Available Thesis Projects & Mentors

There are a variety of ways to find a thesis project and mentor. These include:

Click on project title for description. If interested, contact the mentor or GES Chair, Michael Guidry.

 

FALL 2017

 

 

Mentor(s)

Affiliation

Title

Steven Businger

Atmospheric Sciences

Understanding the carbon footprint of Hawaii Tourism

Steven Businger

Atmospheric Sciences

Improving Oahu’s Resiliency to Hurricane Impacts

Steven Businger

Atmospheric Sciences

Understanding the impact of weather on general aviation accidents in Hawaii

Brian Powell

Oceanography

Using Corals to Describe Past Climate

Brian Powell

Oceanography

A decade of Hawaiian Ocean Ecosystem

Pete Mouginis-Mark

Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

Environmental Effects on Rover Trafficability on Mars

Glenn Carter

Sonia Rowley

Oceanography

Geology and Geophysics

Modeling Flow around Hawaiian Deep-Sea Corals

Brian Glazer

Oceanography

Strategic Monitoring and Resilience Training in the Ala Wai Watershed

Godwin Severa

Hawaii Natural Energy Intstitute

Development of Gas Purification Materials

Godwin Severa

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

Development of Water Purification Materials: Forward Osmosis Water Desalination

Scott Turn, Trevor Morgan, and Jinxia Fu

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

Developing coproducts from Millettia pinnata (pongamia)

Emily Young and Craig Smith

Oceanography

Biomass of Whale-Fall Macrofauna in the NE Pacific

Roy Hardy and Annette Tagawa

Water Resource Management, State of Hawaii

Literature Review of Impacts to Coastal Ecosystems from Submarine Ground Water Discharge in Kona, Hawaii

Peter Englert

Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

Weathering and salt accumulation at Don Juan and Don Quixote ponds in the Antarctic Dry Valleys as an analogue to alteration on Mars

Margaret McManus

Oceanography

Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS)

 

SPRING 2017

 

 

Mentor(s)

Affiliation

Title

Annette DesRochers and Rhonda Suka

NOAA-PIFSC

Assessing recovery of scleractinian coral following bleaching events using Structure from Motion (SfM) techniques

Kyle Edwards

Oceanography

Analyzing the ecological niches of phytoplankton

Jenny Engels and Barb Bruno

Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology

Education Research: 2-stage reviews for student success

Brian Glazer

Oceanography

Protect OTIS: Oceanographic Technological Innovations & Solutions

Martin Guiles and

Doug Luther

Oceanography

Tracking Shoreline Morphology Using Drone Based Photogrammetry

Cassie Ka'apu-Lyons

HIMB

Return of the Fish: Monitoring Kaneohe Bay Ichthyoplankton fauna 36 years after sewage diversion

John Lynham and Chip Fletcher

Economics & SOEST

Mapping Oahu's Seawalls

Alison Nugent

Atmopheric Sciences

Controls on Precipitation on Oahu Drivers of residential water use

 

FALL 2016

 

 

Mentor(s)

Affiliation

Title

Adam Ayers

JIMAR/PIFSC

Equitable conservation of Hawaii pelagic fisheries

Keisha Bahr and Molly Timmers

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology & NOAA-PIFSC

Effects of ocean warming and acidification on reef biodiversity using Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS)

Barbara Bruno and Jenny Engels

Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology

Geoscience Education Research

Erica Goetze

Oceanography

Genome size in marine planktonic crustaceans

Andrea Jani

Oceanography

Field monitoring of wildlife disease

Andrea Jani

Oceanography

Tracking the spread of wildlife disease

Kirsten Leong

NOAA/NMFS/PIFSC

Understanding consumer preferences for aquaculture

Thomas Oliver

NOAA/PIFSC/Coral Reef Ecosystem Program

Quantifying Calcification Rates of Crustose Coralline Algae on forereefs of the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Brian Powell

Oceanography

Predicting the impact of El Niño

Kelvin Richards

Oceanography/IPRC

Playing with Viruses

Daniele Spirandelli

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Land use change and onsite sewage disposal

Daniele Spirandelli

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Drivers of residential water use

Rob Toonen and Kaleonani Hurley

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Integration of next-generation sequencing into traditional Hawaiian practices to improve management and restoration of fishponds

 

SPRING 2016

 

 

Mentor(s)

Affiliation

Title

Rosie Alegado

Oceanography

Influence of Bacteria on Animal Evolution

Rosie Alegado and Axel Timmermann

Oceanography

Reconstructing Historical Climate in Hawaii

Jeremy Kimura

Commission on Water Resource Management

Verification of Stream Diversions on Oahu

Jeremy Kimura

Commission on Water Resource Management

Assisting Staff with Instream Flow Standard Assessment Reports

Noa Kekuewa Lincoln

Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences

Indigenous Cropping Systems: Ethnographic and Biogeochemical Laboratory

Daniele Spirandelli

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Environmental and Human Heath Impacts of Cesspools in Hawaii

Bernardo Vargas-Angel

NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

Analysis of benthic imagery to monitor trends in coral reef community structure in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

 

FALL 2015

 

 

Mentor(s)

Affiliation

Title

Janet Becker

Geology &
Geophysics

Dynamics of surface waves and coastal processes

Grace Chon

NOAA Marine Debris Program

National Observer Program - Pacific Longline Fisheries

Michael Cooney

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

HNEI Biochemical Engineering Laboratory: Low-Energy Low-Chemical High Rate Anaerobic-Aerobic Wastewater Treatment Systems

Eric De Carlo

Oceanography

Evaluation and calibration of real time water quality and bacterial measurements in the Ala Wai Marina

Garrett Ito and Nicole Lautze

Geology &
Geophysics, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology

Exploring for Geothermal Energy in Hawaii with field studies in (1) Geophysics or (2) Groundwater chemistry

Andrea Jani

Oceanography

Microbial ecology of an emerging infectious disease of amphibians

Brian Powell

Oceanography

Source of Biological Blooms in HI

Saulo Soares and Glenn Carter

Oceanography

The Hydraulic Jump of Kaena and its Biological Implications

 

SPRING 2015

 

 

Mentor(s)

Affiliation

Title

Glenn Carter

Oceanography

Intense Tidal Mixing

Glenn Carter

Oceanography

3D Internal Tide Structure

Qi Chen

Geography

Application of Airborn Lidar Data for Environmental Mapping

Michael Cooney

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

Aeroponic Growth of Mixed Crops Using R2 Recycled Water

Eric De Carlo and Michael Guidry

Oceanography

Coastal Ocean Hawaii Acidification Network (COHAN)

Margo Edwards

Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology

GLASS - Global AIS on the International Space Station

Justin Hospital

NOAA Pacific Islands
Fisheries Science Center

Social Indications of Vulnerability for Hawaii and Pacific Islands Territories

Garrett Ito

Geology &
Geophysics

Computer Modeling Study of the Geometry of Mid-Ocean Ridges

Michael Roberts

Economics

Environmental and Resource Economics: Why Renewable Energy in Hawaii?

Craig Smith

Oceanography

Fjord Ecosystem Structure and Function on the West Antarctic Peninsula

 

FALL 2014

 

 

Mentor(s)

Affiliation

Title

David Beilman

Geography

Terrestrial ecosystems and climate change studies

Glenn Carter

Oceanography

Intense Tidal Mixing on Kaena Ridge

Peter Englert

Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology

Hydrology, Weathering, and Climate

Carolyn Faithfull

Umea University, Department of Ecology & Environmental Science

Nauplii - a link between copepods and the microbial food web?

Tomoaki Miura

Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Remote Sensing of Global Vegetation Phenology

Pete Mouginis-Mark

Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

Determination of sea-level rise from Satellites

Craig Nosse

SOEST Ocean Technology Group

Development of Automated Quality Conrol and Shoreside Processing of Underway Datasets

Craig Nosse

SOEST Ocean Technology Group

Establishing Protocols and Operational Improvements for One Meter MOCNESS

Michael Rappe

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Exploring the Genetic Features of New Microbial Phyla From the Subseafloor

 

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