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Feb. 21 - Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Dr. Stephen Allen was interviewed by The Maui News regarding the use of biosolids in compost at the Maui EKO composting plant.

Professor of Chemistry Dr. David Horgen and his colleagues at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (Brest, France) identified the TRPM7 ion channel protein‘s key role in cystic fibrosis. Their discovery appears in the journal Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, and opens the potential for new treatment strategies. Notably, aspects of this paper and other recent advances in the field of TRPM7 research were made possible by the prior work of two CNCS alumni—Dr. Cedric Kuo (B.S. Biochemistry) and Ms. Brandi Kivi (M.S. Marine Science)—who helped develop a potent TRPM7 inhibitor from a Hawaiian soft coral while they were still students at HPU.

MSMS concurrent student Sarah Donahue was awarded the runner-up poster presentation award at the 2016 Pacific Seabird Group Conference held in O'ahu last week. Her presentation was entitled, "Diet of Red-footed Boobies Provisioning Chicks on O‘ahu".

Feb. 11-13 - The Pelagicos lab is participating in the Pacific Seabird Group Conference at Turtle Bay, O'ahu, between February 11 - 13. Dr. David Hyrenbach, MSMS alum Shannon Lyday, and MSMS graduate students Catherine Pham and Sarah Donahue will be making presentations.

The latest issue of the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms features the work of HPU alum Jessica Jacob (B.S. '11, M.S. Marine Science '12). The paper, entitled "Initial characterization of novel beaked whale morbillivirus in Hawaiian cetaceans", is based on Jessica's master’s thesis work and was coauthored by CNCS Associate Dean Dr. Brenda Jensen and Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Kristi West.

Jan. 25-29 - MSMS graduate student Catherine Pham is presenting her MSMS thesis research at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage. Entitled "Interannual variability in seabird communities with respect to prey and oceanography in the northern Bering and Chukchi seas", this research was completed in the lab of Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. David Hyrenbach in collaboration with USFWS and NOAA researchers.

Jan. 06 - Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Kristi West was recently interviewed by Hawaii Public Radio regarding this year’s delayed humpback whale migration. The whales annually migrate from Alaska to Hawaii, but the whales have been running behind for the 2015-2016 season. During the interview, Dr. West speculates that the warmer northern waters from a strong El Nino year could be causing the whales to arrive later than would normally be expected.

FALL 2015

Dec. 02 - In collaboration with researchers from INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, HPU alum Tifanie Vansach (B.S. Marine Biology '11) and Professor of Chemistry Dr. David Horgen published a paper in the journal Food Chemistry. Their research focused on the antimicrobial effects of algae and cyanobacteria--collected from around Oahu and the Caribbean--on some common foodborn pathogens. Several of the compounds showed antimicrobial activity which could lead to further research on the application of these compounds to our food system.

Nov. 14 - The CNCS’s Department of Computer Science sent six student teams to the annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Pacific Northwest Region’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Two of HPU’s teams competed in Division 1 while four competed in Division 2, with all teams being coached by Computer Science faculty Dr. Curt Powley and Dr. Yi Zhu. This year, HPU had three teams finish in the top three across both divisions at the Hawaii site, including taking first place in Hawaii’s Division 1; a complete listing of the ICPC contest results for HPU’s student participants can be found in this article.

HPU Pelagicos Lab Professor Dr. David Hyrenbach, undergraduate alum Matt Dwyer, and MSMS graduates  Shannon Lyday, Dan Rapp, and Sarah Youngren presented their research at the 3rd International Seabird Conference, held in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2015. As part of their work with the BIOPS program--a collaboration between Oikonos, the National Fish and Wildlife Service, and NOAA--the lab highlighted their findings from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (Plastic ingestion by Tern Island Seabirds: a community-wide perspective) as well as the Main Hawaiian islands (Developing Metrics for Plastic Ingestion by Wedge-tailed Shearwaters).

Nov. 08 - Local news reports that a team of researchers, including Associate Professor Dr. Kristi West, is investigating a false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) carcass that washed up on the Big Island. The animal was flown to Oahu where it will be studied for clues to help protect the remaining ~200 member Hawaiian population,and the species as a whole.

A team of researchers from the Finfish Department at Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University is in the news again. Led by HPU affiliate faculty member Dr. Chad Callan, the team was the first to raise a cohort of entirely captive-bred yellow tang past the larval stage. As a heavily-collected reef fish in the aquarium trade, the team’s recent and ongoing achievements with captive yellow tang could assist in the preservation of both wild populations and the natural reef habitat they occupy.

Oct. 22 - Jessica Jacob (B.S. Marine Biology '11, M.S. Marine Science '12) has had a paper based on her masters’ thesis work accepted for publication in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. The paper, entitled “Initial characterization of the novel Beaked Whale Morbillivirus in Hawaiian cetaceans”, was co-authored by her thesis advisor, CNCS Associate Dean Dr. Brenda Jensen, and the thesis committee’s members, including HPU Biology faculty member Dr. Kristi West.

Oct. 09 - Professor of Chemistry Dr. F. David Horgen, along with HPU students Davey Cagle (B.S. Biology '11, M.B.A./M.A. Communication ‘16) and Kristopher Karanovich (B.S. Biology '12), published a paper with colleagues at Texas A&M University entitled "Macrolactone Nuiapolide, Isolated from a Hawaiian Marine Cyanobacterium, Exhibits Anti-Chemotactic Activity" in the journal Marine Drugs (2015, 13, 6274-6290). The research described the discovery of a new drug-like substance from marine microorganisms growing in waters near Niihau as well as biological activity of the substance associated with inhibiting the spread of cancer cells in the body.

Congratulations to MSMS student Sarah Leicht, alum Daniel Luck (M.S. Marine Science ’13), and Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. Sam Kahng whose co-authored paper entitled “Polyphyly and hidden species among Hawaiʻi’s dominant mesophotic coral genera, Leptoseris and Pavona (Scleractinia: Agariciidae)” was selected as one of the top Marine Biology articles of the past month by PeerJ.  To see all selected articles, go to the “Top Marine Biology Papers – September 2015” Collection or go directly to the paper.

Sep. 24 - CNCS Chair of Environmental Science/Studies and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) Dr. Stephen Allen was a featured expert on Hawai’i Public Radio’s search for Long Term Solutions For Hawaii’s Hot Classrooms.

Sep. 18 - Following the recent publication of the Antineutrino Global Map, our very own Dr. Stephen Dye, Professor of Physics, was featured on NPR’s “Science Friday” program. The interview can be heard via Science Friday’s website.

Two of our Marine Science faculty will be participating in the Fall 2015 Global Issues Lecture Series, Climate Change: Past, Present & Future. The series will feature Dr. David Field on Friday, September 25th (“Navigating Ocean Warming”) and Dr. Chris Winn on Friday, Nov. 6th (“Carbon Dioxide and the Sea”). Both lectures will be from 1:30-2:30pm at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

A team of researchersincluding the CNCS’s Professor of Physics Dr. Stephen Dyehas published new research in Nature's Scientific Reports. The paper, entitled "AGM2015: Antineutrino Global Map 2015", presents the first-ever map of the Earth's antineutrino flux. Their discoveries have important implications in diverse applications such as understanding planetary formation and detecting undeclared nuclear reactors. The open source map can be viewed at the Ultralytics website.

The Master of Science in Marine Science (MSMS) Program held its annual Student Symposium at the Hawaii Loa Campus on Friday, August 28th. The award for Best Student Oral Presentation was presented to Travis Marcoux for “Wave Induced Stress and its Effects of Coral Reef Fish Swimming Performance”; the award for Best Student Poster Presentation was presented to Aurora Burgess for “First-feeding success in marine ornamentals: effects of cultured copepods, prey diversity, and osteological development on feeding incidence, prey selection, and survival in larval yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)”.

Angela Hansen (M.S. Marine Science ‘14) published her thesis work entitled "Trace Element Concentrations in Liver of 16 Species of Cetaceans Stranded on Pacific Islands from 1997 through 2013" in a special issue of Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology that focuses on new developments in marine mammal toxicology. The paper was co-authored by CNCS Affiliate Faculty member Colleen Bryan from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Associate Professor Dr. Kristi West, and Angela’s MSMS advisor, Associate Professor Dr. Brenda Jensen.

Aug. 28 - Masters of Science in Marine Science Annual Symposium. The College of Natural and Computational Sciences presents it's annual symposium. The MSMS 2014 cohort will share their theses topics as a short oral presentation or in a poster session. See our Events Calendar on the side for times and locations.

The CNCS is featured prominently in the latest edition (Summer 2015) of the university-wide HPU Today publication. Faculty members Dr. David Horgen, Dr. Gideon Berger, Dr. Yong Li Chen, and Dr. Lei Wang were all featured in Growing Science and Scientists. Dr. Regina Ostergaard Klem's work is spotlighted in Global Opportunities in Environmental Education. Dr. Brenda Jensen was interviewed for the article Aloha ‘Aina SEA Education Program. The Letters to the Editor section even features a CNCS alumna, Tifanie Vansach (B.S. Marine Biology ’08). You can find the entire issue here.

Assistant Professors of Mathematics Tara Davis, Ph.D. and Hung “Tim” Lu, Ph.D. published “Student and Instructor-centered Approaches to Teaching Precalculus” in PRIMUS: Problems,  Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. The paper describes a two-semester study researching the effects of student-centered instruction on pre-calculus courses at HPU. The results suggest that not only are student-centered approaches more effective than instructor-centered approaches, but a student-centered approach is particularly helpful to students who are struggling with pre-calculus.

HPU’s Marine Mammal Stranding Team, led by Associate Professor of Biology ,Kristi West, Ph.D.,was in the news this week after a pygmy sperm whale was found dead on a Maui beach. The carcass was flown to Oahu where the Stranding Team performed a necropsy to learn more about the death—and life—of these elusive deep-diving animals. For more details, click here (KHON).

Professor of Chemistry Dr. F. David Horgen, HPU alum Justin Reinicke (B.S. Marine Biology '08, M.S. Marine Science '14), and Oceanic Insitute researcher Dr. Zhi Yong Ju were co-authors on a recently published paper entitled "Effects of diets on the growth performance and shell pigmentation of Pacific abalone". This research can be viewed online at the journal Aquaculture Research.

HPU alum Andrea Kealoha  (M.S. Marine Science '14), Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. Christopher Winn, and colleagues have just published their research in the journal Aquatic Geochemistry. The paper is titled "Latitudinal Trends and Drivers in the CO2–Carbonic Acid System of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument" and can be read here.


Jun. 22 - Amanda Hallberg Greenwell, HPU Marine Bio alum, has been chosen to head the National Science Foundation's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA). The OLPA is in charge of communicating the NSF's activities and research to a wide range of audiences including the general public, Congress, and the media. Read more at the NSF.

The Aloha ‘Aina program is underway. Follow the adventures of the students and HPU Faculty both on land and aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans at the program's blog.

The CNCS is thrilled to announce that Associate Professor of Environmental Science and chair of the Masters in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development Department, Dr. Regina Ostergaard-Klem, was named 2015 Teacher of the Year at HPU’s Spring graduation ceremony held May 14th. Nominations for the award are initially submitted by graduating seniors before being reviewed by a committee composed of both students and faculty peers. Congratulations, Dr. Ostergaard-Klem!

HPU Alum Jennifer Brum (B.S. Marine Biology ‘01), now a post-doctoral researcher in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Arizona, was a part of the Tara Oceans Expedition which undertook a multi-year systematic sampling of the world’s oceans from a 110-ft. schooner. The collected data helped to identify ~5,500 distinct viral populations by assembling their genomes, and an interview about the research was featured on NPR’s ScienceFriday, and can be found here.


May 01 - Three CNCS faculty members were recognized at HPU’s annual Golden Apple Awards for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Randolph Goldman who was awarded for his Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching; Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. David Hyrenbach for Distinguished Graduate Teaching (Full-time); and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Yi Zhu for Excellence in Scholarship!

Associate Professor of Mathematics Tara Davis, Ph.D. recently co-published research entitled "Relative subgroup growth and subgroup distortion" in the journal Groups, Geometry and Dynamics with Alexander Olshanskii, Ph.D., (Vanderbilt). The team studies large scale geometric invariants of embeddings of the algebraic structures called groups. The paper contains new results on the relative growth of finitely generated subgroups in finitely generated groups, and the corresponding distortion function of the embeddings. Journal abstract here.

Congratulations to the winners of HPU's 2015 Capstone Symposium! Computer Science majors Lindy Higa, John Garo, Nate Marder, & Jose Reque, placed 2nd in the Undergraduate Presentation category for A Mobile Platform Utilizing Cloud Integration to Support Small Businesses in Hawaii.

Senior Marine Biology major Sabrina Hutchinson set sail on an Atlantic expedition with the Sea Education Association. She is one of 20 undergraduates from top colleges and universities, taking part in the 5-week SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program. The expedition started in San Juan, Puerto Rico and goes through the North Atlantic to New York City. Hutchinson also participated with SEA last summer, as part of HPU’s Aloha ‘Aina program.

MSMS graduate Shannon Lyday ('13) published her first thesis chapter, entitled " Shearwaters as ecosystem indicators: Towards fishery-independent metrics of fish abundance in the California Current" in a special issue of the Journal of Marine Systems, with co-authors Lisa Ballance (NOAA - Fisheries), David Field (HPU) and David Hyrenbach (HPU).

Marine Biology senior Madison Jupitz was one of only 10 students in the nation to win the Alpha Chi national H.Y. Benedict Fellowship. This fall, Jupitz will enroll at East Carolina University in its Master of Science in Biology program, studying estuarine ecology.

Dustin Moss (B.S. ’97), Ph.D., and MSMS student Cassandra Turner provide a summary of their research on the aquaculture potential of Hawaiian polychaete worms in the March newsletter of the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture(CTSA); CTSA is funding the research. Polychaete worms are an important food item for shrimp broodstock, and Hawai‘i-based shrimp hatcheries import more than $200,000 of frozen worms each year.

OI of HPU supplied approximately 28,000 baby mullets to the non-profit organization Paepae o He‘eia, which is working to restore an ancient Hawaiian fishpond and supplying it with the native fish, mullet, to be used as a possible food source. Director of the Finfish Program Chad Callan, Ph.D., and HPU graduate student Carly Cappelluzzo were interviewed about the raising of mullet. 

Marine Biology student Keena Leon Guerrero of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was one of two recipients of the inaugural scholarship funded by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. This scholarship is awarded to students from the U.S. Pacific Territories to complete the junior or senior year of their undergraduate degree, or a Master's degree, in a fisheries-related program in Hawaii. Part of the program also includes an internship with the Council, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center or other fisheries-related organization and to work at their local territorial fishery agency upon graduation.

The HPU Marine mammal stranding team was called to assist in the necropsy of a Cuvier beaked whale that was beached in Merizo, Guam. Parts were sent to HPU for analysis to help determine what caused the whale to beach itself and die. HPU is contracted by NOAA to aid with necropsy work.

Associate Professor Regina Ostergaard-Klem Ph.D. was one of the HPU faculty member recipients of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) International Faculty Development Seminars grant and will travel this summer to China for the Exploring Environmental, Cultural, and Economic Sustainability in China’s Rural and Urban Landscapes seminar.

Computer Science Department Chair, Stewart Crawford, Ph.D. has been appointed to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Computing Accreditation Commission, the recognized accreditor for university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Crawford’s one-year appointment begins at the installation of the 2015-2016 ABET CAC, in the summer.

Mar. 08 - Dr. David Hyrenbach gave a talk entitled “Why Did the Albatross Cross the Ocean? Tracking Foraging Trips and Migrations” as part of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve’s Sundays at the Bay education program

MSMS graduate students Sarah Youngren and Dan Rapp presented part of their thesis research at the Pacific Seabird Group Conference in San Jose, California. Their paper, co-authored with their advisor Dr. David Hyrenbach, was entitled "Quantification of plastic loads ingested by Tristram's Storm Petrel nestlings from Tern Island, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands".

Dr. David Horgen was named to the Hawaii Community Foundation Medical Research Advisory Committee for a three year term. The Committee is composed of peer scientists from the state of Hawaii, and its functions are to review proposals, make recommendations on grants, and consult on grant-making strategies to support the purpose of the medical research program.

Shrimp Department Director Dustin Moss (B.S. ’97), Ph.D., and Research Associate Steve Arce, who participated in the Aqua Aquaria India 2015 conference, spoke about marine exports in India and their work with Marine Products Export Development Authority/Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture.

Scientists, including Associate Professor of Marine Science, David Field, Ph.D., and surfers commented on global climate change impact to surf.

Gideon Berger, Ph.D., and seven student/alumni researchers published in the January 2015 peer-reviewed academic journal Tetrahedron Letters. The team's findings include a new synthetic methodology, marking progress toward the development of an analogue for a natural product from soft coral endemic to Hawai‘i, waixenicin A. Waixenicin A was previously shown by Professor David Horgen, Ph.D., and his collaborators at The Queen’s Medical Center to selectively close an ion channel of cells, TRPM7. The significance of this is TRPM7 may potentially be an avenue to pursue for cancer medications and possibly stroke treatments.

Shrimp Department Director at OI of HPU Dustin Moss (B.S. ’97), Ph.D., and Research Associate Steve Arce and representatives of research partner Marine Products Export Development Authority/Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture published an article in Global Aquaculture Advocate on their broodstock production activities in India. They are also invited speakers at the Aqua Aquaria India 2015 conference, which was held Feb. 20-22. Moss presented on shrimp genetics and selective breeding and Arce will be presenting on the importance of biosecurity in shrimp farming.

SB1227, related to commercial food waste, has been introduced at the Hawaii State Legislature, and there was a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 5. Hawaii Public Radio's “The Conversation” reached out to Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Ph.D., to discuss the possible effects of this in the state of Hawai‘i should the bill be passed into law. Ostergaard-Klem provides examples of disposal programs on the mainland.

In collaboration with colleagues from the University of Toronto and The Queens Medical Center, CNCS Chemistry Professor David Horgen, Ph.D. co-authored a paper entitled, “TRPM7 Regulates Axonal Outgrowth and Maturation of Primary Hippocampal Neurons," which was recently published in journal Molecular Neurobiology. The research used waixenicin A -- a naturally-occurring compound produced by a softcoral endemic to Hawaii -- to establish the involvement of the TRPM7 ion channel in regulating the growth of neurons, and could lead to new approaches in treatment of nerve tissue damage after injury.

FALL 2014

3-2 Engineering student Demie Grace Delos Santos was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. During Spring 2015, Delos Santos will study at Soonchunhyang University in South Korea.

Dec. 3 – Alumnus Eileen Downs (M.S. Marine Science ’11) and Natural Science Department Chairperson Dr. Carrie (Holl) Jones coauthored “Nitrogen isotope fractionation and amino acid turnover rates in the Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei” in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.  The paper is based on Ms. Downs’ master’s thesis work; her amino acid turnover rate study strongly supports the use of a recently reported method to determine trophic position from a single consumer's tissues.

Nov. 18 - We'd like to warmly recognize the successful defense of CNCS Biology Lecturer James Lawrence's doctoral dissertation at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Congratulations Dr. Lawrence!

Nov. 15 - Two HPU teams won their respective divisions at the Hawai‘i site of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Regional ACM Programming Contest. The winning teams are Division 1 Team 00FF00 (hexadecimal for the color green) with Kevin Goo, Jon Real, and Allison Diller; and Division 2 Team FF0000 (hexadecimal for red, predominant in Norway's flag) with Demie delos Santos and two visiting students from Norway, Christian Hunstad and Chris Forberg. The teams’ coach is Associate Professor Curt Powley, Ph.D.

Adjunct faculty member Dustin Moss, Ph.D., was one of five experts consulted on nutritional advice surrounding the question, “Should I Eat Shrimp?” for TIME magazine.

Biology Lecturer James Lawrence co-authored "Regulation of Presynaptic Ca2+, Synaptic Plasticity and Contextual Fear Conditioning by a N-terminal β-Amyloid Fragment" in the Journal of Neuroscience. The study examined how the N-terminal portion of AB enhances LTP.

Oceanic Institute of HPU research assistant Dean Kline (B.S. Marine Biology '08, M.S. Marine Science '11) published "Development of intensive copepod culture technology for Parvocalanus crassirostris: Optimizing adult density" in the journal Aquaculture. OI-HPU grows copepod nauplii (baby copepods) to provide as a first feed for larval yellow tang. Copepod nauplii production is quite limited compared to traditional first feeds used in aquaculture. The article discusses work done to allow higher culture densities and increasing nauplii production for in-house larval rearing research.

Sep. 19 - Alumni Emily MacNintch (B.A. Environmental Studies ’14) and Nicholas Holvik (B.S.B.A. Economics ’14) were finalists in the National Geographic Channel Grant. Their project goal is to install bio-toilets in economically deprived areas such as India and sub-Saharan Africa, to improve the quality of life in those regions.

Sep. 12 - Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Ph.D., published “GPI Island Style: Localizing the Genuine Progress Indicator to Hawaii.” From the abstract: “Applying the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) to an island setting offers insight into whether and how standardization of subnational GPI models can adequately capture important local conditions and inform local policy.”

Two alumni were first authors of recent journal articles, publishing with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Brenda Jensen. Frannie Nilsen (M.S. Marine Science '10) authored "Use of indicator chemicals to characterize the plastic fragments ingested by Laysan albatross," in Marine Pollution Bulletin, which demonstrates a new analytical method for identifying the resin type of plastic fragments that are ingested by Laysan Albatross and other seabirds. Kerry Foltz (M.S. Marine Science '12) authored "Cytochrome P4501A1 expression in blubber biopsies of endangered false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) and nine other odontocete species in Hawaiian waters," in Ecotoxicology, which demonstrated contaminant-related toxic responses in blood vessels in blubber biopsies from 10 species of Hawaiian cetaceans, providing evidence that Hawaiian cetaceans, and the endangered Hawaiian insular stock of false killer whales in particular, are experiencing contaminant-related stress.

Sep. 01 - Alumnus Aris Zikos (M.S. Marine Science ’13), published in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, along with faculty mentor Dr. Keith Korsmeyer and colleagues at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. The study on an important aquaculture fish species, the Mozambique tilapia, examined the metabolism and energetics of osmoregulation in fresh water versus seawater, as well as changes in gene expression in the gill in response to salinity stress


We would like to officially welcome Mr. Roland “Bud” Jenkins to his new role as interim dean of the CNCS while expressing our sincere thanks to outgoing interim dean Dr. David Horgen for his years of service to the college as he returns to his other full-time roles as chemistry professor and research scientist.

Aug. 01 - HPU marine mammal stranding team investigated the death of a melon-headed whale. The adult melon-headed whale was seen distressed near the boat ramp of Kailua bay. It died on Fridayand was taken to HPU for a necropsy.

Lei Wang, Ph.D., (corresponding author) and Yongli Chen, Ph.D., wrote chapter seven in the recently published book “Protein Aggregation in Bacteria,” working with colleagues from Harvard University and ETH Zurich. The group’s research helps to understand the mechanism of protein misfolding. This is significant to the treatment of illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

Jun. 25 - Dr. Brenda Jensen and alumnus Frannie Nilsen (M.S. Marine Science '10) published "Investigating the potential role of persistent organic pollutants in Hawaiian green sea turtle fibropapillomatosis" in Environmental Science and Technology. Their work was highlighted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Jun. 13 - MSMS student Jessica Lopez and faculty mentor Dr. David Hyrenbach published in Endangered Species Research, "Geographic variation of persistent organic pollutants in Hawaiian monk seals Monachus schauinslandi in the main Hawaiian Islands." The study followed monk seals, testing for geographic variation in the levels of persistent organic pollutants.

Jun. 09-27 - Through the Aloha ‘Āina Sea Semester Program, a partnership between HPU and the Sea Education Association, HPU faculty and students had the opportunity to work with students in the “E ‘Ike Hou Ia Lanai — Embracing Lanai's History Through Language and Literacy,” summer enrichment program. See a video including HPU Associate Dean Brenda Jensen, Ph.D., student Sabrina Hutchinson and Assistant Professor of Biology Carrie Jones, Ph.D.

Jun. 01-07 - Dr. David Hyrenbach was one of four scientists who participated in a study of red-footed booby birds in the Ulupa‘u Wildlife Management Area coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center to study various types of seabirds on multiple Hawaiian Islands. The week long study provided more information about the birds' daily activities, how renewable energy sources may affect seabirds and how they fit into the local ecosystem.


Alumnus Davey Cagle (B.S. Biology '11) has been recognized as the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2014. He is pursuing an MBA and Masters of Communication at HPU while running his last year of cross country.

Dr. Mary Smith has been selected to receive this year's Distinguished Achievement in Education Award for her contributions and dedication to AFCEA education at the Hawaii Chapter. The AFCEA Education Foundation Board was particularly impressed with her successful implementation of CEUs during the Asia-Pacific Conference.

Alumnus Jaimie Nevins (B.S. Marine Biology '11) recently published "Characterizing Neckton use of the Largest Unfished Oyster Reef in the United States Compared with Adjacent Estuarine Habitats" in the Journal of Shellfish Research.

Marine Science undergraduate student Pierre De Wit recently published in Nature. Forensic genomics as a novel tool for identifying the causes of mass mortality events. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4652

Congratulations to CNCS interim dean, Dr. David Horgen, for receiving the 2014 Excellence in Scholarship Award at the recent Golden Apple Awards ceremony for his contributions to the field of biomedical research.

Apr. 28-May 02 - HPU professor of physics, Dr. Stephen Dye, presented at the Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2014 in Yokohama, Japan on an overview of Neutrino Geoscience entitled "Neutrino Geoscience A collaborative journey with geoscience and particle physics."

Apr. 25 - Biology undergraduate students Kelsey Higa, Michelle West, Kim Leong and James Ligeralde presented the poster entitled "Nitrifying Biofilms in High Density Recirculating Aquaculture" at the annual meeting of the Hawaii Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

Apr. 25 - Biology undgergraduate students Caress Baltimore, Kathryn Demarre, Emily Komarczyk, and Lauren Shinego presented the poster entitled "Community Assessment of Microbial Biofilms in High Density Recirculating Aquaculture: a source of supplemental nutrition to the Pacific White Shrimp, L. vannamei" at the annual meeting of the Hawaii Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

Apr. 24 - Chemistry/biochemistry undergradute students Danae DeRaad and Aaron Thomas won Best Oral Presentation at the April 2014 HPU Capstone Symposium for their presentation entitled "Mutations in the GABAA Receptor Involved in Epilepsy." Dr. Yongli Chen served as their capstone instructor. Applied math undergraduate students Cole Parks and Matt Troglia placed second in Best Oral Presentation for their presentation "Are you safe in your apartment building? Modeling the effect of earthquakes on tall buildings." Computer Science/Computer Information Systems undergradute students Kevin Goo, Brent Nagareda, and Revelyn Cabaya placed third in Best Oral Presentation for their presentation "'Olelo Online Form Redesign." Computer Information Systems and Computer Science undergraduate students Matt Archick, Jabari Brooks, and Estefania Duterte placed third in Best Poster Presentation for their work "Ulu Hoku: Project Management & Android Development."

Environmental Studies undergraduate student Emily MacNintch presented a poster at the Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit in March 2014 based on the practicum she is doing with Hui o Ko'olaupoko.

Mar. 27-29 - HPU undergraduate student Akimasa Iijima won the Bonnie Revelle Prize in Molecular & Cellular Biology at the Alpha Chi national honor society convention in St. Louis, MO, March 27-29, 2014, for his presentation "Mechanism of Inhibition of Recombinant GABAA Receptors by Pentylenetetrazole and Alleviation by Anticonvulsants."

Mar. 09-13 - Dr. Yi Zhu, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, will present a paper entitled, "Reliability-Constrained Resource Allocation for Optically Interconnected Distributed Clouds," at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC), to be held in San Francisco. Co-authors includes HPU undergraduate Yan Liang (Computer Science) and collaborators from the Fujitsu Laboratories of America.

Mar. 15 - HPU graduate student Robert Thompson and faculty mentors Drs. Sam Kahng and Chris Winn recently published in the scientific journal Aquatic Geochemistry. The study assessed the magnitude and extent of the elevated calcium carbonate saturation state observed on previous expeditions to the Hawaiian Archipelago.

Feb. 21 - MSMS student Meagan Putts (advised by Dr. Sam Kahng) won the Student Presentation Award at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting for "Recolonization and community succession of deep-water precious corals in response to disturbance." Evaluations were based on the clarity/effectiveness of the presentation, quality of the experimental design, clarity of the conclusions, and its innovation/scientific insight.

FALL 2013

Dec. 09-13 - Biology and Marine Science faculty members Drs. Brenda Jensen and Kristi West, together with MSMS students Jessica Jacob (M.S. Marine Science '12), Melannie Bachman and Angela Hansen, gave a combined 4 presentations of their current research on Hawaiian whales and dolphins at the 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Oct. 01 - Dr. David Hyrenbach, Assistant Professor of Oceanography, contributes with an inter-disciplinary team of 20 researchers from 14 organizations from the Western US and Japan to summarize the spatial overlap of three North Pacific albatross species and fisheries off the U.S. West Coast.

Sep. 16 - Science Pub-Hawaii, "Wings without Boarders: Using Seabirds to Track Ocean Plastic Pollution" by David Hyrenbach, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Oceanography, 6:00 pm, Gordon Biersch, Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Sep. 14 - Marine Mammal Stranding Program Director, Kristi West, Ph.D., retrieves samples from a 55-foot sperm whale carcass that was towed ashore to Heeia Kea Small Boat Harbor.

Sep. 12 - Dr. David Field, Dr. Keith Korsmeyer, and Dr. Eric Vetter were interviewed on NBC News to provide perspective on the molasses spill and received national coverage. 


Jul. 18 - MSMS graduate, Pam Michael, publishes part of her thesis in Fisheries Oceanography, entited, "Relative influence of static and dynamic features on black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) habitat use in central California Sanctuaries." Coauthors J. Jahncke and Ms. Michael's research mentor Dr. David Hyrenbach.

Jun. 17 - HPU undergraduate John Johnson, graduate student Shannon Lyday, and faculty mentor Dr. David Hyrenbach recently published in Marine Ornithology. The study describes the first record of plastic ingestion in white-tailed tropicbirds and was conducted in collaboration with Sea Life Park and local non-profit Oikonos Ecosystems Knowledge.

Jun. 16 - Associate Professor of Mathematics, Randolph Goldman, Ph.D., spoke on “Godel's property abstraction operator and possibilism” at the Australasian Association of Logic annual conference at University of Melbourne.

Jun. 01 - MSMS graduate student Devon Francke and his advisor, Dr. David Hyrenbach, publish on the diving behavior of Hawaiian green sea turtles working with colleagues at HPU and NOAA.


May 02 - Dr. Catherine Unabia and collaborators at Oceanic Institute were funded by the USDA through the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture to discover a local polychaete worms as a food source for shrimp broodstock.

Apr. 30 - HPU researcher Dr. David Hyrenbach and collaborators from Chile and Canada map the migration and behaviors of imperiled Pink-footed Shearwater sea birds through satellite tracking.

Apr. 11 - CNCS Faculty participates in the the 1st Annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit April 11th-12th. Dr. Stephen Allen and Dr. Regina Ostergaard-Klem will both be presenting and taking part in panel sessions. The Summit will focus on how university campus and community members can help create more sustainable universities in Hawaii.

Apr. 10 - Dr. David Hyrenbach is interviewed by KHON on wedge-tailed shearwater birds and how they may be affected by Hawaii DOT lights.

Apr. 04 - Dr. Keith Korsmeyer, Professor of Biology, publishes with colleagues at University of Hawaii and University of Glasgow on respiration rates of Hawaiian marine invertebrates.

Apr. 02 - Dr. Stephen Dye, Professor of Physics, is interviewed for a recent news article in the journal Nature.

Mar. 21- David Horgen, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Natural and Computational Sciences continues research at National Cancer Institute-designated facility. His team is examining compounds drawn from marine life that could have important cancer-fighting properties.

Mar. 19 - HPU researcher Dr. Gideon Berger and colleagues were recentely awarded the Weinman Innovator Award from the UH Cancer Center for the. The Weinman Innovator Award, is awarded as an annual grant of $50,000 for research.

Mar. 15 - Hawai'i Pacific University Environmental Science and Environmental Studies students built a rain garden at the Hawaii Loa Campus along with community partner Hui o Ko'olaupoko. 

Mar. 11 - Japanese tsunami debris makes its way into Hawaiian birds, CNN story featuring HPU's Professor Dr. David Hyrenbach.

Mar. 02 - HPU Marine Mammal Strading Coordinator, Dr. Kristi West, leads whale stranding investigation in American Samoa

Jan. 27 - Oceanic Institute takes lead in yellow tang culture technology. A research effort at the Oceanic Institute (OI) has created aquaculture techniques that may someday lead to production capability of one of the world's most popular aquarium fish. Chatham K. Callan, Ph.D., OI research scientist serves as the principal investigator on this research.

Jan. 16 - The death of a baby whale will help marine research with help from the HPU Marine Stranding Program. A team consisting of biologist and students from HPU and veterinarians from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration performed a necropsy on the deceased whale for further investigation as to the cause of the death of the whale.

FALL 2012

Dr. David Hyrenbach, has been awarded the Society's Program Research Award by the Hawaii Audubon Society. This is awarded to a public servant for their research that has had major effect on conservation in Hawai'i. Dr. Hyrenbach currently has ongoing work towards the conservation of Hawaiian seabirds.

Nov. 28 - Impacts of plastic marine debris in Hawaii – see story and Associate Professor Dr. David Hyrenbach on NBC news

Nov. 06 - HPU student team wins computing competition for fourth time, shows well nationally. Under the leadership of Curt Powley, Ph.D., chair of the HPU Department of Computer Science, Hawai'i Pacific University took first place Saturday at the Hawai'i site of this year's ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) for the second year in a row and fourth time since 2003.

Nov. 02 - Research vessel travels through Pacific garbage patch with Hawaii Pacific University graduate student Zora McGinnis who conducted research on plastic debris during the voyage. Zora will appear on Hawaii Public Radio on November 12, 2012.

Oct. 09 - Breakthrough research from HPU scientists on rare Longman's beaked whale.

Dr. Sam Kahng's research on coral in the Pacific ocean is featured in HPU Today on pages 8 and 9.

Seabirds, ocean health and HPU (760-AM Hawaii's Tomorrow)Asst. Prof. of Oceanography Dr. David Hyrenbach was recently a featured guest on a monthly radio program titled "All Things Marine" that is produced by the Hawaii-based Center for Ocean Sciences and Education excellence.

Sep. 29 - HPU Marine Science students (supervised by Drs. Chris Winn and Sam Kahng) conduct oceanographic research aboard a NOAA ship in the NW Hawaiian Islands.

Sep. 20 - HPU Marine Science students conduct oceanographic research aboard a NOAA ship in the NW Hawaiian Islands

"Photovoltaic Systems Design" course at HPU, taught by Dr. Stephen Allen, is added to list of scholarship eligible courses by the State Energy Sector Partnership and Job Training Grant Hawaii.

Aug. 23 - HPU scientist Dr. Andrew Greene conducts innovative research on Kīlauea Volcano lava.

Aug. 22 - Dr. David Hyrenbach and MSMS graduate Pam Michaels contributes to new ‘Winged Ambassadors’ ocean stewardship lesson package”


Apr. 26 - Thesis Defense "Are Net Calcification and Island Vertical Accretion Rates of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Keeping Pace with Rising Sea Level?" by MSMS canidate Crystal Henkel.

Apr. 22 - Thesis Defense "The Influence of Life History Traits and Diet on Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification of Mercury in Blood of Captive Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)" by MSMS canidate Julia Smith.

Apr. 22 - Thesis Defense "Seasonal and long-term changes in water quality in Maunalua Bay, Oahu from in situ observations and coral records." by MSMS canidate Rachel Tolliver. Rachel has been mentored by Dr. David Field.

Apr. 21 - Thesis Defense "Examination of the effects of bacteria and probiotics on survival through first feeding of cultured Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)" by MSMS canidate Emma C. Forbes.

Apr. 15 - Thesis Defense "Effects of Photoperiod, Light Intensity, Turbidity, and Prey Density on Feed Incidence, Growth, and Survival in Cultured Larval yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)." by MSMS canidate Erin Pereira-Davison.

Apr. 13 - Global Issues Lecture Series “Natural and Human-Induced Climate Change” by Dr. Fred MacKenzie of the Univeristy of Hawaii at Mānoa Department of Oceanography School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

Apr. 05 - Biomedical Research Seminar  Dr. Hong-Shuo Sun and Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng from the University of Toronto will be giving research seminars on the topics of stroke and neurodegenerative disease, both of which inflict substantial burdens on the people of our state.

Apr. 03 -Seminar"Monitoring and research of an urban shearwater colony at the Freeman Seabird Preserve" by Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. David Hyrenbach.

Mar. 30 Global Issues Lecture Series “Natural and Human-Induced Climate Change” by Dr. Fred MacKenzie of the Univeristy of Hawaii at Mānoa Department of Oceanography School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

Mar. 21 - SeminarSpecial Guest Lecture: “Old and cold: Biology of the Greenland shark” by Dr. John Fleng Steffensen, who has studied the physiology of fish from the Antarctic to the Arctic, will present recent research on this enigmatic shark.

Mar. 16 - Global Issues Lecture Series“Politics of Climate Change” by Dr. David Lanoue, Dean of College of Liberal Arts HPU.

Mar. 15 - Thesis Defense“Development and community structure of Hawaiian deep-water precious coral” by MSMS canidate Megan Putts. Ms. Putts has been mentored by CNCS Associate Professor, Dr. Samuel Kahng.

Feb. 24 - Global Issues Lecture Series “Sea Level Changes-Past, Present and Future" by Dr. Charles Fletcher, Associate Dean Academic Affairs, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Feb. 11- Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and SustainabilityFeaturing Neal F. Lane, Ph.D. Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus and Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus.

Feb. 09 - Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability"Investing in Nature for Resilient Societies and a Sustainable Future" featuring Inger Andersen, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Feb. 09 - Seminar "Climate Change - Beyond Outrage" by Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. David Hyrenbach, discussed seabird conservation on Think Tech Hawai'i. Watch it here.

FALL 2015

Dec. 09 - HPU welcomes award-winning science writer Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinist’s Thumb, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons to campus during Fall 2015 finals week.

Dec. 03 - Marine Science Seminar  "Regal phylogeography: range-wide survey of the marine angelfish Pygoplites diacanthus reveals evolutionary partitions between the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean" by Richard Coleman of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Nov. 19 - Marine Science Seminar  "The 2014/2015 El Nino" by Axel Timmermann, Dept. of Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Nov. 12 - Marine Science Seminar "Ecological monitoring for coral reef ecosystem management" by Adel Heenan of NOAA NMFS PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division.

Nov. 09 - Thesis Defense  "Abyssal near-bottom zooplankton in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific" by MSMS student Oliver Kersten.

Nov. 06 - Seminar “Carbon Dioxide and the Sea” by Dr. Chris Winn

Nov. 05 - Marine Science Seminar "Collaborative monitoring and management of nearshore fisheries" by Eva Schemmel, '06 University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Nov. 05 - Thesis Defense "Fish communities and nursery habitat associated with non-native Rhizophora mangle on O'ahu" by MSMS student Stacia D. Goecke.

Oct. 29 - Marine Science Seminar "Exploration of the mesophotic coral ecosystems Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument" by Randy Kosaki of NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Oct. 28 - Thesis Defense "Quantifying the Influence of Disturbance by Macroalgae and a Bleaching Event on the Survival of Coral Juveniles using Photo-Fluorescence Census Techniques" by MSMS student Sarah Jane Leicht Severino.

Oct. 22 - Marine Science Seminar "Comparitive reproduction biology of the parrotfishes of Hawaii: Input for management regulations and stock assesment" by Edward DiMartini of NOAA NMFS PIFSC Fisheris Research & Monitoring Division.

Oct. 15 - Marine Science Seminar "Management of the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal" by Charles Littnan of the NOAA NMFS PIFSC Protected Species.

Oct. 08 - Marine Science Seminar "Exploring Papahānaumokuākea's Underwater Museum; Maritime Archeology in the Most Remote Archiplegao on Earth" by Kelly Keogh of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Oct. 01 - Marine Science Seminar "Deep sea coral assemblages in the Hawaiian Archipelago: submarines, long life and the midas touch" by Frank Parrish from the NOAA NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.

Sep. 25 - Global Issues Lecture Series "Climate Change: Past, Present and Future" by HPU Associate Professor of Mariner Science Dr. David Field.

Sep. 24 - Marine Science Seminar "Sustainable energy from the ocean: Ocean Thermal Energy Conservation (OTEC) and Seawater Air Conditioning" by Jan War from the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority.

Sep. 17 - Marine Science Seminar "Exposure to and effects of persistent organic pollutants in sea turtles" by Jennifer Lynch of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Sep. 10 - Marine Science Seminar "The Coral Initiative and the Development of a "Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area": Status, lesons and what next?" by Alan White of The Nature Conservancy.

Sep. 03 - Marine Science Seminar "Alien predator: Invasion of Atlantic coral reefs by Pacific Lionfish" by Mark Hixon of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Department of Biology.


Aug. 28 - MSMS Student Symposium

Aug. 18 - Teaching Demonstration "Just Clone It! An Introductory Lesson in Cloning by Complentation"

Aug. 17 - Research Presentation "Ironing out the Fe regulatory pathways of the human pathogen"

Aug. 05 - Thesis Defense “Hypoxia tolerance in coral reef triggerfishes (Ballistida)" by MSMS candidate Corrie Wong.


Apr. 30 - Thesis Defense  “Community-wide Patterns and Impacts of Plastic Ingestion in Seabirds Breeding at French Frigate Shoals" by MSMS student Dan Rapp.

Apr. 24 - Thesis Defense  “Hiding in Plain Sight: Tracking Anthropogenic Carbon in Our Oceans” by MSMS student Charles Roman Battisti.

Apr. 21 - Thesis Defense "Tristram's storm-petrel marine plastic ingestion and chick survival” by MSMS student Sarah Youngren.

Apr. 20 - Science Pub "Got Shrimp?" by Shrimp Department Director and CNCS Affiliate Faculty Member, Dustin Moss, Ph.D.

Apr. 16 - Seminar "From Plastic Gloom, Albatrosses Bloom" by guest speaker  Susan Scott, Naturalist and Author.

Apr. 02 - Seminar "The Role of Conservation Science in Environmental Policy: What Students Need to Know Locally and Globally" by Trisha Kehaulani Watson, Honua Consulting.

Mar. 16 - Seminar "The Blue Halo Initiative: Marine spatial planning in the Caribbean" by HPU alumnus Ms. Lennon Thomas, Project Researcher, Sustainable Fisheries Group, University of California Santa Barbara.

Mar. 08 - Seminar “Why Did the Albatross Cross the Ocean? Tracking Foraging Trips and Migrations" by Dr. David Hyrenbach.

Mar. 05 - Seminar "Application of Genomic Tools on Multiple Species" by Brett Olds, Ph.D. candidate for CNCS Affiliate Faculty, from the Oceanic Institute Shrimp Department.

Feb. 26 - Seminar "Global analysis of protein-RNA interactions" by Dr. Zachary Campbell.

Feb. 19 - Seminar "Chemistry in the Klein Lab" by David Klein Ph.D, Dept of Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University.

FALL 2014

Dec. 04 - Seminar "Manging US longline tuna fisheries in the Pacific: Does it really matter?" presented by Jarad Makaiau, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). 

Dec. 01 - Thesis Defense “Mesophotic Fish Community Architecture of the Au'au Channel” presented by MSMS student Raymond Boland, mentored by Dr. David Hyrenbach.

Nov. 26 - Thesis Defense "Reproduction in Sarcothelia edmondsoni (Verill 1928), an Endemic Reef Octocoral of Hawaii” presented by MSMS student Paula Berger mentored by Dr. Catherine Unabia.

Nov. 20 - Seminar "Roi (Cephalopholis argus) in Hawaii: Insights on impacts from West Hawaii monitoring data" presented by William Walsh, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). 

Nov. 13 - Seminar "Coexisting with volcanoes" presented by Frank Trusdell, US Geological Survey Hawaii Volcano Observatory. 

Nov. 06 - Seminar  "Understanding federal activities in the US Fish & Wildlife Service" presented by Kevin Foster, US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Oct. 30 - Seminar "Investigations of costal fisheries: The role of estuaries" presented by Kimberly Peyton, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Fivision of Aquatic Resources. 

Oct. 23 - Seminar "From Cincinnati to the South Pacific: My path to marine conservation work with NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program" presented by Michael Lameier, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). 

Oct. 17 - Thesis Defense “Patterns of Coral Recruitment in the presence of Invasive Algae and Sea Urchin Biocontrol” presented by MSMS student Laura Stanley.

Oct. 16 - Seminar "Seafood security and conservation in the Hawaiian Islands" presented by John (Jack) Kittinger, Conservation International Hawaii. 

Oct. 09 - Seminar "Physical onceanography of the Hawaiian Archipelago" presented by Pierre Flament, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Oct. 02 - Seminar "Management of alien invasive algae in Kaneohe Bay, through the use of mechanical removal and biocontrol efforts" presented by Brian Neilson, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). 

Sep. 25 - Seminar "Global marine bioinvasions - an increasing challenge for policy makers" presented by Sonia Gorgula, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). 

Sep. 18 - Seminar "We need you! Protect Hawaii from invasive species" presented by Christy Martin, Group on Alient Pest Species (CGAPs). 

Sep. 11 - Seminar "El Nino 2014/2015: Development, forecast, and potential impacts" presented by Dr. David Field

Sep. 04 - Seminar "The seagrass factor in costal conservation in Southeast Asia" presented by Miguel Fortes, University of the Philippines. 

Sep. 02 - Thesis Defense “Seagrass Interaction: Differences in abundance, habitat characteristics, and associated epibiota of two species of Halophila in Hawaii” presented by MSMS student Marie Angelica A. Chan.


May 16 - Teaching Demonstration with Biology faculty candidate Dr. Richard Chi (visiting from Yale) will be giving a teaching demonstration on the Hawaii Loa Campus in AC 208.  All are welcome.

May 15 - Research Seminar "Endocytosis and Recycling: Understanding the Ins and Outs of the Endosomal System in Yeast" with Biology faculty candidate Dr. Richard Chi, Yale University.

May 08 - Seminar "Natural resource management across transition zones in New Zealand and Hawai'i" with Ms. Ani Kainamu, Fulbright Visiting Researcher and Ph.D. Candidate from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

May 02 - Thesis Defense "Evaluating the Status of Scaridae Species in Shallow Coral Reef Habitats on Oahu" presented by MSMS graduate candidate Nicole Williams. Dr. Catherine Unabia serves as Nicole's MSMS advisor.

May 01 - Seminar "Tsunami Hazards to Hawaii" with Dr. Charles Mader.

Apr. 24 - Thesis Defense "Isolation and Structure Determination of a Cyclic Tetraglutamic Acid from the Hawaiian Box Jellyfish, Carybdea alata" presented by MSMS graduate candidate Justin Reinicke. Drs. Gideon Berger and David Horgen serve as Justin's MSMS advisors.

Apr. 24 - Thesis Defense "Perfluorinated Compounds and Potential Biomarkers of Exposure and Effect in Cetaceans from the Tropical North Pacific" presented by MSMS graduate candidate Adam Kurtz. Dr. Brenda Jensen serve as Adam's MSMS advisor.

Apr. 17 - Seminar "Kaelepulu: an investigation of water mixing and exchange in an urbanized estuary to help define restoration alternatives" with Mr. Robert Bourke, Environmental Scientist, Oceanit Laboratories

Mar. 17 - Seminar "In Search of Naturally Occuring Anti-Alzheimer's Small Molecules" with Dr. Arcadius V. Krivoshein, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Albany, NY

Mar. 13 - Seminar "The Hawaiian Bobtail Squid: A Model for Studying Interactions with Beneficial Bacteria" with Dr. Spencer V. Nyholm, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biolgy, University of Connecticut

Mar. 6 - Seminar "Maximum age and missing time in shark vertebrae: the limits and validity of age estimates using bomb radiocarbon dating" with Dr. Allen Hia Andrews, NOAA Fisheries - Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

FALL 2013

Dec. 05 - Seminar "Hawaii's marine species and the federal Endangered Species Act & Marine Mammal Protection Act" with Dr. Lance Smith, Regulatory Branch Chief & Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator for the Protected Resources Division at NOAA NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office

Nov. 22 - Thesis Defense "Trace element concentrations in stranded cetaceans from the Pacific Islands" presented by MSMS graduate candidate Angela Hansen. Brenda Jensen, Ph.D. serves as Angela's MSMS advisor.

Nov. 21 - Seminar "Participatory mapping for coastal management in the Pacifc Islands" Kalisi Mausio, Geospatial Analyst for The Baldwin Group at NOAA Pacific Services Center

Nov. 21 - Thesis Defense "Effects of salinity on energetics and metabolic gene expression in the Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)" presented by MSMS graduate candidate Aris Zikos. Keith Korsmeyer, Ph.D. serves as Aris's MSMS advisor.

Nov. 20 - Thesis Defense "Persistant organic pollutant concentrations and the biomarker CYP1A1 in stranded cetaceans from the Pacific Islands" presented by MSMS graduate candidate Melannie Bachman. Brenda Jensen, Ph.D. serves as Melannie's MSMS advisor.

Nov. 19 - Pre-Health Seminar "Chiropractic Careers" Life Chiropractic College West

Nov. 15 - STEM Seminar "Research and career opportunities open forum" with Dr. Lori Chibnik, Boston University,

Nov. 14 - Seminar "The science behind exporing shark behavior" with Dr. Kim Holland, Research Professor, Hawaii Insititute of Marine Biology

Nov. 13 - Pre-Health Seminar "American University of Antigua Medical School: Medical School in the Caribbean"

Nov. 07 - Seminar "Climate Change: What the science tells us" with Dr. Charles Fletcher, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii

Oct. 31 - Seminar "Investigating ecosystem hotspots with animal tags and oceanographic data: two case studies" with Dr. Jefferey Polovina, Ecosystems and Oceanography Division Chief at NOAA NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheies Science Center

Oct. 31 - Hanauma Bay Lecture Series “When Highways and Wildlife Collide: Wedge-tailed Shearwater Mortality along Southeastern O‘ahu” with David Hyrenbach, Ph.D., HPU assistant professor of oceanography

Oct. 10 - Seminar "Ocean CO2-carbonic acid-carbonate system and acidification during Phanerozoic time" with Dr. Fred T. Mackenzie, Emeritus Professor of Oceanography and Geology & Geophysics at the University of Hawaii

Sep. 26 - Seminar Dr. Philip G. Williams, an associate professor at UH Manoa, will be discussing natural marine resources and their potential for being utilized as treatments for Alzheimer's, cancer, and other modern illnesses. 

Sep. 19 - Seminar "Fun in the sun with sonar" with Thomas B. Reed IV, President Oceanic Imaging Consultants, Inc.

Sep. 18 - Seminar "Creating CoPOWERment Coaching Life Transitions" with Lani Kwon, Author and Life Coach.

Sep.  12 - Seminar "Understanding Hawaiian corals: from identifying rare species to cultivating them" by Zac H. Forsman, Coral Specialist, State of Hawaii, Division of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

Sep. 12 - Seminar "Do You Want A's or F's?" with Gideon Berger, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. 2:30-3:30 pm, Hawaii Loa Campus Front Lanai.

Sep. 11 - Seminar "Do You Want A's or F's?" with Gideon Berger, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. 3:30-4:30 pm, Hawaii Loa Campus Front Lanai. September 11 - Seminar "Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Information Session" with Ross University Representative and Allison Bachlet, Ph.D., Pre-Health Professions Specialist.

Sep. 11 - Seminar "Pre-Health Professions Program Welcome and Info Session" with Allison Bachlet, Ph.D., Pre-Health Professions Specialist. 1:00-3:00 pm, Hawaii Loa Campus AC 202. September 05 - Seminar "The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary" by Malia Chow, Ph.D., Sanctuary Superintendent.


Apr. 25 - Seminar "Shedding the Light on Calicheamicin Biosynthesis: Early Steps in the Assembly of Enediyne Core Structures" by Katherine Belecki, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University.

Apr. 24 - Seminar “ Development of culture technologies for marine ornamentals; an overview of recent research at Oceanic Institute” by Chatham K Callan, Ph.D. Department of Natural Sciences Affiliate Faculty Candidate.

Apri. 24 - Campus Activty Board presents, Last Lecture ‘‘Making the Most Out of College, Making the Most Out of Life’’ by CNCS own Dr. Gideon Berger. Light lunch & refreshments will be served.

Apr. 22 - Thesis Defense “Linking Recreation and Research: A Critical Evaluation of Coral Reef Health Monitoring Data Derived from Reef Check Hawaii Volunteers”. Thesis defense presented by MSMS graduate candidate, Rachel Knapstein.

Apr. 19 - Thesis Defense “The use of compound-specific isotope analysis to elucidate dietary nitrogen sources and trophic position in the Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) and Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)”. Thesis defense presented by MSMS graduate candidate, Eileen Downs.

Apr. 16 - Thesis Defense “Characterizing Growth Patterns to Facilitate Restoration of the seagrass Halophila hawaiiana”. Thesis defense presented by MSMS graduate candidate, Amelia Murphy.

Apr. 15 - Seminar “Persistent Organic Pollutants in Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals”. Presented by MSMS graduate Jessica Lopez.

Apr. 11 - Thesis Defense “Fish Scales and Other Fish Debris as Indicators of Changes in Small Pelagic Fishes: Fishing or Natural Variability?”. Thesis defense presented by MSMS graduate candidate, Kimberly Rose.

Apr. 03 - Seminar "Career opportunities for students in the Natural Sciences". Presented by Various CNCS Professors.

Mar. 20 - Biological Oceanography Lecture: World-renowned oceanographer, Dr. Jeffrey Polovina, delivers a guest lecture on "Hawaii longline fishery and the subtropical ecosystem". Dr. Polovina works with NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) and has made groundbreaking contributions to the field of marine ecosystem research and management.

Mar. 14 - Seminar "Integrating Project-based Computing into Secondary Science and Mathematics" by Stewart Crawford, Associate Professor of Computer Science.

Mar. 05 - Seminar hosted by Student Life:"Dynamic Communication for Science Students", presented by Biology Instructor, Anglea Costanzo. Learn how science-based leaders communicate with other humans via tools, techniques, best practices and also common pitfalls of communication.

Feb. 27 - Undergraduate Seminar Series: “Do you want A's or F's?” presented by Dr. Gideon Berger. The seminar will touch base with improving study habits, skills, and overall approach to school in order to achieve academic success.

Feb. 06 - HPU's Second Annual Global Issue Lecture Series on Sustainability: CNCS Professor Dr. Regina Ostergaard-Klem will present "The Role of the Genuine Progress Indicator at the Sub-national Level: The Case of Hawai‘I,"

Jan. 31 - Seminar "Offline Particle Tracking: Using Numerical Models to Investigate Marine Debris." Presented by James Potemra, Ph.D. International Pacific Research Center School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology University of Hawaii.

FALL 2012

Dec. 06 - College Seminar Series: “Protein aggregation involved in biomedical and biotech problems” presented by Dr. Lei Wang

Nov. 29 - College Seminar Series: “Kīlauea’s Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō eruption (1983-2012): Current research on the Hawaiian hotspot” presented by Dr. Andrew Greene

Nov. 26 - Underwater Photography at Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District presented by Dr. Varis Grundmanis

Nov. 15 - College Seminar Series: “Striving to engineer and build medicines inspired from nature” presented by Dr. Gideon Berger

Nov. 08 - College Seminar Series: “Lessons learned from an NSF-sponsored teaching workshop: Application to an HPU Marine Biology lab course” presented by Kimberly Andrews, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Oceanography Department, UH Manoa

Nov.01 - College Seminar Series: “Conservation oceanography: Mapping protected species and their dynamic environments” presented by Dr. David Hyrenbach

Oct. 29 - Join us at an upcoming Webinar on October 29, 2012 to learn more about the Master of Science in Marince Science (MSMS) program.

Oct. 25 - College Seminar Series: “Characterizing the Kona crab fishery in the MHI” presented by HPU MSMS Graduate Lennon Thomas

Oct. 18 - College Seminar Series: “Fluorescence characterization in biophysics” presented by Dr. Georgianna Martin

Oct. 11 - College Seminar Series: “Current research of the marine turtle research program of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fishery Science Center” presented by HPU MSMS Graduate Devon Franke (2:30-3:30 p.m., Hawaii Loa Campus Front Lanai) 

Oct. 04 - College Seminar Series: “Development of production technologies for marine fishes” presented by Dr. Chad Callan

Oct. 04 - Seminar “The end of cheap energy” presented by Dr. Fred Duennebier

Oct. 03 - Richard Dawkins, Sean Faircloth, and Elisabeth Cornwell to speak at HPU-sponsored event at Aloha Tower

Sep. 27 - College Seminar Series: "International Wildlife Trade, Environmental Laws and the U.S. Import/Export Requirement" presented by Tony Palermo

Sep. 20 - College Seminar Series: “Interactions between NMDA and GABAA receptors” presented by Dr. Yongli Chen

Sep. 13 - College Seminar Series: “Impacts of early 20th century warming on the California current ecosystem” presented by Dr. David Field

Sep. 06 - College Seminar Series: “Is the bridge safe?: Research on estimating the overall behavior of composite materials based on classical principal and modern integration” presented by Dr. Hyunsun Lee