Alumni Updates

We're very proud of our CNCS graduates and love to share their many professional achievements!

If you'd like to submit a success of your own for this site, click HERE and use the subject heading "Alumni Update". Please include your full name (with maiden name, if applicable), degree/year of graduation, where you're currently employed (company name and city, state), official position title, and a brief description of what you do. If you'd like to attach a photo for possible inclusion, feel free to do so.

Pierre Bueser (B.S. Biochemistry '10) completed his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne in 2016, and accepted a position as a Veterinary Associate at the Animal Care Center of Chicago (Spring 2017).

Brandon Tao (B.A. Environmental Studies '15) joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps and is currently in uniformed service aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. The ship is stationed in Charleston, S.C. and conducts environmental and marine science research with current projects including fish habitat studies, coral reef surveys, oceanographic studies, and maritime heritage surveys. (Winter 2016)

Christopher Salmon (B.A. Environmental Studies '13) is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School in Fairfax Virginia. He has previously interned at the Navy’s Environmental and International Law offices and NOAA’s Office of General Counsel’s International Law Section, and intends to complete his degree in 2017. (Fall 2016)

Monique Schafer (B.S. Environmental Science '15) assisted in the development of a comprehensive overview and monitoring report synthesizing spatial and biological data for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument while interning with NOAA’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Program in Honolulu, HI. In Fall 2015, she began a master’s program at The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her current focus is on Conservation Planning and Coastal and Marine Resources Management with expected graduation in Spring 2017. (Fall 2016)

Matt Dwyer (B.S. Oceanography '15) is working as a fisheries observer for the National Marine Fisheries Service through Saltwater Inc. in Alaska. Assigned to commercial fishing vessels to collect data and report violations, the information Matt collects is then used by other scientists to help monitor and manage the health of local commercial fisheries. He also continues to work with Dr. David Hyrenbach to complete a peer-reviewed publication based on research studying plastic ingestion in wedge-tailed shearwaters that was performed while Matt was still an undergrad at HPU. (Fall 2016)

Andrea Kealoha (M.S. Marine Science '14) was awarded NOAA’s highly-competitive 2016 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship for graduate-level marine research and studies.  Now at Texas A&M University pursuing a doctorate degree in oceanography, Andrea’s research is examining the effects of various environmental parameters on coral reef metabolism at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. (Summer 2016)

Ron Herndon (B.S. Math & Science '82) has covered a lot of ground—and ocean—since he left Hawaii Loa College more than three decades ago.  After spending a little over 20 years in the Navy, including a few years in Belgium working for NATO, Ron and his wife—also a Hawaii Loa College alum—started their own government contracting company, ACENDA, LLC.  Through ACENDA, they’ve been able to split their time between residences in Rhode Island and Virginia and even maintain a connection to Oahu while supporting the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. (Summer 2016)

Angela Hansen (M.S. Marine Science '14) published her thesis research in Summer 2015 and worked as a field biologist volunteer on Midway Atoll for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She is currently monitoring contaminant levels along the coast of British Columbia, Canada, as a Biologist on the new PollutionTracker Project for the Vancouver Aquarium's Pollution Monitoring Program.  She is also working on a seabird monitoring publication and as a Naturalist for a local whale watching company.  (Summer 2016)

Andrew Barna (B.S. Oceanography '14) has been on research cruises all over the world since leaving HPU. From Tahiti to Japan, Bermuda to France, Alaska to Australia, much of his year is spent at sea, collecting samples and running chemical analyses for Scripps Institution of Oceanography. While ashore, Andrew manages data at the CLIVAR Carbon Hydrographic Data Office at the University of California, San Diego.

Jessica Jacob (B.S. Marine Biology '11, M.S. Marine Science ’12) recently left her position as a Lab Technician for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to pursue a Ph.D. in the Infectious Disease and Pathology Department with the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, Gainesville FL.  Fully funded by a graduate fellowship, her research will continue to focus on infectious diseases in marine mammals. (Fall 2015)

Jessica Lopez Bohlander (M.S. Marine Science '12) is the Field Research Supervisor for NOAA's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program in Honolulu, Hawaii. Serving as chief scientist for monk seal research cruises to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands during the summer field season as well as participating in monk seal research and responses in the Main Hawaiian islands year round, Jessica also had two articles from her Master’s thesis research accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. (Fall 2015)

Grace Chon (M.S. Marine Science '14) is currently working with NOAA's Marine Debris Program as the Pacific Islands Assistant Regional Coordinator. Her position gives her the chance to perform outreach and education within the community--her favorite part of the job--as well as interact with various other community partners; Honolulu, HI. (Fall 2015)

Dan Rapp (M.S. Marine Science '15) recently returned from the Aleutian Islands where he served as a Biological Technician, monitoring seabirds for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.  He plans to return to Midway Atoll this winter to work on a collaborative project with fellow MSMS Alum Sarah Youngren (’15).  The project, sponsored by the USFWS and Conservation Metrics, will involve the calibration of acoustic monitoring units for Bonin Petrels ( Pterodroma hypoleuca). (Fall 2015)

Laura Stanley (M..S Marine Science '14) is an Aquatic Invasive Species Technician in the Sea Urchin Hatchery at Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources’ Anuenue Fisheries Research Center. In addition to breeding native Collector Urchins ( Tripneustes gratilla) to assist in reef restoration around Oahu, she’s also culturing phytoplankton and macroalgae native to Hawaii; Honolulu, HI. (Fall 2015)

Kristina D. A. Mojica (B.S. Marine Biology '04) completed her doctoral degree after successfully defending her thesis entitled “Viral lysis of marine microbes in relation to vertical stratification” through the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. More information and a description of her work can be found via the NIOZ site. (Fall 2015)

Sophie Moller (B.S. Pre-Med Studies, minor Biology '10) earned an MS in Human Biology with a specialization in Cardiology in 2014 from the University of Copenhagen, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Renal and Vascular Physiology with a focus on Hypertension from the same school; Copenhagen, Denmark. (Fall 2015)

Amanda Hallberg Greenwell (B.S. Marine Biology '04) was chosen to head the National Science Foundation's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA). The OLPA is in charge of communicating the NSF's activities and research to a wide range of audiences including the general public, Congress, and the media. Read more at the NSF. (Spring 2015)

Jennifer Brum (B.S. Marine Biology '01) now a post-doctoral researcher in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Arizona, was a part of the Tara Oceans Expedition which undertook a multi-year systematic sampling of the world’s oceans from a 110-ft. schooner. The collected data helped to identify ~5,500 distinct viral populations by assembling their genomes, and an interview about the research was featured on NPR’s ScienceFriday, and can be found here. (Spring 2015)

Kelly Ratana (M.S. Marine Science '14) is working at New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in Hamilton, New Zealand as an Environmental Scientist in the Marine Ecology and Māori Environmental Sciences teams.  She integrates information from both indigenous and scientific knowledge systems to provide positive outcomes for indigenous communities by utilizing both scientific and indigenous knowledge-based tools. (Spring 2015)

Collin Paran (B.S. Applied Mathematics '13) is working as a Manufacturing Engineer with precision optics giant Optimax in Rochester, NY. Additionally, his business consulting start-up, MuBeta Corp., continues to thrive right here in Honolulu, HI.  (Spring 2015)

Jack Willans (B.S. Marine Biology, '12) completed a contract position as a Resident Marine Biologist for the TAJ Exotica Resort and Spa on South Male Atoll in the Maldives. (Spring 2015)

Jessica (Earsley) Hogan (B.S. Marine Biology '11) earned her MS Marine Science in 2013 from the University of South Carolina-Columbia, and went on to become a Biologist with Miami-Dade County's Department of Environmental Resource Management-Coastal and Wetlands sector; Miami, FL. (Fall 2014)

Ayesha Fuller (B.S. Marine Biology '14) was awarded a six-month Marine Mammal internship with Walt Disney World at Epcot's "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" attraction. She also was accepted into a continuation position as a Conservation Education Instructor; Orlando, FL. (Fall 2014)

Melissa Holliday (B.S. Marine Biology '14) was hired as an Educator at SeaWorld; Orlando, FL. (Fall 2014)

Malin Meyer (B.A. Environmental Studies '14) began a master's program at Earth Institute at Columbia University; New York, NY. (Fall 2014)

Nicole Williams (M.S. Marine Science '14) presented a portion of her thesis research "Evaluating the Status of Scaridae Species in Shallow Coral Reef Habitats on O'ahu" at the Hawai'i Conservation Conference; Honolulu HI. (Summer 2014)

Luke Snedaker (B.S. Oceanography '14) was hired as a research technician with NOAA Affiliate, CSS-Dynamac, Morehead City, NC. (Summer 2014)

Brittany Anderson (M.S. Marine Science '10) became a Junior Officer in the NOAA Corps at the Marine Operations Center; Norfolk, Virginia. (Spring 2014)

Lennon Thomas (M.S. Marine Science '11) became a Project Researcher with the Sustainable Fisheries Group at the School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California - Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, CA. (Spring 2014)

John Johnson (B.S. Marine Science) co-authored a paper in Marine Ornithology, and is working on his MS in Marine Science at James Cook University; Townsville, Australia. (Spring 2014)

Kim Leong (B.S. Biology-HHS '14) was accepted to Creighton University-School of Pharmacy and Health Professions; Omaha, NE. (Spring 2014)

Caroline Ritson (B.S. Biology-HHS '13) was accepted at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at University of Hawaii-Manoa; Honolulu, HI. (Spring 2014)

Jason Koerner (B.S. Biology-HHS '13) was accepted to the University of Colorado-School of Medicine; Denver, CO. (Spring 2014)

Abigail Barbour (B.S. Mathematics, '10) worked with Schlumberger Technology in South Texas as a field engineer after her concurrent graduation from Washington University’s Civil Engineering program in St. Louis, MO. (Fall 2012)

For additional alumni updates by program, please select one of the following:

Biology Environmental Science & Studies Mathematics
Computer Science Marine Biology/Oceanography Master of Science in Marine Science