Posted on: Sunday, May 21, 2006
Researchers on board the Hi'ialakai
Q. Could you please tell us which researchers are participating on the trip, and their respective projects?
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