Under the supervision of Dr. Jo-Ann Leong and in collaboration with Hawaii EPSCoR, I am working on a pilot study that is looking to use Limu kohu (Asparagopsis taxiformis) as an indicator of climate change. Limu kohu is a prized food commodity in the Hawaiian Islands. However there is a marked reduction of its presence in areas that formerly had abundance. Despite the cultural and economic significance of Limu kohu in Hawai’i, there is little known about the functional differences between the different lineages of this alga. I am currently attempting to elucidate potential phylogeographic patterns of Limu kohu as a start to gain an understanding of this alga’s interaction with a changing coastal environment.
B.Sc. Department of Zoology, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, 2002
M.Sc. Department of Human Genetics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2010
Maruska KP, Mizobe MH, and Tricas TC. 2007. Sex and seasonal co-variation of arginine vasotocin (AVT) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons in the brain of the halfspotted goby. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology-Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology 147(1):129-144.
2008: BWET Program – Guest Lecturer
2007: Stephanie Wagenhauser, Undergraduate student, University of Hawai’i (8 months)
NSF EPSCoR, PI: Dr. Jo-Ann Leong