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Degrees Earned

Ph.D., Marine Biology

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa/Honolulu, HI
Committee Chair: Dr. Cynthia Hunter

Dissertation: Investigation into the functional role of chromoproteins in the physiology and ecology of the Hawaiian stony coral Montipora flabellata in Kāne‘ohe bay, O‘ahu

 

2019

 M.Sc., Marine and Atmospheric Science

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University/Stony Brook, NY
Advisor: Dr. Gordon Taylor

Thesis: Investigation into pathological responses of two phenotypes of the Scleractinian coral, Montastraea faveolata, to putative marine Vibrio pathogens

2012

M.Sc. Student, Environmental Science (transferred to SoMAS in 2010)
Pace University/New York, NY

2009

B.F.A., Fashion Design

Parsons School Of Design/New York, NY

1993

 

Specialty Courses and Certificates

Light and Photosynthesis on Coral Reefs

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico/Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Dr. Roberto Iglesias-Prieto, Dr. Susana Enriquez and others

2014

Advanced Course: Coral Tissue Slide Reading Workshop. Dr. Esther Peters

George Mason University/Fairfax, VA

2010

Advanced Course: Diseases of Corals and Other Reef Organisms. Dr. Esther Peters

Mote Marine Laboratory, Tropical Research Laboratory/Summerland Key, FL

2008

Undergraduate science pre-requisites

CUNY - New York City College of Technology/New York, NY

2008

Certificate, Conservation Biology

Columbia University/New York, NY
Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC)

2007

Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology

Project: Long-Term Monitoring and Assessment of the Hā‘ena Kaua‘i CBSFA
Graduate Research Assistant

2016 -2019

Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa/ Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Project: Long-term Micromollusk Monitoring at Sewage Outfalls, O‘ahu
Research Assistant

2014 - 2016

Pacific Center For Environmental Studies (PaCES) - Windward Community College/ Kāne‘ohe, Hawai‘i

Guest Lecturer and Field Assistant

2013

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa/Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Teaching Assistant (TA) Introduction to Biology Lab - Bio 172L
Teaching Assistant (TA) Corals and Coral Reefs - Zool 410

2013

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa/Honolulu, Hawaii

Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Cynthia Hunter

Fall 2012

Rainforest Alliance/New York, New York

Communications Coordinator, Design and Production

2005 – 2010

Pursuit of career in fashion design in New York and Italy from 1993 - 2003.

Field Experience

The Nature Conservancy - West Hawai‘i Island Reef Resilience 2019

Benthic surveys of corals recruits, monopod photos, Structure from Motion (SfM) on SCUBA, data entry

2019

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Reef Health from Coral Archives Micronesia Cruise

Transect coral species identification and counts on SCUBA, data entry

2012

Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Project (CRAMP) Hawai‘i

Permanent site maintenance, surveys on SCUBA, snorkel. O‘ahu and Kaua‘i

2015 - present

Montipora flabellata Distribution Surveys - Dissertation Research

Entire reef surveys of 22 patch reefs, Kāne‘ohe Bay, O‘ahu

2014 - 2015

Hawaiian Ko‘a Card Project - Coral Reef Ecology Laboratory

Coral fragment collection, card verification, O‘ahu

2017 - 2019

Professional Affiliations

Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Alpha Lambda Omega (ALO-HA) Chapter, Hawai‘i

President 2015-2016
Treasurer 2013-2015

Graduate Student Organization, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Marine Biology Graduate Program Representative 2014-2016

Investigation into the functional role of chromoproteins in the physiology and ecology of the Hawaiian stony coral Montipora flabellata in Kāne‘ohe Bay, O‘ahu.

Doctoral dissertation research.

Reef Health from Coral Archives Cruise - Micronesia 2012

PI: Dr. Konrad Hughen

Researcher on a month-long cruise aboard the M/Y Alucia, funded by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, to gather information on colony distribution and size class of approximately 60 genera of Pacific hard and soft corals. More info.

Investigation into pathological responses of two phenotypes of the Scleractinian coral, Montastraea faveolata, to putative marine Vibrio pathogens.

MSc thesis.

Corals of the genus Montastraea are particularly susceptible to disease in the Caribbean, although not all colonies become infected on the same timescale. Exposure of two phenotypes of the coral Montastraea faveolata to potentially pathogenic marine bacteria and histological examination of the cellular and tissue responses, aim to determine whether a colony’s vulnerability to infection is a function of its physiology. More info.

Peer-Reviewed

Rodgers KS, Bahr KD, Jokiel PL, Richards Donà A (2017)
Patterns of bleaching and mortality following widespread warming events in 2014 and 2015 at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Hawai‘i.
PeerJ. DOI:10.7717/peerj.3355.

Rodgers KS, Lorance K, Richards Donà A, Stender Y, Lager C, Jokiel PL (2017)
Effectiveness of coral relocation as a mitigation strategy in Kāne‘ohe Bay, Hawai‘i.
PeerJ. DOI:10.7717/peerj.3346.

Richards Donà A, Cervino JM, Goreau TJ, Bartels E, Hughen K, Smith GW, Donà A (2008)
Coral Yellow Band Disease; current status in the Caribbean and links to new Indo-Pacific outbreaks.
Proc. Intl. Coral Reef Symp. 1:239-243.

Reports

Rodgers KR, Bahr KD, Stender YO, Stender K, Richards Donà A, Weible R, Tsang A, Han JJ, McGowan AE (2018)
2017 Recovery Assessment and Long-term Monitoring of Reef Coral Communities at Pilaʻa Reef, Kauaʻi.
Report Prepared for: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources.

Rodgers KR, Bahr KD, Stender YO, Stender K, Richards Donà A, Weible R, Tsang A, Han JJ, McGowan AE (2018)
2017 Long-term Monitoring and Assessment of Hā‘ena, Kaua‘i Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area.
Report Prepared for: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources.

Rodgers KR, Bahr KD, Stender YO, Stender K, Richards Donà A, Weible R, Tsang A, Han JJ, McGowan AE (2017)
2016 Recovery Assessment and Long-term Monitoring of Reef Coral Communities at Pilaʻa Reef, Kauaʻi.
Report Prepared for: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources.

Rodgers KR, Bahr KD, Stender YO, Stender K, Richards Donà A, Weible R, Tsang A, Han JJ, McGowan AE (2017)
2016 Long-term Monitoring and Assessment of Hanalei Bay, Kaua‘i.
Report Prepared for: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources.

Rodgers KR, Bahr KD, Stender YO, Stender K, Richards Donà A, Weible R, Tsang A, Han JJ, McGowan AE (2017)
2016 Long-term Monitoring and Assessment of the Hā‘ena, Kaua‘i Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area.
Report Prepared for: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources.

Dissertation and Thesis

Investigation into the functional role of chromoproteins in the physiology and ecology of the Hawaiian stony coral Montipora flabellata in Kāne‘ohe Bay, O‘ahu.
Doctoral dissertation. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 2019.

Investigation into pathological responses of two phenotypes of the Scleractinian coral, Montastraea faveolata, to putative marine Vibrio pathogens.
M.Sc. thesis. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 2013. SUNY Digital Repository and Print.


Light and Photobiology of Corals
Oral Presentation
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Spring 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Corals and Coral Reefs undergraduate course (ZOOL 410).

Pathological Responses of the Caribbean Coral, Montastraea faveolata to Putative Marine Vibrio Pathogens
Oral Presentation
Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. March 19, 2014.
HIMB Spring Seminar Series.

Disease on Coral Reefs
Oral Presentation
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Spring 2013, 2014, 2015.
Corals and Coral Reefs undergraduate course (ZOOL 410).

Damaging Interactions Between the Coral Holobiont and Putative Bacterial Pathogens. Undetectable Until It Is Too Late
Oral Presentation
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. March 13, 2014.
39th Annual Albert L. Tester Symposium.

Damaging Interactions Between the Coral Holobiont and Putative Bacterial Pathogens. Undetectable Until It Is Too Late
Oral Presentation
2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI. February 26, 2014.
Session 053 Coral Microbiology: Partners and Pathogens.

Coral Reef Organisms
Oral Presentation
Windward Community College. June 17, 2013.
PaCES - HIMB summer course for high school students.

Investigation Into Pathological Responses of Two Phenotypes of the Scleractinian Coral, Montastraea faveolata to Putative Marine Vibrio Pathogens
Oral presentation
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University. August 1, 2012.
Thesis Defense.

Is That Coral Really Healthy? What Histology Can Tell Us About Corals That Lack Outward Signs Of Stress
Oral presentation
37th Eastern Fish Health Workshop. April 23, 2012.
Special Session 4 - As The Ocean Turns: How Environment Affects Coral Health.

Coral Yellow Band Disease; current status in the Caribbean and links to new Indo-Pacific outbreaks
Oral presentation
11th International Coral Reef Symposium. July 9, 2008.
Mini-symposia session 7 - Diseases on Coral Reefs.

Coral yellow band disease; recent infections in the Indo-pacific likely to follow devastating trend in the Caribbean
Poster presentation
American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. April 2, 2009
Spring Symposium “Exploring the Dynamic Relationship Between Health and the Environment”

Photobiology

Pulse amplitude modulated fluorometry (Diving PAM); Ocean Optics spectrometer; confocal laser scanning microscope; pigment extractions

Histology

Slide preparation, staining, and analysis; light microscopy

Microbiology

Bacterial cultivation; Gram staining; epifluorescence microscopy; fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)

Computer programs

JMP by SAS (proficient), R (basic), Python (in progress)
Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Lightroom (advanced)

Languages

English (native), Italian (fluent), Spanish (basic)

SCUBA Certification

AAUS Scientific Diver - lead diver to 100 fsw, Enriched Air Nitrox certified
DAN certification in CPR, First Aid, Emergency Oxygen Administration
700 logged dives

Boat skills

Licensed in State of Hawai‘i - small vessel operator

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