Teaching Assistant (Fall 2017 - Winter 2018)
From Fall 2017 to Winter 2018 I taught four sections of about 35 students once a week for the course Geography 106: Geography of the Western World for Dr. Demian Hommel. I mainly taught the students how to use the ESRI online platform called Story Maps which are similar to a powerpoint, but are great because it allows the creator to include features such as arcGIS maps and are a lot more visually appealing. The Final Story Map Project was worth 30% of their overall grade since they did not have a final exam and the recitation I taught was also ~25% of their total grade. Teaching that many students each term for the first time was a challenging task, even though I had mentored many students before in varying capacities.
Research Technician (Fall 2015 - Present)
In the Fall of 2015, I joined the Lancetfish Project as a research technician. The Lancetfish project is a collaborative project between NOAA's PIFSC Ecosystem and Oceanography Program and researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (Dr. Jeffrey Drazen), which uses the stomach contents of the Longnose Lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox) to investigate mid-water ecology.
Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Scholars Intern (Fall 2014 - Spring 2017)
I am currently working as a C-MORE Scholars in the Neuheimer Lab at UH Mānoa exploring the connectivity of Lauʻipala (Yellow Tang, Zebrasoma flavescens) populations off the coast of Hawaiʻi Island. To do this we have created an individual based model using the programming language R.
Click here for more info on the C-MORE Scholars Program.
Click here to learn more about the Neuheimer Lab.
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) Intern (Summer 2015)
This past summer I examined the nutritional value of gelatinous zooplankton in regards to larger pelagic animals such as leatherback sea turtles. This is a part of a larger project examining how energy flux through marine ecosystems affects population growth of different organisms at various trophic levels.
I also participated in a variety of outreach events to discuss the importance of plankton and attending college to young students.
Click here for more info about the PYSO Internship.
Lunalilo Scholars Peer Mentor (Summer 2013 - Present)
After being a recipient of the King William Charles Lunalilo Scholars Project in 2012 - 2013, I came back to work for the project by mentoring disadvantaged students as they transition to college life. I also created and manage the projects Facebook page.
Click here to learn more about the K.W.C. Lunalilo Scholars Project.
Click here to visit their Facebook page.