PIFSC Interns Wrap Up a Summer of Science

Three university undergraduates recently concluded research stints at the Center under the PIFSC Summer Internship Program (PSIP). Interns are selected from a large number of applicants and work on research projects under the mentorship of Center scientists. This was the third year of the program's operation.

Keith Kamikawa, a student at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, worked on a project with mentor Justin Hospital in the Socioeconomics and Planning Group. Keith's project involved analysis of biosampling data from Guam fisheries and fish price data from Hawaii. He also tracked the flow of fish from Hawaii fishers to consumers.

Catherine Kim from Cornell University, majoring in Science of Earth Systems, worked with mentors Bernardo Vargas-Angel and Molly Timmers in the Ecosystem Monitoring and Analysis Program of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division. Catherine's project dealt with analysis of tow images from Rose Atoll in American Samoa and samples from Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS).

Laura Lilly, a student in Stanford University's Earth Systems Program, worked with mentor Jeffrey Polovina in the Ecosystems and Oceanography Division on a project dealing with the physical oceanography of the Kona coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. As part of her internship, Laura participated in the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) cruise to the Kona coast in July on the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette.

Before returning to school for the fall semester, the 3 PSIP interns and 3 Hollings interns at the Center presented their research findings at a special PIFSC symposium.