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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 21, 2006

Researchers on board the Hi'ialakai

 •  Scientists swap own tales of sea

Q. Could you please tell us which researchers are participating on the trip, and their respective projects?

Thank you,

Barbara Littenberg
The Medical Foundation for the Study of the Environment.

A. This is a difficult question to answer, in part because several of the researchers are working outside their fields to assist other scientists in their projects, and some are working on more than one project.

Here's what I could gather:

There are 20 scientists aboard, and several general areas of research: genetic connections between fish communities; genetic connections between invertebrates such as crabs and lobsters; tagging and tracking predators; extensive coral studies on disease, genetics, bacteria, and establishing precise locations so they can be revisited later.

  • Greta Aeby, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), coral disease

  • David Albert, HIMB, invertebrate and coral collection

  • Iliana Baums, HIMB, invertebrates and corals

  • Brian Bowen, HIMB, fish population genetics

  • Matt Craig, HIMB, fish

  • Erik Franklin, HIMB, on staff with Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve (CRER), data manager

  • Scott Godwin, Bishop Museum/HIMB invertebrates

  • Steve Karl, HIMB, coral genetics, location

  • Randall Kosaki, CRER, chief scientist, fish collection

  • Anderson Mayfield, HIMB, coral microbes

  • Carl Meyer, HIMB, predator tracking

  • Malia Rivera, HIMB, outreach, coral collection

  • Luis Rocha, HIMB, fish

  • Jennifer Salerno, HIMB, microbes on coral

  • Jennie Schultz, HIMB, genetics, location

  • Pedros Santos, HIMB, predators

  • Michael Stat, HIMB, coral disease

  • Jay Wheeler, HIMB, coral disease

  • Thierry Work, U.S. Geological Survey, coral disease

  • Jill Zamzow state Department of Land and Natural Resources, fish collection