EDUCATION

Stanford University · Stanford, CA · September 2017 to present

Candidate in the Design Impact Engineering Masters Program focusing in Empowering Power

Pursuing coursework in product design, design thinking, systems thinking and lean start-up methodology

Course Assistant in ME110: Design Sketching and DESINST 215: Design of Data

Middlebury College · Middlebury, VT · February 2009 - February 2013

Bachelor of Arts · Double majored in Physics and Environmental Non-Fiction Writing

GPA · 3.71 · Dean’s List (GPA > 3.3) 2 semesters · College Scholar (GPA>3.6) 5 semesters; Graduated magna cum laude

Submitted two senior theses · “Calibrating Images of Laser Cooling” in Physics (A-) and “A Delicate, Fluid Stability” in Environmental Non-Fiction Writing based on working in oceanography at sea (A)

Language Skills · Intermediate French; Beginning Arabic; Beginning Hawaiian.

Computer Skills · Excel, Matlab, Mathematica, LaTex, ArcGIS, Adobe Dreamweaver and Illustrator

Sea Education Association · Based in Woods Hole, MA · January to March 2011

Semester abroad program sailing from Tahiti to Hawaii studying oceanography, maritime culture and sustainability on Polynesian islands

RESUME

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Technical Writer and Project Manager, Tetra Tech Inc. · Honolulu, HI · September 2015 to present

Writing, managing and researching for several marine and coastal projects including climate change research, environmental permitting, and invasive species control planning; 

  • Mapping, researching and writing stories for the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Report for the State of Hawai‘i Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee.

  • Managed the proposed installation of a pedestrian bridge on the Nāpali Coast for the State of Hawaii Division of State Parks. This included researching, writing and submitting all permitting and Environmental Assessments, overseeing engineering team's design of bridge; conducting public outreach and managing project finances.

  • Assisting with additional environmental projects including running permits for a wind power development, georeferencing maps for contaminated soil sampling, and monitoring and reporting on invasive species removal efforts.

Project Assistant, Pacific RISA · Honolulu, HI · August 2016

Conducted a literature review of recent climate change impacts research on the Pacific Region and produced annotated bibliographies on those impacts to Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems to serve as the basis for the scientific input to the next Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) and Pacific Chapter of the National Climate Assessment; contract in the works for continued work in the coming year on compiling, editing, and holding workshops on the forthcoming PIRCA

 

Communications Assistant, Polynesian Voyaging Society · Honolulu, HI · 2014 to 2017

Wrote and edited webpages, blogs and other communications materials about the Polynesian voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia and their crew on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage; crewmember on leg 31 of the Worldwide Voyage

 

Science Writer, Tetra Tech Inc./National Climatic Data Center, NOAA, Pacific Region · Honolulu, HI · August 2014 to June 2015

Developed a series of short, non-fiction narratives depicting “climate stories” on Pacific Islands to convey key message and lessons learned from past climate events

Researcher, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa · Pago Pago, American Samoa · August 2014 to December 2014

Conducted a valuation study of the marine resources within the sanctuary, including analyzing data using geographic information systems (GIS) and performing a literature review of ecosystem service valuation

Intern, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary · Honolulu, HI · June 2013 to January 2015

Researched and wrote sections of a Management Plan, outlining the expansion of the sanctuary’s scope to ecosystem-based conservation, and the associated Environmental Impact Statement; and preparing communication materials, handouts and presentations on the Management Plan

 

Science Writer, University of Hawaii Sea Grant · Honolulu, HI · September – December 2013

Co-authored a report (see right) on the climate impacts to the state of Hawaii, based on the most recent climate science, written for a non-

technical audience to increase public climate awareness, published in June 2014

 

Intern, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group · Seattle, WA · June – August 2013

Researched and wrote materials for the newsletter and other reports, including a literature review on recent climate science in the Northwest to be submitted to the Washington Department of Ecology

 

Physics Teaching Assistant and Peer Tutor, Middlebury College Center for Teaching and Learning · Middlebury, VT · January – December 2013

Assisted a professor in instructing 10 students completing lab experiments and grasping concepts; and tutored 8 peers one-on-one in concepts and calculations in first- and second-year physics courses

Research Assistant and Intern, Hawaii Ocean Time-series, University of Hawaii Department of Physical Oceanography · Honolulu, HI · March – August 2011 (Intern) and June – August 2012 (Research Assistant)

Analyzed and wrote a report on 7 years of oceanographic time-series data; worked aboard research vessels deploying instruments and gathering water samples; designed and constructed three websites for education, navigation and data archiving; wrote educational materials on the oceanographic research for a general audience; wrote a daily blog about our research for a general audience, particularly chronicling the installation of a groundbreaking seafloor observatory, the ALOHA Cabled Observatory (ACO)

 

Intern, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems · Seattle, WA · August 2010

Assisted in website design and navigation; reviewed educational materials

Intern, Ridgeline Energy · Seattle, WA · June – August 2009

Researched prospective wind farm locations using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); researched Renewable Portfolio Standards and Requests for Proposals in western states

 

Scuba Research Volunteer, Blue Ventures · Andavadoaka, Madagascar · September – December 2008

Performed marine surveys on reefs in a Marine Protected Area, identifying over 150 species of fish and coral; instructed volunteers in fish identification, transect sampling, and dive routine

ADDITIONAL

Current Activities

  • Outrigger canoe paddler (steerswoman) at Waikīkī Beachboys Canoe Club

  • Midfielder, Regulators Soccer Team, O'ahu Rangers League

  • Active bicyclist

  • Scuba diver (PADI Divemaster certified)

  • Mixed media artist,

    • attended classes at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and

    • 2016 art shows in Morning Glass Coffee + Cafe, and Coffeeline Cafe

    • currently illustrating a children's book Uwe Ka Lani by Pomaika'i Benevedes

  • student of Kealaleo language school biweekly Hawaiian language class​

 

College Activities

  • Features Writer at The Middlebury Campus Newspaper

  • Member of Middlebury Green Engineers Club

  • Member of Middlebury College Women’s Varsity Golf Team