Big-Time Mahalos

LAIP summer interns counting and measuring seine contents.

New posts are coming soon, but in the meantime I would like to say Mahalo nui to the interns of Laulima A ‘Ike Pono (“Working Together for the Collective Vision”) for their help in the field this summer and fall. They have been helping me measure crab and fish abundances, catch Thalamita crabs for stable isotope analysis, and collect invasive limu and MPB. LAIP is a program created by Drs. Judy Lemus and Flo Thomas at HIMB to give students a comprehensive place-based research experience: in addition to training in contemporary oceanographic sampling techniques, LAIP interns receive a cultural and historical education on the fishpond. The LAIP interns have been awesome, and it’s been an utter joy to work with them! We collected ~80 algae samples today, and next week we’ll do seines for crabs and shrimp.


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  • Mahalo Nui Loa

    I recently graduated from the Donahue Lab at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and am currently a graduate student at the University of Washington. This research is funded by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, as well a scholarship from the Seattle chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation.
  • “Where do ecological ideas come from? …Most do not spring deductively from the minds of ecologists, like Athena from the head of Zeus. Instead, they emerge when ecologists absorb the essential spirit of individual places– their genius loci.”

    ~Mary V. Price & Ian Billick, "The Ecology of Place"
  • “Aloha is the intelligence with which we meet life.”

    ~Olana A'i, Kumu Hula

  • “I no longer say ‘Hawaiian ways of knowing’ anymore. Because people relegate that to the margins. ‘Ways of knowing,’ as if it’s a quaint, anthropologic way of describing something outside us. No, it’s ‘epistemology,’ the philosophy of knowledge. Land educates. ‘Ike ‘aina. The land of your birth educates you. This land here educates you.”

    ~Manu Meyer

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