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CURRENT INTERNS

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MADI GORDANIER

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.

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CAMERON NEMETH

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. 

PEARL THOMPSON

Pearl is an undergraduate studying marine biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa in the university’s honors program. She began her internship with MMRP in the spring of 2022 and she works assisting Kirby Parnell with her research on Hawaiian monk seal acoustics. Pearl analyzes passive acoustic data to categorize Hawaiian monk seal calls and is learning to work with new software like MATLAB and Triton. She also has a passion for scuba diving and works in the dive safety program at UH as a scientific diver to assist with the training process of new scientific divers. Pearl is a recipient of the Entering and Creative Research Work through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at UH Manoa.  

LILY MAGEE

Lily Magee is a sophomore at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa working towards a degree in Marine Ecology and Conservation. She is from North Carolina and spent time as a child growing up in Sydney, Australia, where she found her love for the ocean! Since being at UH, she has developed a passion for sustainability, surfing, and marine mammals! She started interning with the MMRP in fall of 2021 where she assisted Dr. Claire Lacey with spinner dolphin research. Lily is currently assisting PhD candidate Kirby Parnell with her research looking at the effects of anthropogenic noise on the Hawaiian monk seal. Through these opportunities, she has gained a variety of skills such as photo-ID data collection and processing, basic seamanship, and acoustics data analysis through software such as MATLAB and Triton. Lily is also a recipient of the Entering Research and Creative Work through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at UH Manoa. Lily is interested in marine mammals, sharks, ocean conservation and climate change, and knows this experience will help her to have a career surrounding that!

FORMER INTERNS

Anna Schmalz

Elizabeth Fry

Darian Coffin

Adriana Diaz

Kelsie Grant

Sophie Teasell

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