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Lynker Leads Project Exploring Impacts of Colorado’s Future Floods, Droughts, and Wildfires

Lynker scientists Graeme Aggett & Ryan Spies presented alongside State of Colorado staff on a project Lynker is leading titled “FACE: Hazards” or “Future Avoided Cost Explorer” at the 2020 Colorado Emergency Management Conference in Loveland, CO.

This project explores the impacts of future flood, drought, and wildfire on select sectors of Colorado’s economy. Lynker is working with DHSEM, CWCB, DOLA, and FEMA Region VIII to develop an analysis and visualization tool to help local officials recognize and adapt to these three major hazards facing Colorado.

9 Lynker Employees Receive NOS Team Member Awards!

Lynker President Joe Linza and Lynker Vice Presidents Jill Meyer and Liz Tarquin were on hand to help NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) officials hand out NOS Team Member of the Year and Group Team Member Awards for 2019. The following Lynker awardees are being recognized for their outstanding contributions in support of the NOS mission over the past year. Congratulations!

NOS Employees of the Year
Chris Robinson
Brenna Sweetman
Gwen Shaughnessy
Sajeed Pouydal
Robbie Greene

Team Award
Leon Geschwind
Michael Griffin
Kenneth Rainer
Shannon Lewinski

Lynker In the Field with Our Liaison Hideyo Hattori

Lynker’s Hideyo Hattori, who serves as site liaison for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management programs in American Samoa, is partaking in local Samoan delicacy – palolo worms! These worms are only available for a short time between mid-October and early November and are collected with a net for preparation in many local dishes. Hideyo collected and prepared these worms himself for our jurisdictional workshop here in American Samoa!

 

Fisheries Observer & Scientist 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 Honors Employees at NOAA’s Science on a Sphere

Lynker celebrates with employees by giving service awards and hosting a luncheon at NOAA’s Science on a Sphere. Thank you to all the employees who attended the event!

Lynker’s Hideyo Hattori Featured in NOAA Ocean Podcast

Lynker’s Hideyo Hattori, who serves as site liaison for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management programs in American Samoa, recently gave a talk on the Fa’a Samoa (“The Samoan Way”) and the amazing diversity and ecological richness of this remote archipelago.

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/podcast/dec18/nop21-american-samoa.html

Lynker proudly serves as the lifecycle vendor for the NOAA Office of Coastal Management – the parent organization to the Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management programs – and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, one of 14 federally designated underwater areas protected by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Of all the areas in the National Marine Sanctuary System, the American Samoa sanctuary is the most remote, is the only true tropical reef, and is thought to support the greatest diversity of marine life.

Marine Scientist Volunteers as Those 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/

Plannin and Evaluation Specialist Works with 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.  

Scientific and Technical Assistant is Working to Improve Our World

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.

PIROP Legend Michael Clark – 3,400 sea days and counting

Lynker’s Michael Clark is a Pacific Islands Region Observer Program (PIROP) legend, having recently completed his 3,400th sea day in May 2019 – some quick math will tell you that “Uncle Mike” has spent almost 10 years of his life on board Hawaiian longline (tuna) fishing vessels contributing to NOAA’s understanding of commercial fishing effort, endangered species population dynamics, and other scientific research in the Pacific.

When not at sea, Mike enjoys watching football with his family. It’s only appropriate that his favorite team happens to be the one with a marine mammal as a mascot.

To commemorate Mike’s achievement, Lynker presented Mike (at the left, with Lynker Vice President Liz Tarquin) with a Dan Marino-autographed jersey at a small gathering of fellow observers, friends, and colleagues at NOAA’s new Inouye Research Center on Ford Island on June 17, 2019.  

Uncle Mike started observing on 2002. His spirit, work ethic, tenacity, and reliability have made him a legend within the observer and fishing communities. He has also become an exceptional mentor and resource for new observers entering the program.

When asked, what’s kept him going for so long, Mike humbly says, “Every trip is different, you always learn and see something new! My dream was always to be a marine biologist, and this job has gotten me there, and I love it!”

Mike is always ready to talk story. A man with an easy laugh and a quick smile, we are lucky to have him. Mahalo Nui Loa, Uncle Mike.

On behalf of all our Lynker staff here in Hawaii, we wish Uncle Mike continued success on the sea, and many mahalos for his years of hard work in challenging conditions.