Madi Gordanier graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo with a BSc in Marine Science in December of 2020. While at UH Hilo, she had incredible experiences working as a student assist for both the Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program (MTBAP) and the UH Hilo Marine Mammal Lab. After graduation, she moved to Oʻahu and began interning with MMRP in April of 2021, working with Liah McPherson on her spinner dolphin abundance and demographics project. With MMRP, she has learned new research techniques both in the field and in the lab, such as photo-ID, data management, and basic seamanship. She is confident these skills will be beneficial for exploring careers in marine mammal science.
Kyleigh is a recent graduate from California State University, Chico, with a BSc in Biology and minor in Sustainability. She spent her senior year on Oʻahu at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa during a National Student Exchange program, began interning with MMRP in April of 2021, and has been assisting Liah McPherson with spinner dolphin population research off West Oʻahu. She has also contributed to spinner dolphin research efforts lead by Claire Lacey and Fabien Vivier. Over time, she has developed skills in photo-ID data collection and processing, basic seamanship and data management. Kyleigh is interested in sea turtles, sharks, and corals, in addition to marine mammals, and hopes to apply the skills she’s learned with MMRP to future endeavors in marine biology.
Lewis is a graduate of Marine Biology from Bangor University, Wales. He has been working with Martin van Aswegen on his research quantifying humpback whale bioenergetics between Hawaii and Alaska. He will also be assisting Claire Lacey assessing abundance of spinner dolphins across the Hawaiian Islands. Through this opportunity, Lewis has developed a strong sense for data collection, management and handling, whilst developing other skills including equipment maintenance, boating and photo-ID. His experience at MMRP has encouraged him to pursue a career in marine mammal biology and allowed him to gain an understanding of what is required of a marine mammal biologist.
Ava is an undergraduate student in the co-op program at Dalhousie University working to complete the last year of her BSc in Marine Biology with a certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment. During her internship with MMRP, she has been assisting visiting researcher Claire Lacey with her project focused on determining spinner dolphin abundance around the Main Hawaiian Islands. Ava has also had the opportunity to work with Martin van Aswegen on his project quantifying bioenergetics of humpback whales between Hawaii and Alaska. Throughout her time with MMRP, Ava has gained experience photographing and grading photos for photo-ID, processing biopsy samples, and becoming familiar with R and GIS. With the skills and experiences she’s gained from this internship, Ava hopes to complete a master’s in marine biology with a focus on marine mammals.
Kelsie is an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she studies Communications Multimedia and Anthropology. At MMRP, Kelsie is helping run the social media platforms. She enjoys both going out into the field to document the researchers and marine mammals, and sharing the insights of what is going on in the lab. Kelsie is an avid sailor and is on the UH sailing team.
Cameron graduated from the University of North Texas in December of 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. He started his second Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the spring of 2022, and began an internship with MMRP where he assists Liah McPherson with spinner dolphin abundance and demographics off the west coast of O'ahu. He is developing skills in photo-ID, data processing, and basic seamanship. Cameron has always had a deep curiosity and passion for marine mammals, and will take the skills and experiences learned with MMRP to pursue higher education in marine sciences, and one day make a career rooted in conserving and regenerating our oceans.