劳拉·吉姆91, 中学 science teacher; associate director, Sea Turtle Re搜索 Program

Laura Jim, AG娱乐平台 middle school science teacher, associate director Sea Turtle Re搜索 Program

劳拉·吉姆91年对健康保险并不陌生. She grew up in Waimea, snorkeling and diving on the same reefs she explores now with her students. 在拿到B之后.S. 在俄勒冈大学学习生物学, she joined the Peace Corps and served as a fish farming extension agent in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 然后在密克罗尼西亚联邦, where she established three open ocean sponge farms with village farmers. 自2000年以来, 她曾在AG娱乐平台教中学科学, 她还是寄宿学校的教员, 潜水教练, and associate director of the Sea Turtle Re搜索 Program.


你是威美亚的孩子! 岛上有你最喜欢的地方吗?
Currently, my favorite place is at Puako, located at a 60-foot depth. It has a drop off on three sides and houses the blacklip butterflyfish, Chaetodon kleinii. I don’t typically see these butterflyfish anywhere else! I always find something neat in this spot, and I just love the serenity.

Your courses are closely tied to sustainability and ocean health. 是什么激发了你对海洋保护的热情?
I traveled to Palau in the late ’90s, and I had not yet heard of coral bleaching. 当AG娱乐APP到达时, I learned that Palau had just gone through a major bleaching event where all the table corals died, 还有独特的软珊瑚. I can still remember the impact it had on me seeing all the dead table coral on this beautiful Indo-Pacific reef. 然后在2015年, I remember arriving with my coral reef capstone students for a snorkel at a site I regularly visit here on the Kohala coast. We observed colony after colony of bleaching coral. Our coral has never been the same since this event. It was a call-to-action for me to serve our oceans. I challenge my capstone students every year to do their part.

Are there any current initiatives, either in Hawai‘i or elsewhere, that give you hope for the future?
I believe the Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative is the most progressive action currently here in Hawai‘i. If, 事实上, AG娱乐APP可以保护30%的优先流域, effectively manage 30 percent of nearshore ocean waters, 实现100%的可再生电力, and implement an interagency biosecurity plan while doubling local food protection by 2030, we will be making a positive move towards more climate balance.

Can you tell us about some of the work that’s happening now with the Sea Turtle Re搜索 Program?
I’m super excited about the work we are currently doing! We are in the third year of a project in Vanuatu working with locals of Moso Island and with Francis Hickey, coordinator of Vanuatu National Museum and Cultural Center’s Traditional Resource Management Program. There are several sea turtle nesting beaches in the Republic of Vanuatu, but the overall population of turtles has been declining for many years. The purpose of this project is to identify the foraging habitats of nesting sea turtles through satellite tagging of the nesting hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata)及绿海龟(龟鳖目mydas) to track their migration back to their foraging grounds. This knowledge will address population declines that result from human interactions in foreign foraging areas as well as during the nesting season in Vanuatu. We currently have four turtles tracked with two headed to New Caledonia for foraging and two to areas in Australia. 超级有趣的东西!

We are also working with a NOAA Fisheries biologist on identifying current sex ratios of our near shore sea turtle population. A rise in global temperatures poses a potential threat to “normal” sex ratios, 导致人口的女性化. 学生 in Johanna Anton’s capstone biotechnology course will be supporting this effort.

除了 to being an AG娱乐平台 alum yourself, you are also the parent of two alums! How do you think AG娱乐平台 shaped the path for your children?
我很感激有我的孩子, 13年的学生, 由学校塑造的, 它的老师, 教练, 工作人员, 和同学. Our family puts great stock in character and in being a person of honor and integrity, and I feel that character education is a genuine feature of AG娱乐平台’s culture. 除了, my children had the benefit of growing up in an international community, 来自世界各地的学生. And the academic experience provided by AG娱乐平台’s diverse faculty is exceptional; each and every teacher challenged my children to question, 沟通, 在这个世界上找到清晰.

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