PIFSC Scientists Provide Real-World Perspective to University Students of Marine Conservation Biology

November 16, 2007

spinner dolphins
Photo by Sofie Webb, NOAA SWFSC.

Several college students are in Hawaii as part of their training in a Duke University Marine Lab course called "Marine Conservation Biology - Coexisting with Threatened and Endangered Species in Paradise". The course is taught by professors Andy Read and Larry Crowder of Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. As part of the students' educational experience, PIFSC scientists are showing them first hand how classroom theory is put into practice to solve real world problems in Hawaii. The students are learning how science is applied to current issues in Hawaii conservation biology including the management of human interactions with coral reef ecosystems, spinner dolphins, sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, and humpback whales. Science lectures and field trip guidance are being provided by PIFSC staff Charles Littnan and Jason Baker and affiliated JIMAR staff Dave Johnston and Marc Lammers. During their visit, the students are spending adventurous days in the field and also meeting with various Hawaii marine resource management partners including the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office, the Hawaii-based longline fishing industry, and others.

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