PROGRAM STAFF

Malia Rivera, Ph.D.

Malia is a faculty specialist who leads the HIMB Science Inquiry Education Program. She primarily works with high school level students and recent graduates nearing the transition to possible college careers.

Mark Heckman, M.S.

Mark is a faculty specialist who directs the HIMB Community Education Program. CEP runs educational tours of HIMB and offers hands-on labs for schools and community groups.

Christine Ambrosino, Ph.D. student, Curriculum Studies

Christine studies neurobiology and sensory biology, her research has focused on the electrosensory array of the scallopped hammershead shark. Christine's interests lie at the intersection of science and education, using her skills as a researcher to teach students the process of scientific inquiry and investigation. She has been a lead instructor and mentor since 2013 for the high school inquiry lab fieldtrips, teacher workshops and HIMB REMS summer program.

Shimi Rii, Post-doc

Shimi completed her doctorate at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Department of Oceanography. Her research examines the diversity of small eukaryotic phytoplankton and their role in carbon cycling. Shimi joined the program in 2015 and currently works with students in the HIMB REMS summer course and related marine science pathway programs.

Sherril Leon Soon, Post-doc

Sherril recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Department of Oceanography. Her research is centered on the biophysical interactions between benthic macroalgal communities and flowing water. Sherril joined the program in 2017 as a REMS Instructor and Advisor, and will be developing programs to support students interested in pursuing marine science educational careers.

Kawehi Kimokeo, MA Student, Hawaiian Language

Kawehi is a graudate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a dual major in Hawaiian Studies and Marine Biology. Currently she is a graduate student in Hawaiian Language as well as the marine biology teacher at Kamehameha Schools. She is interning with our program as part of the graduate studies, bringing her knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture to both HIMB's and Kamehameha School's science education initiatives.

Michelle Mahi, Ph.D. Student, Curriculum Studies

Michele is in instcutor in the Language Arts Department at Leeward Community College and a graduate student in Curriculum Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is interning with our program as part of her graduate studies to explore her interests in marine science and infuse her knowledge of language arts into our programs educational offerings.

Kelsey Maloney, undergraduate intern

Kelsey in an undergraduate in Marine Biology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is an alumni of the HIMB REMS summer program and currently is working on the effects of pH on the regeneration of claws in the native snapping shrimp.



HIMB Education Program alumni

Jennifer Barrett, MEM, MBA

Founder, Taming Tech for Good

Jonathan Dale, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University

‘Ale‘a Dudoit, M.S. Student

Graduate Student, HIMB

Bradley 'Kai' Fox, Ph.D.

Faculty Member, UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Kelvin Gorospe, Ph.D.

Reef Fish Researcher, NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division

Julia Harrison, M.Ed.T graduate

UH College of Education

Roxanne Haverkort-Yeh, M.S.

Science Teacher, Saint Francis High School, Honolulu

Mahealani Kaneshiro-Pineiro, Ph.D.

Outreach Specialist, Hanauma Bay Education Program

Mackenzie Manning, M. S.

Assistant Professor, UH Kapi‘olani Community College

Kyle Landers

Mississippi

Hayley McDermott, M.Ed.T graduate

UH College of Education

Jennifer Salerno, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, George Mason University

Ka‘ilikea Shayler

Division of Aquatic Resources

Jeremey Soriano, M.Ed.T graduate

Kapolei High School Science Teacher and Science Specialist at the Mālama Learning Center

Cindy Sunada

Administrative Officer, HI-NET Ho‘ola Ike Program, Windward Community College

Clyde Tamaru, Ph.D.

Faculty member (retired), UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and affiliate faculty at HIMB

Hoaka Thomas, MS Student

Hoaka is now in the Marine Biology Graduate Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is part of the laboratory of Dr. Rosie Alegado in the Department of Oceanography.

Sarah Tucker, Ph.D. Student

Marine Biology, Rappé Lab

Jeremey Soriano, M.Ed.T graduate

Kapolei High School Science Teacher and Science Specialist at the Mālama Learning Center

Nicholas Whitney, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist in the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium

Carlie Wiener, M.S.

Communications Manager, Schmidt Ocean Institute

The Marine Science Research Learning Center houses the laboratory classroom and the HIMB Education Program faculty and staff.

Arriving to HIMB by boat, the Honu Kai.