for Robotics Testing on Mauna Kea.

Mentor: Christian Andersen.

Agency: PISCES.

Ruby Tapuai

Project: The Turtles Project at the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.

Mentor: Alden Tagarino.

Agency: American Samoa DWNR.

2010 MASSIP

Aleyna Ngirengkoi

Project: Impacts of Savanna Vegetation on Ecosystem Services in Pacific Islands..

Mentor: Susan Cordell.

Agency: USDA IPIF.

Charlene Afu

Project: Coral Reef Education Module Team Member..

Mentor: Cory Nash.

Agency: NPS Pacific Island Network.

Victor Nestor

Project: Control of Invasive Species Through Management: Falcataria moluccana in the Republic of Palau..

Mentor: Flint Hughes & Amanda Uowolo.

2009 MASSIP

Bond Segal

Project: Impacts of Sakau Plantations use on the biodiversity and other ecological parameteres of Micronesian streams.

Mentor: Richard MacKenzie.

Agency: US Forest Service.

Javez Mooteb

From: Yap.

Project: YAP Marine Resources.

Mentor: Andy Tafileichig.

Agency: Marine Resources Division.

Tua Gaoteote

Project: Forest Inventory work in the Laupahoehoe unit of the Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest.

Mentor: Flint Hughes, Amanda Uowolo, Tavita Togia.

Agency: US Forest Service & National Park of American Samoa.

2008 MASSIP

Alfonso Alexander

From: Pohnpei.

Project: Study on Sakau Plantation effects on Watershed..

Mentor: Rich MacKenzie.

Agency: USDA - Forest Service.

Kasti Roby

From: Pohnpei.

Project: Study on Sakau Plantation effects on Watershed..

Mentor: Rich MacKenzie.

Agency: USDA - Forest Service.

2007 MASSIP

Mable Defan

From: Yap.

Project: Restoration of degraded savannas in the Pacific Islands.

Mentor: Susan Cordell.

Agency: USDA Forest Service.

Percy Yalisman

From: Yap.

Project: Restoration of degraded savannas in the Pacific Island.

Mentor: Susan Cordell.

Agency: USDA Forest Service.

2006 MASSIP

Javez Mooteb

From: Yap.

Mentor: Margie Falanruw.

Agency: USDA Forest Service Yap.

Julie Sigrah

From: Kosrae.

Mentor: Richard Mackenzie.

Agency: USDA Forest Service.

2005 MASSIP

Heather Ketebengang

From: Palau.

Project: Lake Ngardok Interpretation.

Mentor: Katie Friday.

Agency: USDA Forest Service, Palau Division of Agriculture & Mineral Resources, Palau Conservation Society.

James Sword

From: American Samoa.

Project: Happy Trails.

Mentor: Eric Hanson.

Agency: ASCC Land Grant.

Javez Mooteb

From: Yap.

Project: Monitoring environmental impact of typhoon assistance efforts.

Mentor: Margie Falanruw.

Agency: USDA Forest Service Yap.

Sholeh Hanser

From: Palau.

Project: Marine Protected Areas Assessment.

Mentor: Charlene Mersai.

Agency: Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC).

2004 MASSIP

Issac Albert

From: Kosrae.

Project: Mangrove Crab Research.

Mentor: Craig Severence.

Agency: USDA Forest Service.

Losi Leiato

From: American Samoa.

Project: Mosquito vector-born disease research.

Mentor: Craig Severence.

Agency: American Samoa Community College & American Samoa Center for Disease Control.