Meet the 2019 UH-HIP Interns

2019 UH-HIP

Amberly Pigao

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Restoring a new population of Palia birds to the north slope of Mauna Kea.

Mentor: Kala Asing.

Agency: Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project.

Anianikū Chong

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Ka Moʻolelo o Kou ʻĀina ʻŌiwi: The Moʻolelo of Your Native Homelands.

Mentor: Noʻeau Peralto.

Agency: Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili.

Cecilia “Momi” Jeschke

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Silvicultural Techniques to Improve Growth Form of Koa Trees on Hawaii Island.

Mentor: J.B. Friday and Kyle Rose.

Agency: College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the University of Hawaii.

Crystal-lynn Baysa

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Community-based Conservation Research and Restoration.

Mentor: Ulu Ching and Kehau Springer.

Agency: Conservation International.

Darienne Kealoha

From: O'ahu.

Project: Social Media Strategies of Scientific Educational Videos on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Mentor: Kelsea Kanohokuahiwi Hosoda.

Agency: ʻIke Pāpālua.

Darrian Muraoka

From: O'ahu.

Project: Habitat Mapping at He’eia National Estuary Research Reserve.

Mentor: Katie Taladay.

Agency: NOAA Office for Coastal Management and He’eia National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Desiree “Hoku” Fukuoka

From: Molokai.

Project: Kāwao Kaʻamola.

Mentor: Pūlama Lima.

Agency: Ka Ipu Makani Cultural Heritage Center.

Elizabeth Lough

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Immune gene diversity in Hawaiʻi ʻAmakihi, ʻApapane and ʻIʻiwi..

Mentor: Jolene Sutton and Jared Nishimoto.

Agency: Conservation Genomics Research Group.

Hiʻilani Pai

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Nāpuʻu Outreach and Education.

Mentor: Melanie Leilā Dudley.

Agency: Nāpuʻu Conservation Program.

Justice Castroverde-Moniz

From: Maui.

Project: Impacts on Kōʻieʻie Loko Iʻa.

Mentor: Patty Miller.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Kaiʻanui Andaya

From: Kauai.

Project: The Application of Geospatial Surveying Methods in the Ahupuaʻa of Keawanui & Kailapa.

Mentor: Ryan Perroy and James Melcher IV.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Kamalani Oshiro

From: O'ahu.

Project: The Biogeography of Aquatic Pathogens in Hawaiian Watersheds.

Mentor: Kiana L. Frank.

Agency: Pacific Biosciences Research Center, Kewalo Marine Laboratory.

Kohlby Soong

From: O'ahu.

Project: Analyzing 15N signatures in algal tissue in Heʻeia Fishpond to determine wastewater input..

Mentor: Kawika Winter,Yoshimi Rii, and Frederick Reppun.

Agency: Heʻeia National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Matthew Kahoʻohanohano

From: Maui.

Project: Watershed Management in Maui Nui.

Mentor: Kekoa Gurat.

Agency: The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.

Mehana Sabado-Halpern

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Engendering Behavior Change for Conservation.

Mentor: Franny Brewer and Kawehi Lopez.

Agency: Big Island Invasive Species Committee.

Mia Melamed

From: Kauaʻi.

Project: Kauaʻi North Shore Marine Monitoring Project: Gathering baseline data of ʻopihi populations and coral recruitment.

Mentor: Cameron Kaʻilikea Shayler and McKenna Allen.

Agency: Hawaiʻi Division of Aquatic Resources, Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Nahi Nawahine-Pilago

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Māmane and Palila Monitoring in Kaohe and Pu’u Mali.

Mentor: Kala Asing.

Agency: Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Scott Tamayo

From: Kauaʻi.

Project: Creating a Habitat for Yellow-faced Bees in Lawai Kai.

Mentor: Ashly Trask.

Agency: National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Taylor A. Quinories

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Integrating cultural knowledge with restoration efforts on Maunakea.

Mentor: Fritz Klasner and Jessica Kirkpatrick.

Agency: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Taylor Maruno

From: O'ahu.

Project: Mapping the Historic Distribution of Native Hawaiian Helicinids Across the Hawaiian Islands.

Mentor: Norine Yeung and Bernice Pauahi.

Agency: Bishop Museum.

Trevor Yatomi

From: O'ahu.

Project: Developing techniques for restoring marine ecosystems.

Mentor: Chelsea Wolke.

Agency: Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawaiʻi Coral Restoration Nursery.

Twylah Morelli

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: A guide to the Kaʻūpūlehu Dryland Forest Preserve Place-Based Observations Database.

Mentor: Wilds Pihanui Brawner.

Agency: Ka’ūpūlehu Dryland Forest Preserve/ Hawai’i Forest Industry Association.

Yoko Uyehara

From: O'ahu.

Project: Pelekane Historical Imagery Orthomosaic, Sediment erosion hotspot identification, and classification.

Mentor: Katie Taladay.

Agency: Office of Coastal Management and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Zion Tamashiro

From: Hawaiʻi.

Project: Temporal Analysis and Region Origin (TARO) of Mauna Loa Ash Deposits.

Mentor: Jefferson Chang and Frank Trusdell.

Agency: United States Geological Survey: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.