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Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Reef

2008 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 29-31, 2008 • Hawai‘i Convention Center • Honolulu, HI

The 16th Annual Hawai'i Conservation Conference was held July 29-31, 2008 at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu. There were over 900 registered participants, 52 volunteers and 42 exhibitors. The theme, Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Reef, ran throughout the conference, particularly in the keynote and plenary presentations by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Elliott Norse and the public lecture by Dr. Earle and Nainoa Thompson.

Sylvia Earle

Founder/Science Advisor Deep Ocean Exploration and Research

Sylvia Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and the first "Hero for the Planet," is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist. Read Bio »

Elliott Norse

President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute

Dr. Norse has worked at the conservation science‐policy interface for his entire career. After earning his B.S. in Biology from Brooklyn College, he studied the ecology of blue crabs in the Caribbean for his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Iowa. Read Bio »

Peter Vitousek

Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies, Department of Biology, Stanford University

Peter Vitousek was born in Honolulu, and graduated from HPA in 1967. He got his PhD from Dartmouth in 1975, and taught at Indiana University and the University of North Carolina before joining the faculty of Stanford University in 1984. Read Bio »

Bryan Harry

Director of the Pacific West Region (retired), National Park Service

From his earliest years, armed with sling shot and bb‐gun, Bryan Harry tagged along with his dad hunting and fishing. This led to his interest in studying wildlife. He received a B.S. at Michigan and an M.S. at Colorado State, both in wildlife management. Read Bio »

Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Awards

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance strives to recognize achievements in the Hawaiian conservation community at all levels, from high school students to seasoned professionals. Each year the HCA presents a variety of awards, the recipients of which are honored at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference.

Conservation Innovation Award

Given to the instigators or champions of a procedure that leads to significant advances to the structure or nature of environmental conservation in Hawai'i.

Land Acquisition Community

Student Awards

Each year at the conference, the HCA awards prizes to the top student oral and poster presenters. Monetary awards were sponsored by the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance and The Wildlife Society-Hawai'i Chapter.

Best Student Oral Presentation:
Lindsay Young, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
From Molecules to Management: Conservation Genetics For The Non Geneticist Using Laysan Albatross as a Model

Jeff Eble, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, Kaneohe, HI
Endemism and Dispersal: Comparative Phylogeography of Three Surgeonfishes Across the Hawaiian Archipelago

Best Student Poster Presentation:
Mali'o Kodis, Nathan Olson, Waiakea High School, Hilo, HI
An Analysis of the Prokaryotic Community Associated with the Mucus of Montipora patula

Runner Up:
Orville Baldos, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
The Response of Fimbristylis cymosa R. Br. to Three Methods of Hydroplanting

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