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Wings & Fins

Marine & Island Conservation Career Training

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The “Wings & Fins” Marine Conservation Career Training Program provides mentored research and stewardship training for young biologists and early career graduates. Scholars in Hawai‘i and California will contribute to collaborative studies addressing priority conservation goals for seabird, tuna and forage fish ecosystems. 

In 2016-17, participants will contribute the following projects:

(1) Plastic Pollution in Marine Food Webs – ingestion and toxicity in seabirds, tunas and forage fishes,

(2) Conservation of Seabird Populations – breeding colony monitoring and foraging studies, and

(3) Ocean & Island Stewardship – providing knowledge and tools to educators and the public.

 Apply for 2016

Communications-Website Editor-Social Media Manager: Apply by 30 September
Application Instructions

Oceanic Food Web Research – Hawaii Pacific University, Waimanalo, HI: Apply by 1 May
Application Instructions

Island Restoration and Seabird Conservation – Año Nuevo Island, CA: Applications closed January 15.  Some volunteer opportunities, contact jessie@oikonos.org

 

2016 Scholars

Trainees

Julianna Burdette, Independent Research, Marine Biology Senior, HPU
Project: Diet of pelecaniformes from Lehua Islet, Hawaii
Sponsor: USGS; Mentor: David Hyrenbach

Kiki Bornet, Independent Research, Marine Biology Senior, HPU
Project: Stable isotope diet profiles of albatross chicks from Tern Island, Hawai’i
Sponsor: USFWS Tern Island; Mentor: David Hyrenbach

Jamie Swint, Volunteer, Marine Biology, First Year, HPU
Project: Quantifying the prey of Red-footed Boobies in the Main Hawaiian Islands
Sponsor: Marine Corp Base Hawai‘i, HPU, USGS; Mentor: David Hyrenbach & Grad Student Sarah Donahue

Sebastian Martinez, Volunteer, Marine Biology, Junior, HPU
Project: Quantifying the prey of tunas from the Main Hawaiian Islands
Sponsor: Hawai‘i Pacific University; Mentor: David Hyrenbach

Interns

Katie Page, Marine Biology Senior, HPU
Project: Diet and plastic ingestion by predatory fishes around O‘ahu
Sponsor: Hawai‘i Pacific University; Mentor: David Hyrenbach

Fellows

Emily Coletta, Post-Bachelor
Project: Seabird Conservation Biology on Año Nuevo Island, CA
Sponsor: Año Nuevo State Park; Mentor: Jessie Beck and Ryan Carle

Sarah Donahue, Marine Science MS Candidate, HPU
Project: Red-footed Booby Diet at Ulupau Head, O’ahu: inter-annual and decadal differences
Sponsors: Marine Corp Base Hawai‘i, HPU, USGS; Mentor: David Hyrenbach and Josh Adams

Travis Wahl, Post-Bachelor
Project: Spatial and temporal patterns of plastic ingestion by Hawaiian Albatrosses
Sponsor: Kure Atoll Conservancy, USFWS, NOAA; Mentor: David Hyrenbach and Michelle Hester

 

2015 Fledged Scholars

Gwen Larrow, Post-Bachelor
Project: Common raven impacts on breeding seabirds: pelagic cormorant predation in Año Nuevo, CA
Sponsor: Año Nuevo State Park, California; Mentor: Ryan Carle

Hugo Ceja, Post-Bachelor
Project: Breeding seabird monitoring at Año Nuevo Island, focus on Black Oystercatcher ecology.
Sponsor: Año Nuevo State Park, California; Mentors: Jessie Beck and Ryan Carle

Matt Dwyer, Post-Bachelor
Project: Plastic ingestion by adult Wedge-tailed shearwaters from O‘ahu, HI
Sponsor: Hawaii Pacific University; Mentor: David Hyrenbach and Michelle Hester

Participating Partners

Pelagicos Lab, Hawai‘i Pacific Univeristy Marine Science
Año Nuevo State Park
US Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Division
State of Hawai‘i, DLNR-DOFAW
Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i Audubon
Kure Atoll Conservancy
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care & Research Center

Career Resources for Scholars

“SCIENTIFICALLY SPEAKING: Tips for Preparing and Delivering Scientific Talks and Using Visual Aids”.  From The Oceanographic Society, in English and Spanish.

“PEOPLE MANAGEMENT: Suggestions for the Inexperienced Field Supervisor” by Thomas Gardali in Wildlife Society Bulletin.

“HOW TO WRITE AND PUBLISH A SCIENTIFIC PAPER in the field of marine ecology and conservation” blog by David Shiffman provides useful advice on how to choose a title, select an appropriate journal, write an abstract, and other helpful tips for publishing academic papers.

“GRADUATE STUDENT’S GUIDE TO NECESSARY SKILLS FOR NONACADEMIC CONSERVATION CAREERS” is for students considering careers in conservation biology with government, nonprofit, and the private sector. Learn which skills non-academic employers are looking for in their new hires. By Blickley et al. 2013 in Conservation Biology.

CONSERVATION JOB links provided in the Marine Conservation Institute website.