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"Applying Innovative Technologies in Marine Science" Course

Updated: Apr 2, 2019

The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is offering this innovative four-week course with generous funding provided by Dr. Peter Castro and the Edwin Pauley Foundation.

The Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) at HIMB will be accepting four students (out of a total of 12) to partake in this summer course.

Dates: May 13th to June 7th, 2019

Format: Four-week intensive, on-site summer program. Participants: 12 max.


– Lars Bejder (

– Elizabeth Madin (

– Joshua Madin (

Location: Coconut Island, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Cost: All course fees are covered. Also covered are onsite accommodation at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and partial flight costs.

GOAL: The goal of this course is to expose participants to innovative technologies and their uses in the field of marine science. The course will be open to incoming and current graduate students, postdocs, and other early-career researchers. The course will leverage the exceptional research capacities, facilities, and location of HIMB and Moku o Lo’e (Coconut Island) to advance scientific and career goals of participants who otherwise would not have this unique opportunity. The course will include lectures, hands-on field work, a lab component, and data analysis for projects developed during the program. The course will provide a brief introduction to the fundamentals of conducting robust science, including ethics in science, open and reproducible science, science communication beyond academia to diverse stakeholder groups, and more. Included in the course will be a statistical programming module and guest lectures by scientists, conservation practitioners, and/or managers using cutting-edge technology. Participants will gain hands-on exposure to one or more specific technologies and tools (e.g., unoccupied aerial systems (UAS), above-water and underwater photogrammetry, remote sensing imagery, 3D laser scanning and printing). Participants will gain hands-on experience with one type of technology relevant to the instructors’ research portfolios. Participants will be engaged in project design, data collection/compilation, data analysis, and potentially publication of results of group research topics. Broadening participants’ exposure to new and emerging technologies will provide them with a strong foundation on which to incorporate these technologies into their scientific and career goals.

To apply, please follow instructions outlined via the following link:


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