Natural Resource Masters

NREM grad students defend their proposals and theses

  • 16 November 2020
  • Author: Mark Berthold
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Natural Resource Masters

How can surfing boost conservation? What’s below the surface of estuaries? Will the ʻaeʻo (Hawaiian Stilt) recover with better nesting habitats?

The answers lie within three master’s degree presentations, this and next week – all online and all free – so pull up your calendar and don’t miss:


Enhancing the Role of Surfing in Biodiversity Conservation and Community Development in Indonesia

Wednesday, November 18, 3:30 p.m.

Cameron Ogden-Fung, MS candidate

Dr. Mehana Vaughan (chair)

“As a surfer and marine conservationist, I’m excited to explore the potential to harness the value of surfing resources and the surfing community to protect coastal environments and strengthen community development in Indonesia,” says Cameron. “It will be interesting to see how this new conservation approach can be expanded to Hawaiʻi and other global surf destinations.”  


Biodiversity of Estuarine Species: Comparing Multi-depth eDNA Sampling to Four Traditional Sampling Gears

Monday, November 23, 1:00 p.m.

Aurelia Gonzalez, MS candidate

Dr. Yin-Phan Tsang (chair)

“This study found that sampling multiple locations in an estuarine water column offers a more efficient means of capturing rare species than extended sampling at surface waters,” says Aurelia


ʻAeʻo (Hawaiian Stilt) Reproductive Success, Juvenile Prey Availability, Home Range, and Survival

Tuesday, November 24, 8:00 a.m.

Jessica Idle, MS candidate

Dr. Melissa Price (chair)

“Given that ʻaeʻo experience lower survival rates during their first two months of life, this study will evaluate ʻaeʻo survival and reproduction from nesting through the juvenile stage to inform conservation management actions,” says Jessica.

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