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by Jessica S. McDunn, University Relations

“We are in the planning stage for the Master of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences,” said Dr. Alissa J. Arp, recently appointed vice president for Research and dean of the College of Natural Sciences. “It is expected to start up in fall 2007, and it will be located at both the Hawai‘i Loa campus and Oceanic Institute, where students will be engaged in learning through research,” Arp added.

The College of Natural Sciences, housed on the windward campus, comprises nine academic programs: biology, chemistry, environmental science, environmental studies, geology, marine biology, pre-medical studies, oceanography, and physics. Oceanic Institute, which became affiliated with HPU in 2003, rests on 56 acres at Makapu‘u and houses classrooms, a learning center, laboratories, and hatcheries.

With an M.S. in Marine and Environmental Science, students can pursue careers in teaching, oceanography, and research.

“ People in Hawai‘i have a deep love for the ocean and all its life forms, and now local students can gain a first-class education and research opportunities right here at home in an oceanfront environment,” Arp said.

Arp plans to develop additional new graduate programs in the marine sciences and gain funding in support of faculty research at the Oceanic Institute.

She joins HPU with international recognition for her expertise in the physiology of life in challenging environments, and for her ability to recruit diverse, interdisciplinary faculty of national and international reputation and to secure grants, donations, and foundation awards.

Arp earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a postdoctoral associate at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


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