Profile on Corrie Wong

Corrie Wong

Corrie’s interest in marine life started at a young age. Growing up in Hawai’i instilled an appreciation for the ocean and the life that thrives within it, and, at 10 years old, she visited the Oceanic Institute of HPU to interview Shaun Moss, executive director of Oceanic Institute of HPU, for a school project.

Although Corrie had her mind set on becoming a marine biologist, Shaun told her to start broad, “even though you know Marine Biology is what you want to study, you don’t have to, and shouldn’t, focus solely on that. A good scientist has a broader base of knowledge they use to help understand the world around them.”

Today, she’s an accomplished scholar with a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Marine Science, and working as a research technician in the shrimp department. Corrie’s daily activities support the department’s current focus on providing broodstock and cultivating shrimp that will thrive in areas with varying environmental conditions.

Corrie’s favorite part about studying marine biology in Hawai‘i is that she’s no more than 30 minutes away from the ocean and can daily see ways in which marine life is an integral part of Hawai‘i’s unique culture.