College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Samuel Kahng, Ph.D. 

Experience

Science Expeditions

Sept. 27 – Oct 1, 2011: Chief ScientistHawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (R/V Ka‘imikai-o-Kanaloa) Deep water coral surveys of the Big Island

Nov. 19-23, 2009: Chief ScientistHawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (R/V Ka‘imikai-o-Kanaloa) Deep water coral surveys of Maui and Kauai

Oct. 11 – Nov. 9, 2007: Scientific DiverNOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (R/V Oscar Elton Sette) Northwestern Hawaiian Islands marine debris removal (Pearl & Hermes, French Frigate Shoals)

Jul. 18 – Aug. 13, 2007: Scientific DiverNOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (R/V Oscar Elton Sette) Northwestern Hawaiian Islands marine debris removal (Kure, Pearl & Hermes, Laysan)

Oct. 21-27, 2006: Chief ScientistHawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (R/V Ka‘imikai-o-Kanaloa) Deep water coral survey of the Au’au Channel, Maui

Sept. 8-15, 2004: Chief ScientistHawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (R/V Ka‘imikai-o-Kanaloa) Deep water coral survey of Maui, Kauai, and Kaula

Dec. 12-14, 2003: Chief ScientistHawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (R/V Ka‘imikai-o-Kanaloa) Deep water coral survey of the Au’au Channel, Maui

Nov. 22-25, 2002: TechnicianHawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (R/V Ka‘imikai-o-Kanaloa) Deep water coral survey of South Point, Hawaii

Profession Work Experience

1999-2001 Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

1991-1999 Manager, Andersen Consulting LLC

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Service

Marine Science Graduate Students

Cassandra Pardee, Stock assessment of parrotfish in Hawaii

Dan Luck, Taxonomy and phylogeny of deep-water zooxanthellate corals (Leptoseris spp.) in Hawaii

Martha Maciasz, Stock assessment of the endemic white saddle goatfish Parupeneus porphyreus in Hawaii

Paula Lam, Reproduction of the endemic octocoral Sarcothelia edmondsoni in Hawaii

Lennon Thomas, Stock assessment of the Kona crab (Ranina ranina) fishery in Hawaii (graduated 2011)

Coulson Lanz, Spatio-temporal variability of the carbonate water chemistry in coastal Oahu (graduated 2011)

Volunteer Experience

2002    United States Forest Service, Tongass National Forest, Alaska: Archaeological Survey

2002    Volunteers for Peace, Liaocheng, China: English Teacher

2002    Okavango Crocodile Project, Maun, Botswana: Nile Crocodile Population Study

2001    Virgin Islands Department of Planning & Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Division, St. Croix, USVI: Leatherback Turtle Conservation   

2001    Gerace Field Station, San Salvador, Bahamas: Coral Reef Monitoring

1999    ALNITAK Marine Environment Research & Education Center, Madrid, Spain: Cetacean Behavioral Study  

1999    Center for Whale Research, Friday Harbor, Washington: Orca Photo Identification Survey 

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Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

S.E. Kahng, D. Wagner, J. Gove, C. Lantz, O. Vetter, M. Merrifield. (2012)  Temperature related depth limits of warm-water corals. Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium

S.E. Kahng, E.J. Hochberg, A.M. Apprill, D. Wagner, R.R. Bidigare. (2012) Efficient light harvesting in deep-water, zooxanthellate corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 455:65-77.

S.E. Kahng, Y. Benayahu, H. Lasker. (2011) Sexual reproduction in Octocorals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 443:265-283. (supplement info)

S.E. Kahng, Spalding H, Garcia R, Brokovich E, Wagner D, Weil E, Hinderstein L & Toonen RJ (2010). A review of community ecology of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems. Coral Reefs 29:255-275 

G. Concepcion, S.E. Kahng, M. Crepeau, E. Franklin, S.L. Coles, R.J. Toonen. (2010) Molecular data suggest multiple introductions of Carijoa riisei into the Hawaiian archipelago. Marine Ecology Progress Series 401:113-127

Y. Chan, X. Pochon, M.A. Fisher, D. Wagner, G.T. Concepcion, S.E. Kahng, R.J. Toonen, R.D. Gates. (2009) Generalist dinoflagellate endosymbionts and host genotype diversity detected from mesophotic (67-100m depths) coral Leptoseris. BMC Ecology 9:21

D. Wagner, S.E. Kahng, R.J. Toonen. (2009). Observations on the life history and feeding ecology of a specialized nudibranch predator (Phyllodesmium poindimiei), with implications for biocontrol of an invasive octocoral (Carijoa riisei) in Hawaii. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 372: 64-74.

S.E. Kahng, D. Wagner, N. Rothe, Y. Benayahu. (2008) Sexual reproduction in Carijoa riisei (Octocorallia: Clavulariidae) in Hawaii. Bulletin of Marine Science 82(1):1-17 

G.T. Concepcion, M. Crepeau, D. Wagner, S.E. Kahng, R.J. Toonen. (2008) An alternative to ITS, a hypervariable, single-copy nuclear intron in corals, and its use in detecting cryptic species within the octocoral genus Carijoa. Coral Reefs 27(2): 323-336

S.E. Kahng, C. Kelley. (2007) Vertical zonation of habitat forming benthic species on the deep reef (60-150m) in the Au’au Channel, Hawaii. Coral Reefs 26(3):679-687. 

D. Wagner, S.E. Kahng, R.J. Toonen. (2007) New report of predators (Order Nudibranchia) of the alien octocoral Carijoa riisei in the main Hawaiian Islands. Coral Reefs 26(2):411.

S.E. Kahng, J.E. Maragos. (2006) The deepest zooxanthellate, scleractinian corals in the world? Coral Reefs 25(2):254. 

S.E. Kahng, R.W. Grigg. (2005) Impact of an alien octocoral (Carijoa riisei) on black corals in Hawaii. Coral Reefs 24(4):556-562. 

S.E. Kahng, A. Salih. (2005) Localization of fluorescent pigments in a nonbioluminescent, azooxanthellate octocoral suggests a photoprotective function. Coral Reefs 24(3):435-436.

Public Outreach Articles

Kahng, SE (2005) A silent invasion threatens to overrun pristine black coral beds and alter Hawaii’s deep reef community. NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science website

Kahng, SE (2005) Unwelcome invaders. Alien soft coral invades Hawaii coral reef community. 

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Seminars, Conference Presentations & Abstracts

2012  12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia

2012  5th Hawaiian Islands Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii

2011  ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008  NOAA Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Workshop

2008  11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2007  Louisiana State University, School of the Coast and Environment (invited speaker)

2006  Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii (invited speaker)

2006  Hawaii Conservation Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii

2006  ALSO/TOC Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii

2005  3rd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals, Miami, Florida

2005  4th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, Wellington, New Zealand

2005  Hawaii Conservation Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii

2004  10th International Coral Reef Symposium, Okinawa, Japan

2004  Hawaii Conservation Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii

2004  13th International Aquatic Invasive Species Conference, Shannon, Ireland

2004  ALSO/TOC Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Research Grants & Funding

2012  Coral reef fishery science and management capacity building in the Western Pacific Region, NOAA Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council, SE Kahng, $30,000

2012  Coastal ocean carbonate chemistry in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, SE Kahng, C Winn, $70,915

2011  Coastal ocean carbonate chemistry in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, SE Kahng, C Winn, $70,805

2011  Insular fisheries of the Western Pacific Region, NOAA Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council, SE Kahng, $102,000

2011  Recolonization and community succession of deep-water coral communities in response to disturbance in the form of lava flows, NOAA Undersea Research Program Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory & Coral Reef Conservation Program, SE Kahng, F Trusdell, RW Grigg, R Waller, M Garcia, D Wagner, J Maragos, $146,480

2010  Carbonate chemistry of near shore waters in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, SE Kahng, C Winn, $49,236

2010  Coral reef fishery science and management capacity building in the western Pacific region, NOAA Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, SE Kahng, $12,320

2009  Carbonate chemistry of near shore waters in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, SE Kahng, C Winn, $9,000

2009  Stock assessment of the Kona crab fishery in Hawaii, NOAA Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, SE Kahng,$48,231

2009  Ecological impacts of Carijoa riisei on black coral habitat, NOAA Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, SE Kahng, RW Grigg, JR Smith, JC Wiltshire, $115,859

2006  Impact of Carijoa riisei on the deep reef, Sea Grant College Program, RW Grigg, SE Kahng, $9,356

2006  Ecological Impacts of Carijoa riisei on black coral habitat, Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, RW Grigg, SE Kahng, $61,000

2005  Ecology of a specialized nudibranch predator (Phyllodesmium poindimiei) and implications for potential biocontrol of an invasive octocoral (Carijoa riisei) in Hawaii, Hawaii Invasive Species Council, RJ Toonen, SE Kahng, $52,018

2005  Ecology and management implications of an invasive soft coral species, Carijoa riisei in Hawaii, Hawaii Invasive Species Council, RJ Toonen, SE Kahng, $40,534

2005  Reproduction and developmental characteristics of an alien soft coral (Carijoa riisei) in Hawaii, Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative, RJ Toonen, Y Benayahu, SE Kahng, $71,898

2005  Aspects of Carijoa riisei ecology and photobiology, Sea Grant College Program, RW Grigg, SE Kahng, $5,883

2004  The ecology and ecological impact of a highly invasive marine invertebrate in Hawaii’s coral reef communities, NOAA Undersea Research Program Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory & Coral Reef Conservation Program, RW Grigg, SE Kahng, RJ Toonen, $63,472

2004  The ecology and ecological impact of a highly invasive marine invertebrate in Hawaii’s coral reef communities, NOAA Undersea Research Program National Institute of Undersea Technology, RW Grigg, SE Kahng, RJ Toonen, $47,408

2004  Phylogeography and origin of a highly invasive alien octocoral Sea Grant College Program, RJ Toonen, RW Grigg, SL Coles, SE Kahng, $9,986

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