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Randall Kosaki, PhD
Chief Scientist, Diver
Randall Kosaki is NOAA's Deputy Superintendent of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. He was formerly the Research Coordinator for the Monument. He has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Hawaii. Kosaki has a background is in the behavioral ecology of coral reef fishes, and has broad interests in the taxonomy and biogeography of Pacific coral reef fishes. In his free time, he enjoys photographing fishes, catching fishes, cooking fishes, and reading about fishes.
Scientist, Technical Dive Supervisor
Ray is a Research Biologist and the Unit Dive Supervisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Hawaii. He has a BS in Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is primarily interested in the fish communities of the mesophotic reefs. Ray learned to SCUBA dive in May of 1990 and by July of 1990 he was on a NMFS research cruise diving in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). He has participated in 29 research expeditions with destinations in the NWHI, the Main Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Equatorial Islands, Palmyra and Guam. In 1998 Ray was certified as a trimix open circuit diver and has participated in 7 expeditions utilizing trimix. He is an author of three and coauthor on four scientific articles in peer reviewed journals. Ray is an IANTD instructor for open circuit trimix and the Inspiration Rebreather. His deepest attained depth is 3,175 feet, but that was in the Pisces IV submersible. While he loves the ocean and marine science, his greatest loves are his wife Jacqueline and his daughter Carolina.
Brian Bowen, PhD
Brian Bowen works on the conservation genetics of marine vertebrates, including reef fishes, sharks, tunas, snappers, monk seals, and sea turtles. He has a Masters degree in marine biology from Virginia Institute of Marine Science (1987) and a Ph.D. in Genetics from University of Georgia (1992). Dr. Bowen was a researcher at University of Florida for ten years, before joining Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in 2003. His current research includes genetic surveys of reef fishes to resolve connectivity in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and to determine the origins of Hawaiian marine biodiversity.
Kelly Gleason, PhD
Kelly Gleason is a maritime archaeologist with Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Following an undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, Kelly pursued a master's in Nautical Archaeology at St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Doctorate at East Carolina University in North Carolina. In 2004, she began working for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in Honolulu, Hawaii as part of the Pacific Islands Region and became the maritime archaeologist for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the fall of 2007. In addition to her experience working on sites in the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, she has worked on shipwreck sites in Scotland, North Carolina, Northern California, Washington, the Great Lakes and the Caribbean. Her role on this expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is to help facilitate and participate in the technical dive operations.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Connecticut and attended the University of Vermont where she received a BS in Wildlife Biology. After graduation she traveled in Central America for a year where she volunteered as a diver for a coral reef research project in Honduras, and started her career as a marine biologist. She moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1997 where she worked at the Hanalei Wildlife refuge. She then spent a few years on Maui working as a dive instructor on a charter sailboat before moving to Oahu. She has worked with NOAA since 2001 when she joined the initial large scale marine debris clean up in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, lead by NMFS Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED). She worked for CRED for 7 years as a Coral Reef Ecosystems Specialist participating in monitoring cruises around the Pacific. She has been with Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument since 2007 as the Research Specialist.
Kekuewa Kikiloi is from He'eia, Oahu. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawai'i Anthropology Department, where his studies focus on voyaging, exploration, and settlement of marginal areas in Oceania. As a cultural researcher, he has pioneered archival research into Hawaiian historical past and helped to established renewed cultural connections to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Evaluator
Ian Lilley is Reader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies at the University of Queensland in Australia. He has worked in Australasian and Indo-Pacific archaeology and cultural heritage management since the late 1970s. He currently does research in the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia and has a project in New Caledonia with French colleagues. He is Secretary of the World Archaeological Congress, a past President of the Australian Archaeological Association, and a member of Australia ICOMOS. His interests include migration and trade, social identity, archaeological ethics, and the role of archaeology in contemporary society. His most recent book is Archaeology of Oceania: Australia and the Pacific Islands (Blackwell 2006).
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Wayne Levin has spent a career photographing the eerie and mysterious underwater world. Working in black and white, he removes the surface illusions about the ocean and the assumptions about underwater photography. Levin earned his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York. His monograph, Through a Liquid Mirror (Editions Limited, 1998), received the Hawaii Book Publishers Association's award for Book of the Year. Levin received the Photographer's Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council (1989); the National Endowment for the Arts (1984); and a Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Individual Artists Fellowship (2006). His photographs are widely exhibited and are in major public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Greg is the Line Office Diving Officer (LODO) for the National Ocean Service (NOS) and Deputy Superintendent and Research Coordinator for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Greg has been diving since the age of thirteen and has both Navy and commercial diving experience. He has been a tech diver for the past three years and has participated in seven technical diving expeditions. Greg has a bachelor's degree in Biology from West Virginia University and received his Masters of Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW). Prior to working with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Greg worked as Associate Science Director for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's National Undersea Research Center (NURC) and as the Laboratory Manager and Field Operations Coordinator with UNCW's Chemical Ecology Laboratory.
Yannis Pastamatiou, PhD
Yannis Papastamatiou was born in London, England, and did an undergraduate degree in Ocewanography at the University of Southampton. He then moved to the US for graduate studies, obtaining a Masters degree in Biology from California State University Long Beach, and a PhD from the University of Hawaii. His research interests include the movement patterns and foraging ecology of sharks and other fish apex predators. He has studied sharks in Hawaii, California, South Africa, and the Northern Line Islands. He is also trained in technical trimix diving, and is interested in the ecology of fishes on deep reefs.
Richard Pyle, PhD
Richard Pyle was born and raised in Hawai‘i, where his passion for “all things fish” began at a very early age. Earning his PhD under the tutelage of John E. Randall, Richard focused his efforts on discovering new species. Determined to continue exploring of the coral-reef “Twilight Zone” (200-500 feet deep) in a safe and responsible way, he was among the pioneers of modern Technical Diving in the late 1980's, and has traveled the Pacific in search of new species of fishes on deep coral reefs. Richard's other focus is the development of computer database systems, primarily to manage systematic and biogeographic information. He works as Database Coordinator for the Bernice P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu, which is a partner of the Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN), part of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). Richard is an active participant in international groups that develop standards for biodiversity information management and exchange, and has been charged with the task of developing ZooBank – the proposed formal registry of all scientific names for animals. He has authored over a hundred scientific, technical, and popular articles and has been featured in dozens of documentary films. He helped form a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting innovative scientific exploration using advanced diving equipment and techniques, and has received a number of national and international awards, and serves on the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), the organizational body that has, for the past 114 years, governed the way that animals receive their formal scientific names
Anan Raymond is the Regional Archaeologist for the six western state Pacific Region of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, headquartered in Portland, Oregon He received his B.A. in anthropology at Colorado College, and M.A. in anthropology at Washington State University, Pullman. This is his third trip to Nihoa and Mokumanamana helping Kekuewa Kikiloi with his research on native Hawaiian colonization and settlement of the islands, and to collect information on the management needs of the archaeological sites.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Evaluator
Jerker Tamelander works in IUCN's national office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from where he coordinates marine activities in the Indian Ocean. Part of his time is dedicated to overseeing and developing the CORDIO (Coastal OCean Research and Development in the Indian Ocean) project in South Asia and the Andaman Sea, and he serves as the South Asia regional node for GCRMN (Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network). Jerker supports and advises IUCN country offices, thematic programmes and projects in the Indian Ocean region on marine and coastal issues. Projects with partner institutions focus on strengthening marine research and monitoring capacity, socioeconomic assessment and livelihoods enhancement for coastal dwellers, and and integrating these with management policy. Other focal areas include MPA development and the creation of representative and resilient systems of MPAs and coastal management. Following the completion of his Masters Degree in Marine Biology from the Göteborg University in Sweden, he worked for 3 years as a research associate for the Finnish Institute of Marine Research. He then spent five years in Kenya working with UENP, initially seconded to CORDIO East Africa and later at UNEP's headquarters in its Division of Environmental Conventions and the Regional Seas Branch. From Kenya, Jerker moved to Sri Lanka for two years before returning to Africa where Tanzania is now his base.
Kim Tenggardjaja is a graduate student in Giacomo Bernardi's molecular ecology lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she's pursuing a doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She was awarded a Dr. Nancy Foster scholarship from NOAA in 2008 to support her interest in understanding connectivity in marine populations and how patterns of larval dispersal can lead to genetic differentiation among populations. She is participating in this cruise to carry out phylogeographic surveys of two pairs of endemic (Abudefduf abdominalis and Chromis ovalis) and non-endemic (A. vaigiensis and C. vanderbilti) damselfishes throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago.
I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Zoology program at the University of Hawaii, where I work with Brian Bowen at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. For my thesis, I am studying the phylogeography of two species of deep-sea snappers, Etelis carbunculus (ehu) and E. coruscans (onaga). Both ehu and onaga are part of the commercially important bottomfish complex in Hawaii and are targeted by fisheries throughout their range, which extends from Hawaii to eastern Africa. Before coming to Hawaii, I studied the global population genetic structure of all three species of thresher sharks (Alopias spp.) for my master's thesis at the Moss Landing Marine Labs.
UH Manoa, Department of Oceanography/ Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Working on ecology of Hawaiian black corals for dissertation research. Born in Ecuador.