How (& why) to cage & feed an urchin

“Urchin prisons” is what Clint (my dive buddy) calls them. Below are pictures from our in situ (in the field) grazing assays exploring the rates and preferences of herbivorous sea urchins in Hawaii.  Why do this?  Urchins are important consumers of algae on tropical coral reefs.  Without urchins, algae may grow unchecked and smother theContinue reading “How (& why) to cage & feed an urchin”

Good Kine Overfishing

INVASIVE SPECIES are those that, due to human activities, have proliferated in areas where they naturally would not.  In Hawaii, the peacock grouper (roi), blue-line snapper (ta’ape) and another snapper (toau) are predatory fishes that were introduced to the main Hawaiian islands many decades ago.  They’ve since proliferated and are believed to be both competingContinue reading “Good Kine Overfishing”

The development, execution, and completion of a thesis is like raising a child.

I am currently between a 6 & 7 with my oldest (MS) and a 4 & 5 with my youngest (PhD). Some might prefer the roller coaster analogy; but to me, the development, execution, and completion of a thesis is more than just a carnival ride. What do I know about raising a child (i.e.,Continue reading “The development, execution, and completion of a thesis is like raising a child.”

Visiting the Most Remote Islands On Earth

In Fall 2010, I had the opportunity to join a research cruise to some of the most remote, beautiful, and megafauna-rich islands in the world:  the Northern Line Islands.  We went scuba diving daily, hanging with giant snappers, sharks, and mantas.  We were surrounded by coral gardens with such complexity that it’s hard to describeContinue reading “Visiting the Most Remote Islands On Earth”

“I can harvest light with no chloroplasts”

Last quarter, for my phycology (algae) class, I needed to create something artistic with an algal focus.  After pondering various types of foods, visual art, and algal-based food and drinking apparatuses (not “apparati”); I realized my moment.  I love writing poetry/song.  I love making movies.  I love music.  Thus spawned my music video:  “Chloroplasts”  

His Holiness shares his views on science and compassion.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited UCSD yesterday and Scripps Institution of Oceanography today.  I was honored to serve as the student representative of SIO at the lunch and panel discussion in the Paine Forum.   I have not studied his teachings or read his books, but I have listened to some of his lectures. Continue reading “His Holiness shares his views on science and compassion.”

American Fisheries Society, 2012, San Diego

Fishing and fisheries science are what originally piqued my interest in the biological and environmental sciences.  I’ve been a member of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for nearly a decade now and was honored when my close friend and colleague Jim Hobbs, the president-elect of the California-Nevada Branch of AFS, asked me to serve onContinue reading “American Fisheries Society, 2012, San Diego”

Hanging with the Pacific Voyagers

For millenia, Polynesian cultures have navigated vast swaths of the Pacific using canoes and sailing vessels such as the vaka moana. In a recent effort to celebrate Polynesian culture and bring attention to the importance of presevering our oceans, a group known as the Pacific Voyagers have embarked on a sailing expedition from New Zealand,Continue reading “Hanging with the Pacific Voyagers”

Thanks to all SciFunders!

The first Rockethub.com SciFund campaign has ended and I was honored and excited to participate! My deepest thanks goes out to the 32 family members, friends, and trusting environmental stewards who generously contributed to my project “Saving Hawaii’s Coral Reefs.” In sum, we received 34 contributions from 32 fuelers, totaling $1,815.00. This is a HUGEContinue reading “Thanks to all SciFunders!”