Hawai'i conservation alliance

Speaker Presentations


SESSION: Conservation in the Pacific: Past, Present and Future

Moderator: Sy Sohmer

SESSION: Environmental Education

Moderator: Nani Anderson-Fung

Kaleialoha Lum-Ho Noguchi: Using 'Ike Pono and Aloha 'Aina to Create Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Pathway Models

Pelika Bertelmann: Keaholoa Scholars Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

SESSION: All Things Aquatic

Moderators: Kelvin Char

David Weese: Phylogeography of Anchialine Shrimp Across the Southern Ryukyu Islands and its Role in Pacific Ecosystem Management

SESSION: Invasive Species (Plants/Weeds) Moderator: Richard MacKenzie

Brooke Mahnken: The Ups and Downs: Air and Ground Efforts to Control Pampas Grass (Cortaderia spp.) on Maui

Chris Heider: Effects of Invasive Strawberry Guava on Watershed Functions in Native Forests of the Hamakua Coast, Hawai'i Island

Charles Chimera: Where Have All the Epiphytes Gone? Epiphyte Decline on Psidium cattleanum in Two Hawaiian Wet Forests

Cheyenne Perry: Effects of Light Availability on Phytomass and Reproductive Organ Production of the Invasive Rangeland Shrub Ulex europeaus L. on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i


FORUM: Watersheds and Coral Reefs: Bridging From Scientific Outputs to Conservation Outcomes

Moderator: Robert Richmond

Coral reefs in Hawai‘i and throughout the Pacific Islands have suffered moderate to severe degradation due to discharges from adjacent watersheds. Sediments and pollutants affect both water and substratum quality preventing corals from reproducing, coral larvae from recruiting, and reefs from persisting. Ongoing efforts in Maunalua Bay (O‘ahu), Palau, Guam, and Pohnpei have demonstrated the value of partnerships among biophysical and social scientists, resource managers, community-based organizations, and stakeholders as a model for moving from data outputs to conservation outcomes. While each participating group and island represent different cultural attributes, the model of cooperation demonstrates the value of partnerships in addressing the root causes of coastal coral reef losses and is an effective approach for reversing present trends. Science can be most effective when in a supporting role serving the direct needs of communities that are integrally involved in defining goals and objectives as well as collecting and applying data.

SESSION: Management Tools, Technology and Training

Moderator: Robert Bourke

Marion Ano: Setting the Stage for Traditional Pond System Restoration in He‘eia Ahupua‘a Using

Geographic Information System (GIS)-Based Tools and Traditional Knowledge Systems

Noelani Puniwai: Modeling Potential Sites to Support Nearshore Marine Aquaculture on Hawai‘i Island

Stephen Ambagis: A New Understanding of the Challenges Facing Plant Species Identification Using Aerial Imagery.

SESSION: Native Plants

Moderator: Mataia Reeves

SESSION: Invasive Species (Frogs/Snails)

Moderator: Jim Jacobi


SESSION: Insects

Moderator: Betsy Gagne

Lainie Berry: The Samoan Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio godeffroyi) in the Samoan Archipelago: Status and Conservation

SESSION: Leadership, Kulia i Ka Nu'u

Moderator: Neil Hannahs

Marion Ano: The Marine Fellowship Program and Leadership Development

SESSION: Communities and Conservation

Moderator: Jacqueline Kozak

Dawn Chang: Culturally Appropriate Outreach in support of the Hawai‘i Statewide Rodent Control Program

SESSION: More Invasive Species! (Freshwater/Marine)

Moderator: Joshua Fisher

Tara Holitzki: Environmental Impacts of Invasive Poeciliid Fish on Hawaiian Streams