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.
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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’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 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.
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.
Lynker’s Holly Ann Naholowaa was recently featured in the NOAA Fisheries Newsletter and Science Blog for her great work supporting the Observer program.
Great work Holly!
Observations of Fish, Birds, and Life at Sea in the Pacific Islands
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a fisheries observer? Spending weeks at sea, long hours identifying and measuring fish, and all the while braving the harsh and vast environment that is the open ocean? Holly Ann Naholowaa, a veteran observer for the Hawaiʻi longline fishery, shares her experiences during a fishing trip and provides a glimpse into her life at sea.
Lynker employee, Peggy Foreman, was awarded the Grand Prize for her photo entry in the inaugural NOAA Education Photo Contest. See her winning photo below. Congrats Peggy!
6th grade students from Sacred Hearts Academy got first hand experience learning about limu (algae) in their watershed. They learned which species were native and which ones were alien and invasive. However, there is joy and satisfaction when a student wants to confirm that they have correctly identified a species as not to mistake and remove the wrong species. For many of these students, they have eaten limu but this was their first time learning about their role in the ecosystem and why removing the invasive species is critical for the nearshore habitat and barrier reefs that protect their shore and community.
Meet Lauren DeMaio, Lynker’s scientist for the Protected Resources Division within the National Marine Fisheries Service. Lauren serves the NOAA West Coast Regional Office from southern California nine months out of the year and in Seattle, Washington the other three months of the year. Her role includes working for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP), where she coordinates rescues and emergency responses to sick, injured, distressed, or dead sea animals for Washington, Oregon, and California.
Lauren’s job also includes quality assurance of the data from stranding events and large whale entanglements throughout the West Coast. With the large amount of stranding occurrences on the West Coast the data can be of considerable size. The large whale entanglement data includes how, where, and what gear is involved in an entanglement and is essential for management and policy decisions. In addition to her love of understanding the data and fixing data nuisances, Lauren’s role is very essential in major conservation actions.
Lauren also enjoys getting out in the field and participating in stranding necropsies or assisting the NOAA science centers in Southern Resident Killer Whale research activities. Lauren recently published a paper titled “The Evaluation of Olfaction in Stranded California Sea Lions (Zalophus califorianus) and Its Relevance to Domoic Acid Toxicosis” in the journal Aquatic Mammals. Lauren’s hard work does not go unnoticed, and Lynker is so happy to have her on our team!