For posts about Lynker’s community service activities.

Lynker Makes a Big Splash at Oahu Elementary School’s Career Day

Lynker’s Observer Program Port Coordinator, Erin Emanuel, made a big splash at the Keoneula Elementary School Career Day, held May 10, 2019. Erin was one of 30 guest speakers sharing what they do with over 170 third graders (including Erin’s twins) and hosting tables and demonstrations in the cafeteria. Erin’s talk and table focused on marine science, and included life sized models of turtles, fish, and birds found in the Greater Pacific as well as the gear scientists use to capture and record interactions, behaviors, and other information about marine species and their habitats in and around Hawaii.

 

The biggest hit was Erin’s ocean safety suit demonstration – as part of at-sea survival training, Lynker marine scientists like Erin must be able to put on these life-saving suits in less than one minute. Everyone at the event will definitely need more practice!

 

Erin said, “I basically explained my job as a Lynker observer. It was a blast!” Lynker believes it is never too early to inspire the next generation of marine scientists!

Lynker Director Teaches Autistic Children to Surf

Tom is our Contracts Director. Many types of Lynker legal document ends up on his desk for review. Out of the office Tom is an avid surfer! As a volunteer with Surfers Healing, Tom takes kids with autism surfing. He has surfed with hundreds of kids over the past 12 years. Tom provides instruction on the beach, shows them positions on the board, gets them on their knees, paddles out with them on tandem boards, shows them fish along the way, and finds a wave that works for them.  He takes off and lifts them in standing position.  As soon as they reach the shore many plead to go right back out. Some say they want to go by themselves. All are new surfers. Tom tells them, “You are now in the surfing club, you’re always a surfer, and no one can take this away from you.” They run to their parents affirming, “I’m a surfer now!”  He gives them friendship bracelets they don’t take off for years. :)

Lynker Observer is Helping to Save Seabirds

Hollyann Naholowaa is a Fisheries Observer & Scientist with Lynker in Honolulu, HI. Hollyann also volunteers to bring back Hawaii’s avian biodiversity by creating safe places for seabirds that call Hawaii home. Many of Hawaii’s birds are facing numerous threats to their populations. “With a lot of hard work and a little bit of a MacGyver attitude, we are helping Hawaii’s seabirds weather the storm that is climate change.” She’s creating ‘islands within islands’ – predator proof areas for safe nesting. She’s diving into predator control by baiting mouse traps, checking bait stations, fixing traps, and weeding and clearing predator grid trails. She also creates customized diets and feeds the chicks. End result… 60 healthy Bonin Petrel chicks ready for translocation!

Lynker Employee Serves as Non-profit Director to Preserve Historic Kaimuki, Oahu

For Lynker, Nicole Evans is a Planning and Evaluation Specialist II at the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Honolulu.  As a volunteer, Nicole is the Director of EnVision Kaimuki, a non profit that supports residents and businesses of Kaimuki by ensuring that local growth evolves with a sense of community and commitment to promoting the unique charm and character of Old Historic Kaimuki.  She is currently working on improving tree planters, making safe crosswalks, and compiling historic information on Kaimuki.

Lynkerite in Kohala Hawaii is Working to Improve Our World, One Marine Scientist at a Time

Meet Julia Meurice.  For Lynker, Julia works on Scientific Communications and Community Outreach in the Sustainable Pacific Program for the West Coast/Pacific Islands.  In her volunteer efforts, Julia is making a big impact on youth in science at her local high school to address the growing problem of commercially compostable bioplastics in HI.  She’s led over 30 lab explorations with the students in compost microbiology, bioplastic structure and function and micro-organisms.

Lynker Employee Volunteers as Training Coordinator for Hawaiʻi Urban Search & Rescue K9 Team

Lynker employee Alyssa Miller is a Planning and Evaluation Specialist III for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in Honolulu, HI. Alyssa also volunteers her time as a Training Coordinator for the Hawaiʻi Urban Search & Rescue K9 Team. For 10 years she has been developing advanced first responder skills in personnel and K9 and has deployed to emergencies in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Rim. Alyssa’s K9 Team is skilled and ready to respond to disasters caused by earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis as well as wilderness missing persons searches.  

Lynker Employee Volunteers as Ski Coach for Adults and Children with Disabilities

Abigail Powell (Abi) is a marine scientist working for the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. Abi also volunteers as a cross country ski coach for a race team of adults and children with disabilities. The team is called the Skihawks, They started over 35 years ago and have 80 special athletes. They just had their main racing event in March and skied home with a handful of medals. Bravo! Learn more about the Skihawks at https://www.skihawksracingteam.org/