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March 8th - 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 (See more).

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 (BS ’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. (See article)

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

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 (BS ’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. Click here to read the article on pages 30-32. 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. (Listen here).

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. (See article)

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. (See more)

Dec. 3 – Alumnus Eileen Downs (MSMS ’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. (See more)

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. (See article).

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. Read the article here.

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. (see more)

Oceanic Institute of HPU research assistant Dean Kline (BS Marine Biology '08, MS 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.

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.”

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.

Alumni Emily MacNintch (BA Environmental Studies ’14) and Nicholas Holvik (BSBA 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. Read more about it in the Star-Advertiser and watch MacNintch in her video at the National Geographic Expedition Grant site.

Two alumni were first authors of recent journal articles, publishing with Associate Professor of Biology Brenda Jensen, Ph.D. Frannie Nilsen (MSMS '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 (MSMS '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.

Alumnus Aris Zikos (MSMS ’13), recently 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.

August 1 - 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.

Dr. Brenda Jensen and alumnus Frannie Nilsen (MSMS '10) recently 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.

MSMS student Jessica Lopez and faculty mentor Dr. David Hyrenbach recently 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.

Alumnus Davey Cagle (BS Biology) 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.

June 1-7 - 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.


MSMS student Jessica Lopez and faculty mentor Dr. David Hyrenbach recently 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.

Alumnus Davey Cagle (BS Biology) 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 (BS Marine Biology 2011) 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.

April 28-May 2 - HPU professor of physics, Dr. Steve 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."

April 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.

April 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.

April 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.

March 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." (see photo) (see press release)

March 9-13 - 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.

March - 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. (see paper)

February - 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. (see abstract)

FALL 2013

December 09-13 - Biology and Marine Science faculty members Drs. Brenda Jensen and Kristi West, together with MSMS students Jessica Jacob (MSMS 2012), 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. (See abstracts)

October - 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. (see article)

September 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.

September 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. (Hawaii News Now, Star-Advertiser) HPU Marine Mammal Stranding Program, led by Dr. Kristi West, is hit by government funding cuts. The program is central to establishing what factors in the Pacific Ocean are threatening whales and dolphins. (HPU Today) (Hawaii News Now)

September 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. (Full Story)

September - Dr. Keith Korsmeyer, Professor of Biology, publishes with colleagues at University of Hawaii and University of Glasgow on respiration rates of Hawaiian marine invertebrates. (see article)


July - MS in Marine Science 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. A pdf version of the article can be viewed here.

June 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. (HPU Ohana Today)

June - 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. (see paper)

June - 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. (see article)


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.

April 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. (see article)

April 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. (Summit Information) (Presentation Agenda)

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

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

April - Dr. Keith Korsmeyer, Professor of Biology, publishes with colleagues at University of Hawaii and University of Glasgow on respiration rates of Hawaiian marine invertebrates. (see paper)

March 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. (Full Story) (Pacific Business News link)

March 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. (Full Story)

March 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. Check out this video to see how they did it.

March 11 - Japanese tsunami debris makes its way into Hawaiian birds, CNN story featuring HPU's Professor Dr. David Hyrenbach. (Full Story)

March 02 - HPU Marine Mammal Strading Coordinator, Dr. Kristi West, leads whale stranding investigation in American Samoa (Samoa News)

January 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. (HPU News)

January 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. (KITV Story with video) (Star Advertiser)

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.

November 28 - Impacts of plastic marine debris in Hawaii – see story and Associate Professor David Hyrenbach on NBC news (link)

November 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. (Full story)

November 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. (HPU Story) (Star advertiser story) Zora will appear on Hawaii Public Radio on November 12, 2012.

October 09 - Breakthrough research from HPU scientists on rare Longman's beaked whale. (Hawaii News Now story with video clip). (Smithsonian Science story)

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

Seabirds, ocean health and HPU (760-AM Hawaii's Tomorrow)Asst. Prof. of Oceanography 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.

September 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 (Oiwi TV story) and (Hawaii Reporter Story) and (The Star Advertiser)

September 20 - HPU Marine Science students conduct oceanographic research aboard a NOAA ship in the NW Hawaiian Islands (Oiwi TV story)

"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. (click for more)

August 23 - HPU scientist Dr. Andrew Greene conducts innovative research on Kīlauea Volcano lava. (see article)

August 22 - Dr. David Hyrenbach and MSMS graduate Pam Michaels contributes to new ‘Winged Ambassadors’ ocean stewardship lesson package” (See article)


March 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. She will discuss her current work on the Blue Halo Initiative with the Waitt Institute whose mission is to empower communities to restore their oceans, and use ocean resources sustainably, profitably, and enjoyably for this and future generations.

March 8th - Presentation “Why Did the Albatross Cross the Ocean? Tracking Foraging Trips and Migrations” by Dr. David Hyrenbach, part of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve’s Sundays at the Bay education program (See more).

March 5 - Seminar "Application of Genomic Tools on Multiple Species" by Brett Olds, Ph.D., candidate for CNCS Affiliate Faculty from the Oceanic Institute Shrimp Department

February 26 - Seminar "Global analysis of protein-RNA interactions" by Dr. Zachary Campbell, Biology Instructor Candidate

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

FALL 2014

December 4 - Seminar "Manging US longline tuna fisheries in the Pacific: Does it really matter?" presented by Jarad Makaiau, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). 

December 1 - Thesis Defense “Mesophotic Fish Community Architecture of the Au'au Channel” presented by MSMS student Raymond Boland, mentored by Dr. David Hyrenbach.

November 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.

November 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). 

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

November 6 - Seminar  "Understanding federal activities in the US Fish & Wildlife Service" presented by Kevin Foster, US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

October 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. 

October 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). 

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

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

October 9 - Seminar "Physical onceanography of the Hawaiian Archipelago" presented by Pierre Flament, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

October 2 - 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). 

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

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

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

September 4 - Seminar "The seagrass factor in costal conservation in Southeast Asia" presented by Miguel Fortes, University of the Philippines. 

September 2 - 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.


August 6 - Thesis Defense “Two Sciences: Towards Developing an Integrated Bioassessment for Hawaiian Stream Mouth Estuaries” presented by MSMS graduate candidate Kelly Ratana, a Fulbright Scholarship recipient from New Zealand and mentored by Susan Carstenn, Ph.D.

July 15-17 - MSMS students presented portions of their thesis research at the Hawaii Conservation Conference. Presenting were Grace Chon on “Native Collector Sea Urchins, not so Hawa‘e after all," Laura Stanley on  “Native Collector Sea Urchins, Friend or Foe,"Nicole Williams (MSMS ’14) on “Evaluating the Status of Scaridae Species in Shallow Coral Reef Habitats on O‘ahu” and Kelly Ratana on “Two Sciences: Towards Developing an Integrated Bioassessment for Hawaiian Stream Mouth Estuaries.”

July 10 - Thesis Defense "Native collector sea urchins: not so hāwa‘e (useless) after all." presented by MSMS graduate candidate Grace Chon. Catherine Unabia, Ph.D. serves as Grace's MSMS advisor.

July 8 - Thesis Defense "Using the Landscape Development Intensity Index and Hawaii Watershed Health Index as Predictors of the Condition of Estuaries in Hawaii" presented by MSMS graduate candidate Erynn Jenzen.

July 2 - Thesis Defense "Understanding the effects of artificial breaching on O'ahu's stream-mouth estuary (SME) ecosystems by comparison with permanently and intermittently open SMEs" presented by MSMS graduate candidate Toby Matthews. Dr. Susan Carstenn serves as Toby's MSMS advisor.


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 8 - 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 2 - 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 1 - Seminar "Tsunami Hazards to Hawaii" with Dr. Charles Mader.

April 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.

April 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.

April 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

March 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

March 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

March 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

December 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

November 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.

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

November 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.

November 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.

November 19 - Pre-Health Seminar "Chiropractic Careers" Life Chiropractic College West

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

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

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

November 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

October 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

October 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

October 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

September 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. 

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

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

September  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).

September 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.

September 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.

September 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.


April 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.

April 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.

April 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.

April 22 - Seminar “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.

April 19 - Seminar “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.

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

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

April 11 - Seminar “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.

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

March 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.

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

March 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.

February 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,"

January 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

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

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

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

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

November 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

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

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

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

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

October 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) 

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

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

October 03 - Richard Dawkins, Sean Faircloth, and Elisabeth Cornwell to speak at HPU-sponsored event at Aloha Tower (Press release - click here)

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

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

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

September 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