Archived Pairs

Gordon and Aka Aka Beebe (m, R) and Gordon Walker (M, L)

Aka is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in the Natural Sciences at Kapi‘olani Community College and plans to soon transfer into SOEST’s Global Environmental Science program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Aka is currently conducting research involving the intersection of Western science and traditional la‘au lapa‘au techniques. Aka enjoys food and is a very family-oriented kane, and is a proud father of two keiki with his beautiful wife. Ultimately his goal is to achieve a broad understanding of Hawaiian ecosystems, tying together economic, cultural, and physical science perspectives. Gordon Walker is originally from Kingston, Jamaica and came to Hawai‘i many years ago to try open water swimming and surfing. In 2012 Gordon completed an M.S. in SOEST’s Oceanography program, before which he was a teacher in New York City, India and Hawai‘i. Through his teaching and research experiences Gordon has served as an outstanding mentor for numerous young minds.

Anthony and Alma Anthony Barro (m, L) and Alma Castillo (M, R)

Anthony is pursuing a B.S. in Global Environmental Sciences at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH). He is excited to be part of the Maile community and is eager to find opportunities and scholarships to improve his education. Anthony enjoys sports fishing and spending time at the beach with his wife and two children. Alma is originally from Mexico and came to Hawai‘i to pursue her graduate studies in Physical Oceanography. She completed her M.S at UH in 2014 and is currently working on her Ph.D. analyzing the surface currents around Hawai‘i. On her free time, she enjoys surfing, yoga and spending time with her family. She loves teaching and is really excited to interact with the Hawaiian culture as part of this Maile program.

Helena and Harrison Helena Bierens (m,L) and Harrison Togia (M,R)

Helena is a Leeward Community College student pursuing coursework that will lead to a BS degree in Geology & Geophysics at UH Mānoa. Returning to school after a break in her education, Helena has been a classical guitar instructor for 12 years and is motivated to obtain a degree in a field she loves. She has broad interests ranging from planetary processes to conservation and sustainability. Helena’s mentor Harrison graduated with a MS in Geology & Geophysics from UHM. His research focused on geophysical and dynamic understandings of deep earth processes and the responses of the shallow earth, including mantle plumes, mantle convection, and plate subduction. Harrison currently teaches physics at Leeward Community College and has experience mentoring both at the high school and college level.

Edna and AlmaEdna Díaz Negrón (m,L) and Alma Castillo (M,R)

Edna Díaz Negrón is a recent graduate from UH Hilo who is interested in attending graduate school. She is currently applying for an MS degree in Marine Science and plans to focus on estuaries and ecology of sea-birds. An islander herself (from Puerto Rico), Edna has always felt very connected to the land and ocean and is passionate about taking care of natural resources. Edna’s mentor Alma is originally from Mexico and came to Hawai‘i to pursue her graduate studies in Physical Oceanography. She completed her MS at UH Mānoa in 2014 and is currently working on her Ph.D. analyzing the surface currents around Hawai‘i. In her free time, she enjoys surfing, yoga and spending time with her family. She loves teaching and is really excited to interact with the Hawaiian culture as part of this Maile program.

Elisha and Alisha Alisha Summers (m, R) and Elisha Wood-Charlson (M, L)

Alisha is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Environmental Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Alisha is currently starting research with GLASS (Global AIS on the International Space Station) using Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to detect illegal fishing in the Pacific. She enjoys the ocean, hiking, and has shown interests in physical oceanography and marine biology. Ultimately, her goal is to travel after graduating from undergrad and then going on to graduate school. Elisha is the Research/Communications Manager for the Simons Collaboration for Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE). She has a PhD from Oregon State in Marine Science and enjoys working at the interface of research and communications.

Lean and Heather Lean Teodoro (m, L) and Heather Kaluna (M, R)

Lean is from the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Geology and Geophysics with a pre-medicine track as a transfer student. She is a Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium Fellow researching extraterrestrial dust being collected in Mauna Loa. Lean’s dream is to work for NASA and contribute to future space exploration and a manned mission to Mars. Her mentor Heather is from Pāhoa, Hawai‘i and received her PhD in Astronomy at UH Mānoa in May 2015. Currently, she is a postdoctoral Fellow at the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Heather conducts observations using telescopes on Mauna Kea to observe water-rich asteroids and weather in space. She also conducts laboratory experiments to study the changes water-rich asteroids experience due to space weathering.

Sherril and Reid Reid Fowler (m, R) and Sherril Leon-Soon (M, L)

Reid is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in the Natural Sciences at Kapiolani Community College and looks forward to transferring to the University of Hawai‘i at Mā:noa campus soon. Reid is interested in pairing engineering with environmental science and is currently exploring creative possibilities for his research and education. His mentor Sherril hails from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, and is currently a Ph.D. student in SOEST’s Department of Oceanography working at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB). Sherril has found a passion working with native students in Hawai‘i, serving as a mentor for numerous undergraduate and high school students. Sherril brings to Hawaii the family-oriented philosophy of her island nation at home, and enjoys sharing her knowledge of coastal ecosystems and best management practices with the community.

Eric and Bradley Bradley Hughes (m, R) and Eric Tong (M, L)

Bradley is a Hawaiian Studies undergraduate student pursuing the Mālama ‘Āina focus. He was born and raised in Ka‘alaea, O‘ahu on his ‘ohana’s windward farm. Having worked at Waiāhole Elementary, Hui Kū Maoli Ola and Papahana Kuaola, he brings a community-focused natural resource perspective to his current research. He is examining traditional mo‘olelo in reference to Pālolo to learn more about the sources and historical uses of Ka‘au. Eric is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Oceanography from Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu. His projects range from community-based ecological studies of important nearshore resources locally in Hawai‘i nei to investigating patterns of dispersal in important reef resources across the Tahitian Archipelago using genetics. Together, they are exploring research avenues that bridge culture and science, mauka and makai.

Melanie and Kiana Melanie Keliipuleole (m, L) and Kiana Frank (M, R)

Melanie recently received her ASNS degree at KCC and is now pursing a B.S. in Global Environmental Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). She hopes to continue on to graduate school with a focus in Biological Oceanography. Melanie is a C-MORE scholar working to identify the genetic connectiity of the sea urchin, Colobocentrotus atratus. She has won multiple awards for her work with sea urchins and an award for her work of uncovering the science behind Ka‘au Crater’s red spring. Melanie’s mentor, Kiana is a SOEST Young Investigator in Oceanography at UHM. She is a microbial biogeochemist interested in understanding the complex role that microorganisms play in biogeochemical cycling, with focus on describing the microbial community structure, functional capacity and rates of metabolic activity. She works very closely with Dr. Rosie Alegado to investigate links between biogeochemical processes and microbial communities in coastal marine environments like He‘eia Fishpond. Kiana earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Harvard University in 2013. Kiana grew up in Kailua, O‘ahu and is a proud graduate of Kamehameha schools.

Lani and Tina Lani Kito-Ho (m, L) and Tina Lin (M, R)

Lani is a GESs student at UH, but does not know what kind of research she would like to do in the future. She feels that the GES program is a step in the right direction to explore her options. Through the Native Hawaiian Science Engineering and Mathematics Program (NHSEMP), Lani was able to participate in a field sampling trip to Papua New Guinea over this past summer. She is glad to be a part of the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge program for extra support and building confidence as she moves forward in her academic journey. Tina is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Oceanography. She started her Ph.D. program at UHM in 2007 and after 6 years of hard work, received her Ph.D. in Oceanography in the summer of 2013. Her research involves studying the biogeochemistry of hydrothermal fluids circulation in the basaltic rocks underneath the ocean sediment. She has had the opportunity to dive to depths of ~10,000 ft (2600m) in the famous human-occupied-vehicle (i.e. a research submarine) ALVIN, and has also participated in several remotely-operated-vehicle JASON cruises. She is very interested in outreach and education programs and is glad to be part of the Maile program as Lani’s mentor!

Kelly and Rebecca Kelly Lance (m, L) and Rebecca Simpson (M, R) and

Hailing from O‘ahu, Kelly is a senior-standing undergraduate student at UH Mānoa majoring in Meteorology with a minor in Hawaiian Studies. Sparking her interest in air-sea interactions, sailing is one of Kelly’s passions that has led her to training with the crew of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a. Kelly hopes to be able to combine her passions of sailing, marine science, and Hawaiian culture in graduate school or a career with NOAA corps. Rebecca is originally from Colorado and came to Hawai‘i to study the marine atmosphere. She completed her M.S. in Oceanography in 2010 and is currently working on her Ph.D. Rebecca serves as the head teaching assistant of Science of the Sea (OCN 201), an introductory Oceanography course. Through this experience, she has developed an interest in cultivating young local students’ interest in and appreciation for science.

Lora and Aaron Aaron Lee (m, R) and Lora Van Uffelen (M, L)

Originally from Makakilo, O’ahu, Aaron has recently transferred to SOEST to pursue a degree in Global Environmental Science. An ocean lover and recreational fisherman, Aaron completed coursework at Leeward Community College and is also interested in engineering. Lora is a researcher in the Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering at UH. She has a B.S. in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Oceanography and works primarily with Seagliders, which are autonomous underwater vehicles, equipped with sound recorders. Since she started in oceanography Lora has spent over a year at sea, but when she is landlubbing she enjoys traveling and scuba diving in Hawai‘i.

Donn and Aaron Aaron Lee (m, R) and Donn Viviani (M, L)

Originally from Makakilo, O‘ahu, Aaron has recently transferred to SOEST to pursue a degree in Global Environmental Science. An ocean lover and recreational fisherman, Aaron completed coursework at Leeward Community College. He is currently working with Dr. Jeffrey Drazen in the Department of Oceanography to find pair down his research interests. Donn is a Ph.D. candidate in SOEST’s Department of Oceanography, and is originally from Virginia. Donn came to Hawaii to do his graduate work with the Hawai‘i Ocean Time-series program. He finished his Masters in 2009, and has racked up 342 days doing science at sea. Before he became a graduate student, he spent time as a teacher, an outdoor educator, and a lifeguard, among many other things. His interest in sharing his fascination with science dates back to his museum days.

Augustine and Olivia Augustine Luc (m, R) and Olivia Nigro (M, L)

Augustine is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Science in Biotechnology at Kapi‘olani Community College. Augustine is currently conducting research on producing antibodies from hybrid cells. She graduated from Kaimuki High School magna cum laude. Augustine hopes to pursue a degree in medicine at the University of Hawai‘i. Olivia is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Although she works in the field of oceanography, a large portion of her research is closely related to the medical field including work on the human pathogen, Vibrio vulnificus. She has been living in Hawai‘i for over 10 years, and is also mother to three great kids.

Tatiana and Shimi Tatiana Oje (m, L) and Shimi Rii (M, R)

Tatiana is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Tati is also a C-MORE Scholar working with Dr. Oceana Francis, researching the effect of storm intensity on surface wind-driven waves, and her career goal is to work in the field of renewable energy. She has won numerous awards, including 1st place for a poster in the Environment and Engineering category, at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C. Tati’s mentor, Shimi, is a Ph.D. student in Oceanography at the University of Hawai‘i. Shimi’s graduate research examines the population dynamics of small phytoplankton in the open sea and how they contribute to the oceanic carbon cycle. Aside from her research, Shimi’s two passions are inspiring local students to pursue marine science and improving science communication through writing.

Shellie and Lhiberty Lhiberty Pagaduan (m, R) and Shellie Habel (M, L)

Lhiberty Pagaduan is an undergraduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) pursuing a B.A. in Geology. She has shown interest in the igneous petrology of Mars. Lhiberty works for GEAR UP which is federally funded grant partnership with Waipahu Intermediate School and Waipahu High School. The program provides 2020 cohort students access to college preparation workshops. Lhiberty’s mentor, Shellie Habel is a M.S. student in Marine and Environmental Geology at UHM. She works with the UH-Mānoa Coastal Geology Group under Dr. Chip Fletcher, focusing on beach erosion studies and modeling future flooding in Waikīkī due to sea level rise.

Haunani Pua (m, not pictured) and Haunani Kane (M)

Pua is an enthusiastic undergraduate majoring in Geology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i. She has shown interest in volcanology and hydrology, and continues to explore different facets of geology. This past summer, Pua enjoyed her internship with USGS on Hawai‘i island. Pua is a mentor herself, working closely with Keolani Noa and the KCC STEM Center to provide student trips and college tours, among other things. Haunani Kane is a PhD student in Geology and Geophysics, working in the Coastal Geology lab of Dr. Chip Fletcher within SOEST. Haunani is from Kailua, O‘ahu, and her research centers on better understanding past and future sea-level rise events to assist coastal risk management. She believes that by tying culture to science we may be able to inspire more young native scientists.

Jess and Linyan Jessica Shon (m, L) and Linyan Li (M, R)

Jessica is a student at KCC with an interest in environmental engineering. In her free time, she enjoys surfing, free diving, and hiking. Linyan came to Hawai‘i from China two years ago as an international student. She got her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Science and Engineering in China. By participating in a project on tsunami forecasting in South China Sea during her Master thesis, she realized that she was more interested in Physical Oceanography and then decided to change the direction towards it. Now she is pursuing a PhD degree in the department of Ocean and Resources Engineering. Her research is focused on tsunami modeling and interactions between currents and waves. In her free time, she likes hiking, watching shows and eating with friends. She really enjoys her work and life in Hawai‘i, and would like to try her best to help the native Hawaiian students in their study journey through this Maile Bridge program.

Diamond and Tiffany Diamond Tachera (m, L) and Tiffany Anderson (M, R)

Diamond Tachera (Hawaii Kai, HI) is an undergraduate student at UH-Mānoa pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Geophysics. After she earns her Bachelor’s degree, Diamond will pursue her graduate degree at UHM focusing on groundwater flow and geochemistry, and eventually find a career here at home. Diamond is currently a C-MORE Scholar, working on a research project in the Experimental Petrology lab. Tiffany Anderson (Kapa‘a, HI) feels blessed to mentor such a positive and enthusiastic spirit as Diamond. Tiffany earned her PhD in Geology and Geophysics from UH-Mānoa in 2013. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UH-Mānoa’s Coastal Geology Group, focusing on modeling shorelines and shoreline change activity. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and spending time with her daughter, Ke‘alohi.

William and Rebecca William Truong (m, L) and Rebecca Simpson (M, R)

William hails from the east side of O‘ahu and is a senior majoring in Marine Biology and has broad interests researching the ecological roles of abundant midwater animals, like copepods, fishes, crustaceans, and cephalopods. Rebecca is originally from Colorado and came to Hawai‘i to study the marine atmosphere. She completed her M.S. in Oceanography in 2010 and is currently working on her Ph.D. Rebecca serves as the head teaching assistant of Science of the Sea (OCN 201), an introductory Oceanography course. Through this experience she has developed an interest in cultivating young local students’ interest in and appreciation for science.

Chantel and Jennifer Jennifer Wong-Ala (m, R) and Chantel Chang (M, L)

Jennifer is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in the Natural Sciences at Kapi‘olani Community College. She hails from Waimanalo and is a hard-working C-MORE Scholar interested in pursuing marine and environmental science. Recently, Jennifer has been working on a research project that looks at how physical and biological factors play a role in shaping connectivity among reef fish populations off Hawai‘i Island. In the fall of 2015, Jennifer will transfer to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as a junior in the Global Environmental Science Program. Jennifer’s mentor, Chantel is a graduate student in Oceanography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa studying the genetic connectivity of copepods through biophysical modeling. Being born and raised in ‘Āina Haina, Chantel grew up with a fascination and love for the ocean and surfing. She is passionate about ocean conservation, sustainability, and deepening her understanding of the Hawaiian culture.

Jennifer and Anela Jennifer Wong-Ala (m, L) and Anela Choy (M, R)

Jennifer is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in the Natural Sciences at Kapi‘olani Community College. She hails from Waimanalo and is a hard-working C-MORE Scholar interested in pursuing marine and environmental science. Recently, Jennifer has been working on a research project characterizing the metabolism and ecology of an important marine bacterium. Jennifer’s mentor, Anela recently completed her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawai‘i. Anela’s graduate research examined the connectivity of open ocean food webs in Hawaiian waters, and how they contribute to the production of large, commercially valuable fishes like tunas and billfishes. Anela is a proud graduate of Roosevelt High School, and throughout her graduate education has been working closely with local and Hawaiian students, nurturing a passion for getting young native scientists excited about the vast marine environment.

2018 Mentoring Pairs

Kyle (mentee, left) and Brenner (mentor, right)

Kyle Aukai & Brenner Wai

Kyle is an awesome student who is currently working toward his Associate’s degree in Natural Science with a focus in physical science at Kapi’olani Community College. Close to graduating, Kyle plans to transfer to the Global Environmental Science (GES) program at UH Mānoa, where he can pursue his interest in both land and marine environments. Kyle’s mentor Brenner is a research technician in oceanography with experience onboard research vessels. A C-MORE Scholar alumnus and graduate of the GES program, Brenner has a wealth of experience and advice for new students.

Honour (mentee, left) and Heidi (mentor, right)

Honour Booth & Heidi Needham

A proud O‘ahu native, Honour is working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Global Environmental Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). Honour was recently accepted as a Ike Wai scholar working in rainfall chemistry. Some of her favorite activities include surfing and being in the ocean, working in tutu’s yard and learning new languages. Honour’s mentor, Heidi, is a SOEST alumna. She is a graduate of the GES program and has worked on diverse projects ranging from planetary geology to ecological climate science. A Master’s student, she is currently working to develop a downscaled hydro-climate model of the main Hawaiian Islands. Heidi is passionate about science education and outreach, especially amongst underrepresented groups and is involved in several programs that focus on higher education goals amongst minorities.

Nick (mentor, left) and Noah (mentee, right)

Noah Howins & Nicholas Turner

Noah Howins is a Global Environmental Science (GES) student at UH Mānoa. He is fascinated with learning about the planet and thoroughly enjoys every topic he has been introduced to while in the program. He has a particular interest in tropical reef systems and how they can be affected by anthropogenic influences. He is also interested in the socioeconomic effects of climate change on low-lying island communities. His mentor, Nicolas Turner, is a graduate student in Geology & Geophysics who specializes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, robotics and volcanology. His area of expertise includes operating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to gather data for scientific and humanitarian relief projects.

Honoka (mentee, left) & Diamond (mentor, right)

Honoka Katayama & Diamond Tachera

Honoka is getting her ASNS degree at Kapi‘olani Community College and is interested in entering the Global Environmental Science (GES) program at UH ā. She is interested in marine species, coral reefs, algae, and invasive species within the marine ecosystem. She is also interested in climate change and its effects on marine ecosystems as well as coastal habitats and communities. The ocean plays an influential role in her life; therefore, she has a strong overall interest in protecting the marine environment. Diamond (from Kaimuki) is a graduate student at UH Mānoa pursuing a Master’s degree in Geology and Geophysics. Having recently earned her Bachelor’s degree in the same field, Diamond is now studying groundwater flow and geochemistry in the Hawaiian Islands. She has long-term goals of building a career here at home working with these important resources.

Elaine (mentor, left) and Lani (mentee, right)

Nalani Kito-Ho & Elaine Luo

Lani is a GESs student at UH, but does not know what kind of research she would like to do in the future. She feels that the GES program is a step in the right direction to explore her options. Through the Native Hawaiian Science Engineering and Mathematics Program (NHSEMP), Lani was able to participate in a field sampling trip to Papua New Guinea over this past summer. She is glad to be a part of the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge program for extra support and building confidence as she moves forward in her academic journey. Elaine Luo is a graduate student in Marine Biology.

Shellie (mentor, left) and Aaron (mentee, right)

Shellie Habel & Aaron Lee

Aaron’s love for the ocean, and the many things that come with it, initially sparked his interest in science. He was originally enrolled in the Global Environmental Science Program but has become increasingly interested in mechanical engineering. He is now enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Program and is working to become FE certified (the first step to becoming a licensed professional engineer) either by the time he graduates or shortly thereafter. Aaron’s mentor, Shellie Habel, is a Ph.D. student in Marine and Environmental Geology at UH Mānoa. She works with the Coastal Geology Group under Dr. Chip Fletcher, focusing on beach erosion studies and modeling future flooding in Waikīkī due to sea level rise.

No‘eau (mentee, left) and Kristian (mentor, right)

No‘eau Machado & Kristian McDonald

No‘eau is in the Global Environmental Science (GES) program and plans to graduate in Spring 2019. He is interested in environmental and cultural conservation and restoration in Hawai‘i. He is also interested in studying the ocean, especially marine environments in Hawai‘i such as coral reefs and how human interference can affect these environments. As a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, he has special interest in topics that blend environmental science with Hawaiian culture, such as loko i‘a and lo‘i. No‘eau’s mentor Kristian just graduated this fall with his Bachelor of Science from Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) with a minor in Geology & Geophysics (G&G). This spring, he started his Master‘s degree in G&G studying coastal geology. Kristian is specifically interested in managing coastal systems here in Hawai‘i with an interest in understanding and mitigating sustainability problems associated with climate change. Also a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Kristian is interested in using his knowledge to support the local community.

Candice (mentee, left) and Veronica (mentor, right)

Candice Matsuda & Veronica Gibson

Candice is a recent graduate of Leeward Community College who transferred into the Global Environmental Science (GES) program. She has local and Japanese roots and enjoys studying the ocean. Candice really likes all aspects of science and aims to find a career protecting and conserving the ‘aina. Her mentor Veronica graduated with her GES degree and has gone on to graduate school in marine botany, ecology and physiology. Her current interests are in watershed hydrogeology with a particular interest in land-based nutrient pollution entering coastal ecosystems. Veronica is kama‘aina from the Kona coast and is interested in ensuring that development in Hawai‘i is carried out in an environmentally responsible manner that ensures the protection of local reefs and fisheries.

Samantha (mentor, left) & Marisol (mentee, right)

Marisol Plazas & Samantha Isgett

Marisol is majoring in Global Environmental Science (GES) at UH Mānoa and plans to graduate in Spring 2019. Her academic goals are to further her knowledge in marine science. She has broad interests in deep sea biology of the ocean, currents, how coral reefs affect the environment (mainly the great barrier reefs), bioluminescence, kelp forest ecosystems and the Mariana Trench. Marisol’s mentor Samantha is a PhD student in Geology & Geophysics. She conducts research in physical volcanology, specifically volcanic eruptions. She is interested in what causes eruptions to change their behavior and their intensity. She is also involved in disaster preparedness and has taken classes at the National Disaster Preparedness Center.

Katie (mentor, left) and Andrew (mentee, right)

Andrew Tokuda & Katie Taladay

Andrew is in the UH Mānoa Global Environmental Science (GES) program and plans to graduate with his BS in Spring 2020. His academic goals revolve around his passions of making discoveries, exploration, and international collaborations. He would like to acquire as much knowledge as possible, and take advantage of the abundant research opportunities that SOEST provides. He has strong interests in the biological aspects of the ocean, especially deep sea ecology and fisheries management. He is Hungarian and Japanese, has lived in Japan, and attended the Hawaiian Japanese School every Saturday while living in Hawai‘i. Andrew identifies with the Japanese culture, and hopes to have the opportunity to work with both US and Japanese scientists. Andrew’s mentor Katie is a PhD student with a diverse background focused in marine geology and coastal ecosystems. Her research focusing on natural gas hydrates provided Katie with incredible opportunities to collaborate with scientists in Japan, Korea, India, across Europe, and the US. She is an avid proponent of science communication and is always looking for ways to share science with the public and to encourage other young scientists. She is currently using remote sensing technologies to map benthic habitats here in Hawai‘i in partnership with several community-based resource management groups.

Gordon (mentor, left) and Shawn (mentee, right)

Shawn Wriston & Gordon Walker

Shaun is currently taking prerequisite courses for the Global Environmental Science (GES) program at UH Mānoa and working towards his Associates of Science in Natural Science (ASNS) at Kapiolani Community College. After completing a Bachelor’s in the GES program, Shaun would like to earn a Master’s in environmental and ocean engineering. Shaun first met his mentor Gordon as “Mr. Walker” his Middle School teacher and is stoked to have him as his undergraduate mentor. Gordon Walker is originally from Kingston, Jamaica and came to Hawai‘i many years ago to try open water swimming and surfing. In 2012, Gordon completed an M.S. in SOEST’s Oceanography program. Previously, he was a teacher in New York City, India and Hawai‘i. Through his teaching and research experiences, Gordon has served as an outstanding mentor for numerous young minds.