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Date: Monday, May 3, 2004
Contact: Dr. Walter Dudley, (808) 933-3905

For Immediate Release

UH Hilo students take home awards at annual UH systemwide symposium

(L to R): Costa Stamoulis, Kazuki Kageyama (UH Hilo MOP student coordinator), and Steve Barnes

Two students in the University of Hawai`i at Hilo’s Marine Option Program (MOP) recently took top honors in the 21th Annual Marine Option Program Student Symposium, held on Saturday, April 17 at Windward Community College on O`ahu.

This year’s award for the Best Research Paper went to UH Hilo student Costa Stamoulis, advised by Dr. Mike Parsons, assistant professor of marine science. Stamoulis presented the results of a study of juvenile fish entitled, “Temporal Variation in Juvenile Reef Fish Population at the Wai Opae Tidepools in Kapoho, Hawai’i. Can this Area be Considered a Nursery?” This is the first such study documenting a reef fish nursery area on the island of Hawai’i.

The PACON International Award (for a project with a Pacific focus using technology to benefit mankind) went to UH Hilo student Stephen Barnes for his paper, “Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies Effecting the Thermocline and Oxygen Minimum Layer.” Barnes analyzed data he collected during a 44-day research cruise aboard the UH research vessel, R/V Kilo Moana. During the cruise data on various oceanographic parameters including temperature and dissolved oxygen were collected along a transect from Seattle through the Aleutians to the Bering Sea. Barnes compared this data to data from previous research expeditions and hopes the information from his cruise will form the baseline for further data comparison in the future. Barnes was also advised by Parsons.

Each year students from MOP campuses across the UH System give formal presentations on their projects at the symposium. This year students and faculty were present from UH Hilo, UH Manoa, Leeward Community College, Windward Community College, and Maui Community College.

The UH Hilo MOP is a hands-on program open to students in any field of study who have an interest in the ocean. UH Hilo MOP is coordinated by John Coney, with the assistance of faculty advisors, Captain Mike Childers, Dr. Mike Parsons, Dr. Peter Mills, and Dr. Walter Dudley. This is the 15th year in a row that students from UH Hilo MOP have won the Best Research Paper Award at the Annual Marine Option Program Student Symposium. The annual symposium rotates between UH campuses and will be hosted by UH Hilo in April 2005.

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