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by Gary E. Karr, director, OI Communications, Education

 

The affiliation between HPU and the Oceanic Institute (OI) continues to provide opportunities for HPU students and faculty. This fall undergraduate students are taking classes in Descriptive Regional Oceanography on Mondays and Thursdays. Students in the new Master of Science in Marine Science (MSMS) degree program are taking Marine Systems I and Ichthyology courses at the Oceanic Institute on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Of the 10 MSMS graduate research students, nine have their offices at the Oceanic Institute. Two students are attached to OI’s Fisheries and Environmental Science program where the department director, Dr. David Ziemann is their mentor. Another student, Melissa Carr is working with OI’s Finfish Research Department where Dr. Charles Laidley is her mentor.

HPU Internship and Career Opportunities at OI
As always, internships at OI are available through various practicum classes at HPU with consent of the instructor. Students successful in the practicum course may be eligible for a more intense summer internship at the Oceanic Institute. In addition, the Career Services Center can assist with placement at OI as a work study participant. Volunteer positions are also available for students wishing to find out if this field of work is an area they may want to study or consider as a career.

This past summer HPU students Michael Enright and Ben Moorman interned in the Oceanic Institute’s Aquatic Feeds and Nutrition program. They participated in research regarding the testing of alternative ingredients for diets for fish and shrimp as well as assisted with sensory evaluation of the final product. Following successful completion of his internship, Mr. Moorman was hired part time as a research technician in the program. While internships do not always lead to job opportunities, it does happen frequently.

So is aquaculture or marine science research a career you should consider? Well think about this, in Hawai‘i aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of diversified agriculture with an average growth rate of almost 10% per year over the past 10 years with a current commercial value of about $28 million per year. Seafood from the wild fisheries are at maximum sustainable yield or are depleted and unable to keep up with increasing demand because of population growth and perceived health benefits (and good taste). If we can’t get more seafood from the oceans where do we get it? Aquaculture can play a role in supplying these products. In fact, over half of the shrimp you eat are from farms. Ocean resource management is another research focus at OI which seeks to improve the health of our oceans through fisheries stock restoration. Perhaps you can be a part of these efforts. Please visit our education page in our Web site listed below. There you will find information on how to secure a volunteer and internship position at OI.

In future Kalamalama issues we will continue to share more about the exciting new affiliation between Oceanic Institute and HPU and discuss some of the ongoing research being conducted at OI, often with HPU students’ help.

To learn more, visit Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Web site at www.hpu.edu, or OI’s Web site at www.oceanicinstitute.org or e-mail Mr. Gary Karr, Director of Communications and Education at OI, at gkarr@oceanicinstitute.org.

 

 

 

 

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