Coming APASEEM Presentations & Meetings

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Technologically Advanced Oceanographic Collaborations Onboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor

(This talk was cancelled due to a passing typhoon.)

            The Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management (APASEEM)--based on Saipan--is pleased to co-host a public event focused upon the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s science program including work in the Mariana Trench this coming Monday, October 6th at Saipan's American Memorial Park auditorium, from 6:30 to 8pm. Presenting is Doctoral Candidate Ms. Carlie Wiener, Communications Manager for the Institute. All who are interested please come and learn about the institute and its planned research.

            As background, the Schmidt Ocean Institute is a private non-profit operating foundation established to progress the understanding of the world's ocean through technological advancement, intelligent observation, and open sharing of information. Join us as she takes you aboard the institute's 83m fully equipped research vessel Falkor, and explore the cutting-edge science conducted around the Pacific Region including the Hawaiian Islands, Australia, and our Mariana Trench. R/V Falkor supports a wide range of scientific marine operations and research facilities including autonomous and remotely operated robotics, hydrographic surveys, acoustic research, and telepresence-enabled research activities. This presentation will provide an overview of the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s science program including, as mentioned, upcoming work in the Mariana Trench, and its latest accomplishments such as the new full ocean-depth hybrid remotely operated robotic vehicle that will come online in mid-2016. 

            Learn more about Carlie and her team of researchers and educators by visiting the institute's website, As at all APASEEM talks, on-topic questions from the audience are strongly encouraged. For more information visit the website or write to us via Hope to see you there:)

     R/V Falkor                               Carlie Wiener



            Deck Activity                             Sea Ops

Thanks to John Furey of APASEEM for this press release

Posted October 2, 2014


Below are past presentations:

NOAA Research Vessel returns from Northern Islands. Researchers will present findings at AMP talk this Saturday.

                What's it like to sail to our CNMI's northernmost islands? What aspects of marine science is the current research team studying up there now and what have they learned so far? How do this year's findings compare to previous expeditions? Would you like to visit and tour an oceanographic vessel personally?

                The Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management (APASEEM) is pleased to co-host a public presentation by federal and local researchers who will have just returned from an expedition to the pelagic and nearshore waters off our archipelago's northernmost islands. Led by NOAA-vessel Lead Scientist Robert L. Humphreys Jr., the group's talk will begin at 6:30pm and close at 8pm at the American Memorial Park auditorium this Saturday evening, July 5th. In addition to NOAA staff, local scientists from the CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and the Division of Fish and Wildlife will be presenting on the voyage's array of inquiry topics and findings, along with descriptions of the various instruments and methods used. As at all APASEEM meetings, topical questions from audience members are strongly encouraged. For more information visit our local academy's website at or write to us at

                In addition to the presentation, the scientists and crew of the Oscar Elton Sette, our regions' principal NOAA fishery research vessel, will host scientist-guided tours at an open house for persons interested in visiting the ship itself, also on this Saturday at Charlie Dock, Saipan from 12noon to 4pm. For information about the ship and its ongoing mission, see NOAA's ship flier at

                Mark your calendar for an interesting afternoon and evening this weekend and come learn about the ocean's environment and its various life forms. APASEEM is a locally established and U.S. IRS-recognized 501c(3) nonprofit organization.

Thanks to John Furey of APASEEM for this press release.

Posted July 1, 2014

For Immediate Release:

"El Nino Projections for 2014-15: How El Nino works and its anticipated effects for our Commonwealth and Region."

The El Nino climate phenomenon is anticipated to re-occur in the Pacific later this year. When this event occurs and reaches a moderate or strong intensity, it can significantly impact the worldwide weather, often destructively. Our Mariana Islands Archipelago is often the recipient of some of the harsh impacts, such as more typhoon and monsoon activity, increased floods, and even a prolonged drought.

The public is invited to attend an APASEEM-sponsored talk on this subject to be held at the Saipan Multipurpose Center this coming Tuesday, May 13, 2014, beginning at 3:30pm.

The Region's National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Mr. Charles (Chip) Guard, will share his agency's most recent scientific projections on the anticipated El Nino phenomenon. In addition, Chip will discuss previous and potential impacts to our region that are associated with this global climate phenomenon.

As at all APASEEM events questions from the public are greatly encouraged.

For more information contact APASEEM President Mr. Michael Trianni at or John Furey, APASEEM Secretary at

Posted May 12. 2014

Climate Monitoring Talk

APASEEM and  American Memorial Park are sponsoring a talk about climate monitoring at the American Memorial Park Visitor Center theater on the evening of Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 at 6PM.

Dave Simeral from the Western Regional Climate Center ( will talk about how climate monitoring works, what the WRCC does as part of this, and how the station at American Memorial Park fits into the global effort to understand climate conditions.  He is traveling here from Reno, NV in support of the NPS Inventory and Monitoring program's climate monitoring project.  The talk will be accompanied by multimedia presentations, along with a question and answer dialogue afterwards. As always at APASEEM events, questions from local scientists and the general public are greatly encouraged. Please help share the word to those who may be interested in learning more about this current world environmental issue.

For more information about the upcoming talk, contact Mr. Justin Mills of the US NPS at, or Mr. John Furey of APASEEM at More information about the monitoring project is available at: and For accommodation or more information (assisted listening devices, etc), please contact the park at: 670-234-7207.

Posted February 10, 2014 

Conference Schedule:

Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management.

Annual APASEEM Conference. American Memorial Park Auditorium.


Conference Day One, Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Presenter: Mr. Robbie Greene

Affiliation:  NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship Program, CNMI Coastal Resources Management Office

Contact email:

Title: "Filling up the Bathtub: Using Elevation Models to Communicate the Impacts of Local Sea Level Changes in

                the CNMI"

In January 2013, over 200 scientists, resource managers and academic researchers from Pacific island nations and territories met in Suva, Fiji to discuss the state of climate information services in the region. From this discussion, a need emerged for novel services that could communicate complex climate science to broader audiences. A few creative folks referred to this service as climate translation: a way to transfer concepts and scientific information across a spectrum of researchers, policy-makers, and community members. This presentation highlights the development of CNMI-specific sea level rise maps as a meaningful first step toward local climate translation. High-resolution elevation data were used to map the potential extent of coastal flooding on Saipan due to changes in sea level. A number of empirically supported sea level scenarios were explored, including observed short-term rise due to typhoons and El-Nino events, as well as long-term rise in response to climate change projections. Visualizations of these scenarios are presented, and impacts to Saipan’s social and natural systems are discussed.

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Presenter: Dr. Edgar Tudor, DVM

Affiliation: Paradise Animal Hospital

Contact email:

Title: "Discovery of and Details Regarding a New Species to Science, a Cat Earworm"


Note: To include some film footage. Exact title and abstract to be provided.



Presenter(s): Aaron Sanders and Daniel Gubler, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Brigham Young University-Hawaii, 55-220 Kulanui Street #1967, Laie, Hawaii 96762, USA

Contact email:

Title: "Active Compounds in the Medicinal Plants: Cuscuta sandwichiana and Scaevola taccada"

The parasitic vine Cuscuta sandwichiana is an endemic Hawaiian plant that was used in traditional Hawaiian medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Scaevola taccada is a flowering beach plant found typically in the Indo-Pacific region. This plant has been used as a source of traditional medicine in a vast number of cultures. Previous to this study neither C. sandwichiana nor the berries of S. taccada had not been analyzed for their organic compound makeup. Through the use of Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy this study identified multiple organic compounds in C. sandwichiana and in the S. taccada berries that validate their uses in traditional medicine.

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Presenter(s): Erin Hoff, Roger Goodwill, David Bybee

Affiliation: BYU-H Biological Sciences Department

Contact email:

Title: "Distribution and Abundance of Sabellid Polychaetes on the Kahuku Reef Flat, O’ahu Hawai’i"


Sabellid distribution and abundance on algae from the Kahuku reef flat (21°41’2.89”N and 157°56’40.74”W) was studied from April 2013 to October 2013. Distribution and abundance was measured using two 30 m transects which were subdivided into numbered 0.1 m2 quadrats. Transects were located on the center of the reef, which represented the most algal cover, and were designed to cover high and low intertidal zones. Transect A was located 15 m from shore, and transect B was located 23 m from shore. A random number table was used to select specific quadrats which determined the infauna sample sites. Sampling was conducted twice each month during low tide, once on transect A and once on transect B. Samples were collected from ten quadrats on each transect, stored in aerated containers of salt water, and sorted using a dissection light microscope. Individual sabellids, either inside or outside of tubes, were teased out of algal samples with microscopic forceps. Preliminary results suggest at least one new species has been found, Amphicorina sp. Evidence suggests that different sabellid species may be actively selecting specific algae for settlement. Initial observations also indicate that the reproductive mode of at least one species, Amphicorina sp, is a tube brooder with several different larval stages confirmed so far.

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Presenter: Denton, Dr. Gary R.W. Ph.D.

Affiliation: Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific, University of Guam, UOG Station,

                                Mangilao, Guam 96923, USA

Contact email:

Title: “Metal Deficiencies and Imbalances in Wetland Plants from a Manganese-Enriched Wetland in Southern

                Guam: A Possible Lytico-Bodig Connection?”


Trace metal levels were determined in surface waters, soil, soil pore-waters and three species of dominant plants from a small perennial wetland in southern Guam. The wetland is unusual in that has formed in an area that is geologically enriched with pyrolusite, a manganese bearing ore found primarily in fractures and fissures of the highly weathered and sparsely vegetated saprolite rocks that dominate the surrounding upland terrain. Over time, erosional processes have mobilized significant quantities of upland soil and fragmented pyrolusite into the wetland below where reducing conditions have favored the liberation of soluble Mn2+ from ore remnants. Manganese levels in surface waters draining the wetland were at least an order of magnitude higher than those found in other Guam rivers and streams draining watersheds without wetlands, while those in sediment pore-waters were up to three orders of magnitude higher. Despite adequate soluble supplies of essential trace elements in the wetland soil and soil pore-waters, the metal status of the common sedge, Fimbristylis tristachya, was suggestive of deficiencies in iron, copper and zinc. In contrast, manganese concentrations in this species and in the climbing fern, Lygodium microphyllum, sometimes approached levels considered phytotoxic to most other plants. Extremely high concentrations of manganese were encountered in foliar tips of the monocot tree, Pandanus tectorius, with values exceeding 10,000 μg/g dry weight in some wetland representatives. P. tectorius is a savannah species that has adapted to wetland conditions and its ability to tolerate high levels of soluble manganese in the study area has undoubtedly helped facilitate its survival in this environment. However, the fact that upland specimens share the same capability suggests this mechanism evolved in response to selection pressures other than those associated with waterlogged soil. Historically, dried Pandanus leaves were used extensively as a source of domestic fiber in the local Chamorro culture. A possible link between the use of this plant and a neurodegenerative disease complex that is symptomatically similar to the occupational disease ‘manganism’ and once plagued the island is discussed. This mysterious ailment, locally known as ‘Lytico-Bodig’ appears only in native Chamorro people and is reputed to have once accounted for the deaths of one person in five over the age of 25. Today, Lytico-Bodig has all but disappeared from Guam, which has led to speculation that the diseases may have been linked to an environmental factor that is no longer threatening.

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Conference Day Two, Wednesday, November 20, 2013-Mini Symposium Fisheries


Presenter: Gourley, Mr. John.

Affiliation: Marianas Conservation

Email contact:

Title: "If Size Matter, Why Doesn’t Science?  A Review of the Science Behind the “Size Matters” Campaign."



The “Size Matters” campaign has been an ongoing voluntary fisheries management campaign since early 2011. The campaign has produced a measurement guide and poster that identifies sizes of various species of reef fish that represents the size when 50% of the species has reached reproductive state; called the L50.  The campaign objective is to educate island fishermen to voluntarily catch and retain fish that are greater than the stated L50 and release any fish that are smaller.


A critique of the science supporting this fisheries campaign was conducted. Various aspects of the campaign, such as source of the L50 sizes, a review of the literature supporting the L50 sizes and the approach of using the L50 as a fishery management measure was investigated for its relevancy.

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Presenter(s): Dunn, Mr. Trey.

Affiliation(s): CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section

Contact email:

Title: "DFW's Life History Work on the Red-Lipped Parrotfish Scarus rubroviolaceus"


The CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife has a long running fish life history program that seeks to gain specific life history characteristics for important fish species in the CNMI. This information is critical for making management decisions. DFW has recently been shifting focus of the program solely to reef fishes that are most commonly fished. One of the most common and readily targeted parrotfish in the CNMI is the Red-Lipped Parrotfish Scarus rubroviolaceus. Over the past two and a half years, DFW has been sampling this fish and taking life history information. The results from this work will be presented.

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Presenter: Gourley, Mr. John.

Affiliation: Micronesian Environmental Services

Email contact:

Title: "Is the Condition of Saipan’s Reef Fish Better or Worse Since 2009? A  Comparison of the 2009 PMRI market

                study and the 2011-2013 Bio-Sampling market study"


Pacific Marine Resources Institute (PMRI) conducted a 4-month market survey of Saipan landed reef fish during 2009 and 2010.  Over the past 3 years, the results have been widely disseminated in the public arena as an informational brochure, grey-literature report, peer-reviewed paper, numerous presentations, several newspaper articles, and the unilateral development of commercial size regulations for reef fish. The message being broadcasted was that that most of the Saipan commercial reef fish were being caught before they have a chance to reproduce and that SCUBA assisted spearfishing activities are supplying most of the fish for the Saipan market.


A NOAA-PIFSC funded fishery bio-sampling program was initiated late 2010 with market sampling starting in January 2011.  Sampling the same Saipan-based vendors that PMRI surveyed the previous year, the bio-sampling program collected fish size data, as well as catch effort and location data, over a 33 month period. 


Results from the PMRI market study are compared with results of the Bio-Sampling study in an attempt to distinguish any changes that may have occurred since the PMRI study was conducted.



Presenter: Trianni, Mr. Michael.

Affiliation: N/A

Contact email:

Title(s): "A historical review of research and management of reef fisheries in the CNMI"


Research and management of reef fisheries are presented along a historical timeline, noting various actions implemented by the CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife through 2010. The rationale and process of managing reef fisheries in the CNMI, particularly Saipan, has often been challenging, and solely aimed at providing a sustainable resource for present and future generations.


Conference Day Three, Thursday, November 21, 2013



Presenter(s): Zachary Rupp and Daniel Gubler, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Brigham Young University-Hawaii, 55-220 Kulanui Street #1967, Laie, Hawaii 96762, USA


Title: "Determining the Chemical Signatures of Emotional States"


In this project we are looking to find and study human pheromones in the form of volatile organic compounds. A large part of this project involves working with a Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer in order to analyze the compounds that are given off by participants during testing. Our current testing involves evoking certain emotions in participants, to see if in the process they give off any chemicals that could be correlated with the desired emotion. For example among certain organisms, when in danger, they give off an alarm pheromone to make their fellow organisms aware of the threat. We are testing to see if humans do something similar, that is, using chemosignaling in some way to communicate to those around them. This presentation will discuss a class of small molecules that may act as alarm pheromones in humans.



Presenter(s): Ryan Okano, Ph.D.

Affiliation: CNMI Division of Environmental Quality

Contact email:

Title: "The Influence of Water Quality and Herbivory on Algal Communities within Laolao Bay"



Water quality and herbivory are considered to be primary factors that influence tropical algal communities.  Water quality parameters in particular nutrients can fuel algal growth and result in the proliferation of weedy species.  Herbivores are known to feed on algae, limiting the growth and presence of algal species.  The recent Laolao Bay Watershed Restoration Project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided the Marine Monitoring Team with a unique coastal data set.  Water quality constituents considered are salinity, pH, turbidity, and nutrients.  Biological data considered are algal diversity quadrats and food fish stationary point counts.  The influence of water quality on algal communities is demonstrated on the reef flat, while data suggest a relationship between algal and fish communities on the reef slope.



Presenter(s): Frank Villagomez

Affiliation: CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife

Contact email:

Title: "Fish Aggregating Devices in the CNMI"

Abstract: To be provided



Presenter(s): Dr. Angel Yanagihara, Ph.D.

Affiliation: University of Hawaii

Contact email:

Title: "Box Jellyfish: Field Ecology, Envenomation and Treatment of Stings"

Abstract: To be provided


[Presenters are encouraged to contact APASEEM leaders for any mis-identified and/or due agency references, scientific credentials, topic titles, recognition of effort-supporting co-presenters and any other changes for our ‘living and continuously-updated synopsis’ reference, updated on the website As you progress in your academic credential accomplishments please keep the Academy advised, this for future synopsis update/revisions, so that we can help lend due recognition.


Finally we take this opportunity to express our deepest thank you for your significant contribution to our region’s sciences, environmental management, and science education understanding.]

Posted November 16, 2013

Call for Presentations:

The Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management (APASEEM) is presently putting forth this Call for Presentations for our upcoming annual meeting (2013). APASEEM is also proud to announce its new website, at Please help us distribute this announcement widely to all on your professional contacts list.

In keeping with tradition, we target using the week before Thanksgiving for the presentations conference. The tentative date(s) scheduled is Tuesday, November 19th, and if needed, also Wednesday November 20th, and Thursday November 21st, with the initial meeting to run from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. As in the past, we are reserved to hold the event at the American Memorial Park Auditorium, which seats up to 112 people.   

All interested science and environmental professionals--and teachers and students of these disciplines--are encouraged to develop a 15 to 20 minute presentation on an aspect of their recent work which may be of interest to the CNMI's science, science education, and environmental management community. To get scheduled on the meetings' agenda, just contact any officer (see email addresses below). An abstract of your talk, which we began to include last year, will help us to better advertise our conference, so please send us one when able to. For examples please see past year's talks.

We are also using this opportunity to continue our ongoing membership drive. Spread the word we mostly operate on annually due membership fees and contributions. If you've been thinking about becoming a dues-paying active member, or if your affiliation or agency is able to do so, please encourage this and please join. A reminder--most of us remember to pay at or around the date of our annual conference and that fees for professional organizations are tax deductible. Remember speakers get half off on annual fees if they've presented sometime during the previous year. Group rates available for any organization, public or private--see website for fees and mailing address. Potential new members and/or potential group officers are highly encouraged to make contact with us. 

As background, you can view the updated APASEEM synopsis here.

Please contact Ken Kramer (president) via; or Michael Trianni (vice president) via; or Andre Kozij (secretary) via; or John Furey (treasurer) via to get on this year’s conference schedule. The organization also now has a Gmail account for general correspondence,

Finally, so that we can learn a bit about you, please fill in the membership form and return this by email.  Membership Application (pdf)

APASEEM Presents:

"Findings from Acoustic and Visual Surveys of Cetaceans in the Northern Mariana Islands"

               The Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management (APASEEM) will host a science-focused public gathering on local whales and dolphins next Thursday, July18th at the American Memorial Park auditorium, Saipan. Time is from 6:30 to 8pm. Everyone is invited to attend and learn about our region's various species of marine mammals from Dr. Erin Oleson, lead scientist for the Cetacean Research Program at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu.

               Dr. Oleson oversees the program’s mission to assess the abundance and status, including potential human-caused impacts, for all whale and dolphin (cetacean) populations within the Pacific Islands Region, including those near Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Erin’s research focuses on developing new passive acoustic technology to monitor the occurrence and behavior of whales and dolphins in remote regions or in situations where traditional visual methods are ineffective. In 2011 Erin was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her work to bring new innovative technological solutions to fill critical data gaps in cetacean science in the Pacific Region. Research within the Cetacean Program focuses on pairing traditional survey techniques, including ship-based and small boat surveys for cetaceans, with new technologies, such as long-term acoustic recorders, animal-carried tags, and development of new autonomous sensors to develop new techniques for assessing cetacean populations. A copy of her PowerPoint slides from last year's talk is posted on the APASEEM website listed below.

               With support from the U.S. Navy, the Cetacean Program has been conducting small boat surveys from Guam, Rota, and Saipan since 2010. To date these surveys have documented 20 species of cetaceans in the waters of the Marianas Archipelago, a figure which doubles the number which was known just two years ago. In addition, two long-term acoustic recorders have been deployed near Saipan and Tinian to monitor the presence of cetaceans year-round for comparison with these vessel surveys. Erin’s presentation will discuss some of the Program’s findings from the recent surveys and acoustic research in the Marianas. One year and five months of data available so far indicate the presence of several dolphin species, Bryde’s, humpback, and fin whales, at least three species of beaked whale, along with possible new species detected by this year's acoustical probes. As at all APASEEM talks, questions from the audience are strongly encouraged. For more information visit the website or write to us via

Mariana Avifauna Conservation(MAC) Project Presentation

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 4:15 to 5:30pm, an interesting talk concerning island birdlife and its conservation will be held at the American Memorial Park auditorium. APASEEM will be hosting in cooperation with DFW and visiting scientists. All interested members of the public are invited to attend.  


The mid-1980s saw the brown tree-snake either extirpate or drive to extinction nine of 12 species of forest bird on Guam.  Almost 20 years later the U.S. Department of the Interior determined that Saipan may support an “incipient” population of this serious invasive predator.  In 2005 the CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) determined that preemptive action was necessary for the CNMI’s birdlife to avoid the fate that befell Guam – thus, the Mariana Avifauna Conservation (MAC) Project became a reality.

The MAC Project’s endeavors are two-fold; 1) the maintenance of captive populations (which serve as genetic reserves) of the CNMI’s native and endemic forest bird species at AZA affiliated institutions on the U.S. Mainland, and 2) the establishment of satellite populations of these bird species on islands in the Mariana archipelago deemed safe from brown tree-snakes.  Captive breeding programs at participating zoos on the U.S. mainland have thus far experienced success with the Mariana Fruit Dove, the White-throated Ground Dove, and the Golden White-eye.  Likewise, satellite populations of Bridled White-eyes, Golden White-eyes, and Mariana Fruit Doves have successfully been established on Sarigan via a program of conservation introduction.  In both endeavors, however, there is more work ahead of the MAC Project.

In April and May of this year 16 staff members from 10 AZA affiliated zoos and conservation organizations will join DFW on Saipan to execute the eighth year of the MAC Project’s annual field efforts.  This year’s focus will be the translocation of Mariana Fruit Doves and Rufous Fantails from Saipan to Sarigan, and the addition of fantails and Bridled White-eyes to captive programs at zoos in the States.  

Presenting on this topic will be CNMI Ornithologist Mr. Paul Radley, together with visiting scientists Mr. Herb Roberts of the Memphis Zoo, and Ms. Ellen Gorrell of the Toledo Zoo. Additional program information is available by visiting the Facebook page Ms. Gorrell maintains via For more information about APASEEM, please visit our website at

Posted April 25, 2013

Presentations Conducted To Date:


April 2004. (Special Meeting) NMC Campus - Room D1. Saipan.

- Dr. Phillip Bruner, Ph.D., Ornithologist and Instructor of Science - Brigham Young University, Hawaii. "Introduction to Migrations of the Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) and Plans for Conducting a Project to Compare Eastern and Western Pacific Populations."



April 2005. (Special Meeting) - Susupe Multipurpose Center. Saipan.

- Dr. Oscar Walter Johnson, Ph.D., Ornithologist and Emeritus Faculty Member (Adjunct) - Montana State University, Montana. "Implementing Studies to Track Pluvialis fulva Migrations, Comparing DNA and Environmental Background Radionucleitide Contaminants, Applying and Monitoring Radio transmitters, and Other Project-related Activities."



November 3, 2005. (First Annual General Meeting, First Session) NMC Campus - Room D1. Saipan.

- Dr. Roger Goodwill, D.A., Marine Biologist and Science Department Chair - Brigham Young University, Hawaii; and John Furey, M.Sc., Ecologist/Resource Manager/Science Instructor, Northern Marianas College, Saipan. "Findings on the Sea Anemone, Paraiptasia radiata and its Symbiotic Association with Various Gastropod Hosts as Found over Recent Years from Studies near Managaha Island and Other Locations in the Saipan Lagoon."


- Ms. Stacey Philipoom-Lynn; Ms. Sandra Talbot; Ms. Judy Gust; Mr. Shane Gold; and Dr. Roger Goodwill.  2005.  - Biological Sciences Department, Brigham Young University, Hawaii. "Investigations of Genetic Markers of Pluvialis fulva, Comparing Hawaiian Avifauna Populations with those in the Northern Mariana Islands."  


- Mr. Daniel S. Vice, M.Sc., Wildlife Biologist - US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, Guam. "Invasive Species Management by Federal, Territorial, and Commonwealth Programs in the Mariana Islands."


- Dr. Craig Smith, Ph.D., Agronomist and Research Scientist - NMC College Research, Extension, and Educational Services, Northern Marianas College. "Investigations of a New Methodology to Control Nutrient Impacts from Combined Aquaculture and Hydroponics Farming Systems."


- Ms. Shelley Kremer, M.Sc., Wildlife Biologist - CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife, Saipan. "A Project to Protect Nesting Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Puffinus pacificus, Managaha Island, Saipan."



November 16, 2005, (First Annual General Meeting, Second Session) NMC Campus –

Room D1. Saipan.

- Mr. Simon Habegger, M.A., Mammal Anatomist, Biological Anthropologist, and Instructor of Science - Northern Marianas College, Saipan. "Evolution, Anatomy, and Physiology of the Tropical or Bryde's Whale, Balaenopterus edeni."


- Dr. Allan Sabaldica, D.V.M., Veterinarian and Research Scientist - College Research, Extension, and Educational Services, Northern Marianas College, Tinian. "An Alternative Waste Management Strategy for Subsistence and Commercial Piggeries in the Pacific Region.”


- Dr. Kate Moots, Ph.D., Ichthyologist and Instructor of Science and Mathematics (Adjunct) - Northern Marianas College, Saipan. "New Changes in Pipefish (Family Syngnathidae) Taxonomy.”



February 22, 2006. (Special Meeting) NMC Campus - Room D1. Saipan.

- Dr. Peter Van Beukering, Environmental Economist, Cesar Environmental Economics Consulting. The Netherlands. "Findings Report on the Economic Valuation of the CNMI's Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems."



August 21, 2006. (Special Meeting) NMC Campus - Room D1. Saipan.

- Ms. Lucy Harrison, Ph.D.-Candidate - Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Frazer University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. "Current Research on Monitoring Human Pollutants in the Saipan Lagoon by Isolating the Hormone Estrogen in Lagoon Waters and by Monitoring Anomalies in the Reproductive Characteristics of Lagoon Damselfishes (Family Pomacentridae)." [Note: Scheduled, but not presented due to illness. Talk title is kept as a record of earlier scheduling; when Lucy returns to the CNMI, she will conduct her presentation. Information regarding Lucy’s work can be found using a search via Google or other such service on the Internet].


- Dr. Roger Goodwill, D.A., Marine Biologist and Science Department Chair - Brigham Young University, Hawaii; and Mr. Nathaniel (Nate) Hawley, M.Sc., Herpetologist & Wildlife Biologist, CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife. "Plans for Monitoring the Potential Introduction of Avian Influenza into Pacific Islands by Regularly Assessing its Absence/Presence in Populations of Pacific Golden Plovers."  



November 29, 2006. (Second Annual General Meeting. First Session) NMC Campus –

Room D1. Saipan.

- Dr. Gary Denton, Ph.D., Environmental Toxicologist and Program Director, University of Guam--Water and Environmental Research Institute; Ms. Lucrina P. Concepcion, Graduate Assistant, University of Guam--Water and Environmental Research Institute; Mr. Harold (Rick) Wood, Chemist and Laboratory Manager, University of Guam--Water and Environmental Research Institute; Dr. John Morrison, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, NSW Australia; and Mr. Brian G. Beardon, P.E., CNMI Division of Environmental Quality, Saipan. - "Heavy Metal Surveillance Studies in Tanapag Lagoon: Program Directives and Data Highlights."


- Ms. Qamar Schulyer, M.Sc., Environmental Education Specialist (Coral Reefs); NOAA Fellows Program, NOAA/CRMO/DFW/DEQ Coral Reefs Education Program - "An Environmental Outreach Program, Incorporating Social Marketing."


- Dr. Rodger Goodwill, D.A., Brigham Young University, Hawaii, Chair, Biological Sciences Department; and John Furey, M.Sc., Ecologist/Resource Manager/Science Instructor, Northern Marianas College, Saipan.  - "Habitat and Population Density of the Sea Anemones Edwardsianthus gilbetensis and Andwakia sp. on Saipan."



November 30, 2006. (Second Annual General Meeting. Second Session) NMC Campus –

Room D1. Saipan.

- Dr. Gary Denton, Ph.D., Environmental Toxicologist and Program Director, University of Guam--Water and Environmental Research Institute; and Mr. Michael Trianni, Fisheries Division Supervisor, CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife, Saipan. "Mercury and Arsenic in Popular Table Fish from Tanapag Lagoon."


- Ms. Gayle Martin, M.Sc., Natural Resources Planner, CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife. "Eradication of Goats and Pigs from Sarigan Island & Recovery of Forest Since Eradication; Surveys of Vegetation and Wildlife, Preliminary, Qualitative Results, and Plans for Eventual Translocation of Birds to Sarigan from Saipan."              


- Mr. Simon Habegger, M.A., Biological Anthropologist and Instructor of Science, Northern Marianas College - "Comments Regarding the Possibilities of Planting and Harvesting the Oily Sap from the Tree, Copaifera langsdorfii, Commonly Called ‘the Diesel Tree’, as a Potential Home-grown Biofuel Applicable to Tropical Islands, Including the Marianas.”


- Dr. David Bybee, Ph.D., University of Hawaii, Manoa, Coconut Island Marine Laboratory, and Instructor of Science, Brigham Young University; Dr. Rodger Goodwill, D.A., Brigham Young University, Hawaii, Chair, Biological Sciences Department – Hawaii; and John Furey, M.Sc., Ecologist/Resource Manager/Science Instructor, Northern Marianas College, Saipan. "Evidence of the Introduction of the Feather Duster Polychaete, Sabellastarte spectabilis, to the Mariana Islands Prior to 1991 and Its Mariculture Potential."



March 12, 2008. (Special Meeting) American Memorial Park Auditorium. Saipan.

- Mr. David Schofield, M.Sc., Zoologist and Pacific Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network Coordinator, Office of Protected Resources, Pacific Islands Regional Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Honolulu, Hawaii. "Marine Mammals Ashore: What to Do During Stranding Events."



April 13, 2008. (Special Meeting) American Memorial Park Auditorium. Saipan.

- Ms. Jennifer McKinnon, M.Sc.-Graduate Student, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia and Jason Raupp, B.Sc., Consulting Archeologist. Australia and USA. “An Orientation for Community Volunteers to Assist with an Archeological Investigation in Advance of Planned Construction of a New Marine/Environmental Science Center at Pau Pau Beach, Saipan.”



November 25, 2008 (General Meeting) American Memorial Park Auditorium. Saipan.

- Ms. Haldre Rogers, Ph.D., University of Washington Biology Department. “The Impacts of Bird Loss on the Forests of Guam.”


- Dr. Roger Goodwill, D.A., Marine Biologist and Chairman, Biological Sciences Department, Brigham Young University, Hawaii. “An Update of Current Research concerning Migratory Pacific Golden Plovers, Pluvialis fulva, and certain Marine Intertidal Organisms.”


- Dr. Dilip Nandwani, Ph.D., Plant Pathologist/Agronomist. Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Service, Northern Marianas College. “Applying Tissue Culture Techniques to Improve CNMI Agricultural Crops and an Update on Recent Research of CNMI Specialty Crops, Including Medicinal Plants.”


- Ms. Kimberly Vaillancourt, M.Sc., Science Instructor; Ms. Christiane Baquiano,
Ms. Melissa Campo, Mr. John Paul Aglubat, Ms. Kimberly Ada, Ms. Allene Evallar and
Ms. Charlene Lizardo, Students; Hopwood Junior High School, Saipan. “Conducting an In-Class Debate Regarding the Proposal to Establish a National Monument in the Waters Surrounding Certain Islands of the Mariana Archipelago.”


- Dr. Gary Denton, Ph.D., Environmental Toxicologist and Director, Water & Environment Research Institute, University of Guam. Co-presenters: Mr. Brian Bearden, P.E., CNMI Division of Environmental Quality, Mr. Michael Trianni, M.Sc., CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife, and Dr. Peter Houk, Ph.D., CNMI Division of Environmental Quality. "Environmental CSI Saipan: Tracking Down a Mercury Source and Delineating its Impact on Local Fisheries." 


July 5th to July 12th, 2009 (APASEEM Co-sponsored Tinian Discovery Camp). Tatchonga Beach

and Other Locations, Tinian.

- Mr. John Furey, M.Sc., General Ecologist/Resource Manager/Science Instructor (retired), Saipan. “Local and Regional Dangerous Marine Organisms and Physical Environment Concerns to Watch Out for”; “Hafa Na Klasi Guihan Este?—Learning the Taxonomy, Niche, and Adaptations of Observed Marine Fishes and Invertebrates”; & “A Hands-on Orientation to the Collection and Microscopic Study of Emergent Zooplankton.” 

- Officers and Staff, Department of Public Safety, Tinian. “An Orientation to Boating and Water Safety

and “Hands-on Rapelling from a Cliff Face”.


- Mr. Mike Tripp, Mr. Harry Blailock, and Mr. Mike Ernest. “Certified Instruction: Discovery Level, Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA)”.


- Mr. Andre Kozij, B.Sc., Chemist/Science Instructor, Northern Marianas Academy, Saipan. “An Orientation to the Historical Development of Ecology as a Scientific Discipline.”


- John A. Starmer, Ph.D.-candidate Graduate Student and Marine Biologist; Mr. David Benevente, B.Sc., and Mr. Rodney Camacho, B.Sc.; Coastal Resources Management Office, Saipan. “An Orientation to and Hands-on Demonstration of the Application of Line Transect Studies of Substrates, Fishes, and Macro-invertebrates as a Practical Method for Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring”.


- Ms. Kathy Yuknavage, M.Sc., Executive Director. Mariana Islands Nature Alliance, Saipan. “Walk It, Don’t Drive It, A Beach Recovery Story”. & Climate Change, Micronesia’s Challenge.


- Mr. Takeji Hagashima, Retired Utilities Technician and Tour Guide, Tinian/Saipan. “A ‘Jungle Stomp’, an Exploration of Caves which served Japanese Citizens as Refuges during the Battle of Tinian, and a Visit to the North Field Runways and the two Loading Pits for the Atomic Bombs used during World War II

- Ms. Haldre Rogers, Ph.D.-Candidate Graduate Student, University of Washington Biology Department, and Ms. Leanne Obra, M.Sc., Environmental Science Research Assistant, University of Guam. “Introduction to Native Forest Tree Identification and an Experiment on Seed Predation by Hermit Crabs”.


- Mr. Joe San Nicolas, Community Worker, Tinian Mayor’s Office and a Traditional Handicrafts Artist. “A Hands-on Demonstration on the Weaving of Hats and other Handicraft Artwork using the Leaves of the Beach Strand Tree, Cocos nucifera”.


- Dr. Marisol Quintanilla, Ph.D., Research Entomologist-Nematologist, and Arnold Route, CREES, Saipan, and Lawerence Duponcheel, Extension Agent and 4H Program Coordinator, CREES Tinian. “Insect Management & Sustainable Agriculture, Eutrophication Concerns, and BioAccumulation Concerns”; “Sustainable Fisheries Management”; “An Observation of the Aquaculture of White Tilapia--a True breeding Variant of the Commonly Cultured Blue Tilapia, (Oreochromis aureus, a.k.a. Tilapia aurea)”; and “A Hands-on Demonstration on the Method of Air-Layering as a Method of Desirable Fruit Tree Propagation”.     


- Mr. Morito Asai. SCUBA Instructor. “A Hands-On Free Diving Orientation to Effective Breath-holding and other Snorkeling Methods for Deeper Water Reef Exploration and Spear Fishing”.


- Mr. Don Farrell, M.Sc., Historian (retired). “A Brief Discussion on the History and Significant Turning Points of Human Settlement and Cultures in the Mariana Islands”.


- Ms. Laurie Peterka, B.S.M., Owner-Business Consultant. Practical Solutions. President, Northern Marianas Volleyball Association & FIVB Certified Coach. “A Training Workshop on Competitive Beach Volleyball as a Non-Consumptive Recreational Use of Sandy Island Beach Resources”.


- Mr. Angelo Villagomez, M.Sc., Environmental Conservationist. Beautify CNMI Program and Friends of the Mariana Islands National Marine Monument. “A Discussion of the Pro’s and Con’s of Establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) as a Method to Support Government Efforts towards Achieving Sustainable Fisheries Management”.


November 24, 2009 (General Meeting) American Memorial Park Auditorium. Saipan.

- Mr. Michael Trianni, M.Sc., Natural Resources Management, Fisheries Program Supervisor & Michael Tenorio, Environmental Science, Fisheries Biologist, B.Sc.; CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife, “Evaluation of the Recovery of Surf Redfish (Actinopyga mauritiana) in Harvested Areas on Saipan”.


- Mr. Ronnie Rogers, B.A., Anthropology, M.A. Geography, CNMI Archeologist, CNMI Division of Historic Preservation, "Development of Underwater Archaeology Capabilities at HPO: Recent Accomplishments and Planned Projects".


- Mr. Valrick Welch, Project Manager, Aquaculture Science and Self-Reliance Project, San Vicente Elementary School; Rick Gramlich; TeMary Gramlich (Horticulture Science); Justin Benson; Erik Engelskjen; Theresa Camacho (Media/Computer Science); Alex Mercado; Liz Van Dell (Physical Science); Carleen Saures; Rufina Seman (Chemistry); Rhonda Camacho, and Marsha Arriola (Drawing Science); Dr. Manny Borja; Rose Adams; Lino Olopai; Rosa Warakai; Jose S. Roppul; Valerio Mality; John Peter Lisua (Native Medicine); Alan Davis; Fe Davis; Barbara Macduff; John Furey; Resne Wong; and Arthur Welch (Marine Science). 2008 Summer Science Camp Activities and School Site Mariculture Project.


- Mr. Herman C. Tudela, CNMI Division of Historic Preservation, “Traditional Resource Stewardship. [Note: Scheduled, but not yet presented. Talk title is kept as a record of earlier scheduling and planned future presentation.]


- Dr. Gary Denton, Ph.D., Environmental Toxicologist and Director, Water & Environment Research Institute, University of Guam; and John A. Starmer, Doctoral-candidate Graduate Student and Marine Biologist, CNMI Coastal Resources Management Office. "What’s in Your Storm Drain?"


- Mr. Don A. Farrell, B.A, Biology, with an Emphasis in Marine Biology. “A Discussion on the Influence of Island Natural History Elements on the Arrival of our Island’s First Indigenous Population, the Chamorros”. 


- Dr. Roger Goodwill, D.A., Marine Biologist and Chairman, Biological Sciences Department, Brigham Young University, Hawaii, “A Brief Update on Current Biology Projects in the CNMI”.


- Mr. Mike Tripp, Pharmacist, PADI Instructor, and President, Mike Tripp Productions. “Tinian Discovery Summer Camp, 2009”.



August 07, 2010. (Special Meeting) Multipurpose Center (Scheduled), Coastal Resources Management Office Conference Room (Actual). Saipan.

- Mr. Charles W. Potter, B.Sc. Zoology, B.Sc. Biology. Collection Manager, Marine Mammals. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Washington DC; and Dr. Kristi West, Ph.D., Biomedical Science. Ph.D., Marine Ecology. Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Marine Sciences and Biology, Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii. “Why Respond to Stranded Marine Mammals? (Why Bother?); Lessons Learned from 30 Years’ Necropsies/Skeletal Analyses re: Marine Mammal Strandings: Responder Contagion Prophylactic Recommendations and Monitoring for Epizootic Events; Current Cetacean Taxonomic Focuses; and General Suggestions re: How to form a Local Stranding Response Network”.   



December 08, 2010 (General Meeting-First Session) American Memorial Park Auditorium. Saipan.

 - Dr. Gary Denton, University of Guam Water and Environment Research Institute, “Mercury and Lead Contamination Case Studies in Saipan Lagoon: Good News, Bad News!


 - Mr. James Stanford, US Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, “Preliminary Report on Small Non-Volant Mammals Surveys, Pagan Island.”


 - Mr. Dave Bucher and Kagman High School Advanced Biology Organization, in cooperation with Dr. Robert L. Schlub, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Guam and Dr. Dilip Nandwani, Plant Pathologist/Agronomist, NMC CREES, “Studies on the Decline of the Tree Species Casuarina equisetifolia  in the Marianas Archipelago.


 - Ms. Judy Amesbury, Micronesian Archaeological Research Services, Inc., Guam, "Pelagic Fishing in the Mariana Archipelago: From the Prehistoric Period to the Present."


 - Ms. Andrea Bruner and Dr. Phil Bruner, Brigham Young University (BYUH), “Who's Your Daddy? Extra-pair Paternity in Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) and Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) at Woolley Lagoon, Nome, Alaska.”


 - Mr. Richard Seman, “A Report on Three Year’s Work Re: Conducting Summer Camps on Marine Fisheries and Resources at Marianas High School.”



December 09, 2010 (General Meeting-Second Session) American Memorial Park Auditorium. Saipan.

- Mr. Michael Trianni, Mr. Michael Tenorio, CNMI DFW Fisheries Program and Mr. Steven McKagan, NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office, “Evaluation of the Gill Net Fishery in the Saipan Lagoon”.


 - Ms. Amanda Hansen, Mr. Daniel Scott, Mr. Mark Cannon, Dr. Roger Goodwill, BYUH. 2010. “Trace metal contamination in the sea anemone, Edwardsianthus gilbertensis (Carlgren, 1931).”


 - Mr. Valrick Welch, San Vicente Elementary School, “A Short Report with Graphs of the Science and Math Improvements for San Vicente School as Well as the Specific Improvements from the Students Who Participated in the Summer Camp and the Highly Involved Students from the Young Farmers Club.”


 - Mr. James Stanford, USGS, “Focus on the Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis) Issue in the NMI (Causes for Concern, Recent Developments, Etc.).”


 - Dr. Roger Goodwill. Ms. Lael Prince. BYUH 2010. “Monsters without Backbones - the Strange Invertebrates Inhabiting the Saipan Reefs.”


 - Ms. Lael Prince, Ms. Mollika Graham, Mr. Michael Schsenbaugh, Dr. Dave Bybee, and Dr. Roger Goodwill, BYUH, “Reproductive Studies on a Sabellid Polychaete (Sabellidae: Fabriciinae) from the Kahuku Reef Flat, Oahu Hawaii, 2010.”


- Ms. Lauren Fielding, Dr. Oscar Johnson (Montana State University), Dr. Roger Gold, Dr. Roger Goodwill, Ms. Lael Prince, Ms. Patricia Johnson, Mr. Paul Brusseau, and Ms. Nancy Brusseau, BYUH. 2010. “New Insights of the Migration Patterns of Pacific Golden-Plovers.”



April 21, 2011 (Special Meeting). American Memorial Park Auditorium. Saipan.

- Dr. Jennifer McKinnon. - Faculty Instructor and Consulting Archeologist. Flinders University, South Australia, Australia. “Recent Underwater Archaeological Research and Discoveries in the CNMI.”



August 08, 2011 (Special Meeting). Saipan Hyatt Regency Sandcastle Room. Saipan.

- Mr. Steven Johnson and Mr. Steven McKagan. “Introduction and Training for ‘Coralwatch’ Coral Bleaching Monitoring Method, with Introductory Notes on Global Climate Change and Coral Biology.”



August 26, 2011 (Special Meeting). American Memorial Park Auditorium. Saipan.

- Dr. Kristi West, Ph.D., Biomedical Science. Ph.D., Marine Ecology. Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii, and Mr. David Schofield, M.Sc., Zoologist and Pacific Regional Marine Mammal Health and Response Program Manager, Office of Protected Resources, Pacific Islands Regional Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Honolulu, Hawaii. “Regional Findings from Cetacean Strandings and Response and Necropsy Efforts Undertaken over past few days for Two Stranded Whales, both tentatively identified as Cuvier’s Beaked Whales, Ziphius cavirostris.



November 22, 2011 (Special Meeting). American Memorial Park Auditorium, Saipan.

- Dr. James E. Quick, Ph.D. Geology. Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. “Saipan and our Mariana Archipelago’s Geo-Energy Resources: Current Review: 2011 Update”.



November 29, 2011 (General Meeting – First Session). American Memorial Park, Saipan.

- Dr. Roger Goodwill, Dr. Shane Gold, Mr. John Furey, and Mr. Andre Kozij. “Japan, the Pacific Golden-Plover Crossroads”.


- Dr. Judy Amesbury, Mr. Leonard Iriarte, Mr. Ray Topasna, Mr. John Ray Aguon, and Mr. Bobby Alvarez. "Traditional Fishing on Guam: Chamoru Chenchulu Fishermen". 28 minute movie.


- Mr. Michael Trianni. “Biological Characteristics of the Spotcheek Emperor, Lethrinus rubrioperculatus, in the Northern Mariana Islands”.


- Ms. Kalie Johnson, Dr. Roger Goodwill, and Dr. Dave Bybee. “The reproductive cycle of Lissocarcinus orbicularis observed on North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii with observations from Tahiti & Saipan”.


- Dr. Shahram Khosrowpanah, Dr. Leroy Heitz, and Mr. Mariano Iglecias. “Development of Junction Water Demands for the Saipan Water Distribution System Numerical Model”.



November 30, 2011 (General Meeting – Second Session). American Memorial Park. Saipan.

- Dr. Gary R.W. Denton, Michael S. Trianni, and Michael C. Tenorio. "PCB Status of Popular Table Fish from Northern and Central Sections of Saipan Lagoon."


- Ms. Bobbie Hanohano and Dr. Roger Goodwill. “Reproductive characteristics of the crab family Xanthidae observed on North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii with observations from Saipan”.


- Mr. John Raulerson and course students, Jill Ann Arada, Ann Jeline Manabat, Kimberly Edquiba, David Kim, Justin Cayading, Katrina Caragay,  Jonavelle Cuerdo, Marjorie Cuerdo, Braylan Floresca, Ivan Sanarez, Lean Teodoro, Lea Teodoro, Nino Feria, Jennycka Bery, Clariza Magat, Kathleen Ann Dantic, Ajette Manabat, and Kaiza Lucido. “Learning about Sciences and Mathematics through the Study of Aviation, a new Curriculum at Marianas High School”.


- Mr. Michael Trianni and Mr. Eric Breuer. An Introduction to the Presently Being Developed Mariana Islands Marine National Monument Science Plan”.


- Mr. Trey Dunn and Mr. John Gourley. “The CNMI Bio-sampling Program: An experiment in Federal, CNMI Government, and private sector cooperative fisheries research”.



March 01, 2012. (Special Meeting). American Memorial Park. Saipan.

- Mr. Josh DeMello. “Who is the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council? Working on Annual Catch Limits (ACL’s) in the Marianas Archipelago.”


- Mr. Andrew Torres. “Management of Annual Catch Limits (ACL’s); How We Got Here. The Western Pacific Annual Catch Limit Specification Process.”


- Mr. Marlowe Sabeter. “Science Behind the Annual Catch Limits (ACL’s). From Allowable Biological Catch (ABCs) to Annual Catch Limits (ACL’s). Improving the ACLs and Data Needs.”


April 17-19, 2012. (Special Activity), American Memorial Park, Saipan.

Mr. Andre Kozij, Mr. John Furey, and Northern Marianas College Environment and Natural Resources Organization (ENRO Club), Mr. Tom Pangelinan, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Mr. Lee Roy Sablan Jr., A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Mr. Robert Deleon Guerrero, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Ms. Christine Pamfilo, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Ms. Maryln Naputi, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Ms. Shirley Ann Taitano, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Ms. Aries Villagomez, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Mr. Anthony Deleon Guerrero, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Ms. Christina Tudela, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Mr. Edward S. Dela Cruz, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Mr. Albert Duenas, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Ms. Jolly Ann Cruz, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; Mr. Julius Reyes, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC; and Ms. Zeralyn Omar, A.S. Student, Natural Resources Management, NMC, in cooperation with DEQ, NPS, NMC, and NOAA. “Display of the Entire Bryde’s Whale (Balaenopterus edeni) Skeleton and ENRO Club Activities at Environmental Expo as part of CNMI celebration of Earth Day/Environmental Awareness Week.”


June 20, 2012. (Special Meeting). American Memorial Park. Saipan.

-  Dr. Erin Oleson, Marie Hill, Allan Ligon, Dr. Mark Deakos, Adam U, Erik Norris, Dr. Simone Baumann-Pickering, Dr. Ana Sirovic, and Dr. Lisa Munger.  “Acoustic and Visual Surveys for Cetaceans in the Northern Mariana Islands.”



 Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management.

Annual APASEEM Conference. American Memorial Park Auditorium.

Conference Day One, Tuesday, November 13, 2012



Presenter: Fielding, Ms. Lauren; Goodwill, Dr. Roger. D.A.

Title: New insight on Pacific Golden-Plover Migrations.”

Affiliation: BYUH Biological Sciences Department

Contact email:


In the summer of 2009 Pacific Golden-Plovers (Pluvialis fulva), were tagged and loggered in Nome, Alaska to provide insight on the yearly migratory routes, flight speeds, water contact, and wintering grounds. Using Geolocators, previous connections between Southern Alaska nesting grounds and Oahu, Hawaii wintering grounds had been observed in 2009 and 2010 Hawaii based study groups comprised of 12 Plovers each. The Nome, Alaska study group gave new insights on the Pacific flyways of this midsized shorebird, producing wintering grounds in Fiji, the Marshall Islands, and Christmas Island. Strong elliptical flight paths, which included connections to return flight stops in southeastern Japan, were additionally observed. A following study of Plovers in Samoa from 2010 to 2011 supported the strong elliptical pattern as well as this Japan stop over correlation. A 2010 to 2011 Saipan study observed migrations through East Asia on through Siberia and Western Alaska as well as one elliptical Pacific flight and more strong connections to Japan as a stopover area. A new connection to Frasier Island, Australia and Taiwan and additional elliptical flight was observed in a late recapture from the previous Nome, Alaska study group. More late Alaska recaptures are being analyzed and a new 2011 to 2012 study in Chukotka in Northeast Russia brings new insights to migratory pathways through the Philippines and East Asia.



Presenter(s): McKagan, Mr. Steve(a); Johnson, Mr. Steven(b).


a. NOAA/NMFS PIRO Habitat Conservation Division


Contact email(s):



Title: “Findings from the 2012 Saipan Reef Resiliency Study, A Comparison of Reef Health and The Variables That

               Impact Them”


In the spring of 2012 a group of local, federal and private researchers surveyed 35 fore reef and lagoon sites measuring 9 different parameters to establish the relative resiliency of Saipan's reefs to disturbance and more specifically to the risk of bleaching from climate change. In this talk we will look at study findings, revealing both the most and least resilient locations and explore the parameters driving those differences.

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Presenter: Kremer, Ms. Shelly R.

 Authors: Cruz, Justine B.; Kremer, Shelly R.; Berger, Gayle M.; Williams, Laura L.; and Camacho, Vicente A.

Affiliation(s): Micronesian Bird Conservation

Contact email:

Title: “Relative Abundance and Distribution of Mariana Swiftlets (Aves: Apodidae) in the Northern Mariana Islands”


The endangered Mariana Swiftlet (Aerodramus bartschi) occurs in its native habitat on only three islands worldwide–Guam, Saipan and Aguiguan.  It is locally extinct on the islands of Rota and Tinian and numbers have declined on Guam.  On Saipan and Aguiguan, the bird remains common.  We present previously unpublished data from reports lodged with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ Division of Fish and Wildlife combined with an analysis of arrival count data from surveys conducted regularly on Saipan (1985 – 2005) and opportunistically on Aguiguan (1985 – 2002).  Arrival counts did not permit island-wide population estimates but provided a direct count index useful for assessing population trends.  On Aguiguan, swiftlets occurred only in a small number of potentially available caves; the population was small, more densely concentrated than on other islands, and relatively stable.  On Saipan, swiftlet numbers declined for the first part of the monitoring period (1985-1992), then increased significantly (1998-2005), and now stand at their highest historic levels (> 5,000 birds).  Large between-year fluctuations, high variation in colony attendance patterns, and occasional abandonment and re-colonization of some caves marked the 21-yr monitoring period.  Of the potential constraints to the population, we found no correlation between typhoon frequency and population trends over the study period.  Pesticide use, habitat alteration by feral animals, human disturbance in the nesting caves, and predation remain areas of concern.  Conservation measures may have lessened some disturbance events and cockroach predation, while other measures, such as translocation, may improve the species’ chances of persistence.



Presenter(s) Schafer, Ms. Nicole.

Affiliation: CNMI Coastal Resources Management Office

Contact email:

Title: “Beyond the Blood”


Cold-blooded man-eater, a phrase the media loves to use when describing lions, bears, sharks, and any other predator. The media more often than not damages conservation efforts led by activists and scientists alike, but in Dunedin, New Zealand the media came to the rescue and promoted their largest predator, the great white shark. Learn what the media can do for you and hear the story of New Zealand's shark net removal.

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Presenter: Zarones, Ms. Lainie

Authors: Lainie Zarones, Adrienne Sussman, John Morton, Sheldon Plentovich, Sarah Faegre, Celestine Aguon, Arjun Amar and Renee Ha.


Contact email:

Title: "Population status, breeding biology and causes of decline of the critically endangered Mariana Crow or Aga

               on the island of Rota"


The Aga or Mariana Crow (Corvus kubaryi) is a critically endangered species found only on the island of Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. It was extirpated from the neighboring island of Guam by the introduced brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) and the Rota population has been in decline since at least 1987. We identified only 60 pairs present on the entire island in 2007, a decline of nearly 50% of pairs in 9 years. Losses have not been uniform across the island, with more pairs lost in areas with greater levels of human disturbance. We found and monitored 204 Aga nests during the 1996–2009 breeding seasons. Aga initiate clutches from August to April. The mean number of fledglings per pair per breeding season varied from 0.3 to 1.0. The overall rate of nest success was 26%.Predation appears to be the primary cause of nest failure. However, with a breeding season of up to nine months, combined with a proclivity to renest after failure, nest failure does not appear to be as important as juvenile and adult mortality in the population decline. Predation of juveniles and nests by introduced predators such as cats, combined with possible inbreeding depression, habitat disturbance and human persecution appear to be pushing the Aga to extinction.



Presenter: Morreti, Mr. Greg.

Affiliation: Pacific Marine Resources Institute

Contact email:

Title: Science “Communication: Bridging the gap between science and stakeholders”.

The results of scientific research often fail to reach decision-makers and other stakeholders in a useful and meaningful way, missing a valuable opportunity to use the results of research to advance the public's understanding of the state of our natural resources. Unfortunately, many scientists do not communicate effectively with non-scientific audiences, and when they do, these outreach efforts are likely to represent a minor part of their professional workload. Armed with the most up-to-date scientific insight we believe that management planning can best proceed, human perceptions can best adapt, and informed community decisions can best be made, especially when the decisions at hand may be controversial. Whether fishermen deciding where and how to fish or a lawmakers deciding how to vote on proposed legislation, all decision-makers have a need for, credible, science-based information in order to make good choices that will lead to tangible conservation results

Conference Day Two, Wednesday, November 14, 2012



Presenter(s): Denton, Dr. Gary R.W. Ph.D.(a); Namazi, Ms. Sara, B.A.(b).


a. Water and Environmental Research Institute, University of Guam

b. Health Center, University of Connecticut

Contact email(s):

Title: “Indoor Radon Levels and Lung Cancer Incidence on Guam: An Interesting Paradox Emerges”


Radon (Rn) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, noble gas and natural product of the uranium (238U) decay chain to stable lead (206Pb). The most stable radon isotope, 222Rn, is an α emitter with a half-life of 3.8 days. 222Rn accounts for most public ionizing radiation exposures and impacts indoor air quality world-wide. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 222Rn is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind tobacco smoking, and kills an estimated 21,000 people annually in the USA alone. Most global indoor 222Rn exposures are derived from the decay of 238U and 234Th in granitic bedrocks. While such rocks are absent from the basaltic clasts that exist in Guam and the CNMI, the overlying karstic limestone formations derived from ancient coral reefs are a significant source of this gas because of living corals’ marked propensity to accumulate 238U from seawater. In a recent multi-year survey conducted by the Guam EPA, indoor 222Rn levels on the island exceeded the US EPA air quality standard of 4 pCi/L in approximately 40% of all buildings tested, with the levels exceeding 300 pCi/L in some instances. Weighted average indoor 222Rn levels were generally much higher in villages from the northern half of the island where surface limestone formations predominate. The relationship between these data and that collected by Guam’s Division of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) for smoking prevalence and lung cancer incidence on Guam was examined and yielded unexpected results.

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Presenter: MacDuff, Mr. Sean.

Affiliation: CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife

Contact email:

Title: “A new way of measuring coral reef health at Laolao Bay, Saipan.”


Coral Reefs in Laolao Bay, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have deteriorated over the past several decades. However, the Bay still contains a highly diverse, culturally significant and economically important coral reef community. Corals, in response to stressors, will up-regulate various proteins (biomarkers). Heat-shock proteins and detoxification enzymes are examples of molecular biomarkers used to evaluate coral health. Local government agencies have begun to restore the Laolao Bay watershed in hopes of improving coastal water quality and associated coral reef health in the Bay. My research investigates the response of corals before and after the Laolao Bay restoration project. The results of this study will 1) provide resource managers with key information on the specific stressors affecting the coral reefs studied and 2) provide baseline information for future comparison and for tracking the effectiveness of mitigation measures. Knowing the causal effects of coral stress is an important element in the conservation and management of Laolao Bay for current and future generations.

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Presenter: Gubler, Ph.D., Dr. Daniel.

Affiliation: BYUH

Email contact: via Goodwill, Roger (above)

Title: “Total Synthesis of Farylhydrazones A and B – Unique Natural Products Isolated from Chinese

                  Caterpillar Fungus”


Herein is presented the concise total synthesis of farylhydrazones A and B, naturally occurring phenylhydrazones recently isolated from cultures of the Cordyceps-colonizing fungus Isaria farinose (Chinese Caterpillar Fungus), completed in six and five steps respectively starting from 2-nitrobenzoic acid. The synthesis is completely scalable, and highly convergent – making it adaptable for the preparation of analogues. Chinese Caterpillar Fungus has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine due to its remarkable curative effects for a wide range of ailments. With large amounts of farylhydrazones A and B currently in hand, investigation into the biological activity of these promising natural products is currently in progress.

Note: BYUH Professor



Presenter: Kinghorn, Mr. Michael J.

Affiliation: Brigham Young University, Hawaii

Contact email: via Goodwill, Roger (above)

Title:  “GC-MS Analysis of Traditional Medicines”


Ciguatoxins are some of the most deadly toxins created by marine organisms. Over 100,000 cases of severe symptoms from ingestion of toxic fish occur annually. These symptoms can range from gastrointestinal distress to severe neurological symptoms and last anywhere from several days to over a year in extreme cases.  There are very few medications that have shown activity against these toxins. However, several traditional remedies have been analyzed and some have been found to have good activity against these toxins as well as other marine toxins. Rosmarinic acid and its derivatives have also shown especially good antitoxic activity. This presentation includes the Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry analysis of the small organic molecules found in four traditional Tahitian medicines: Naupaka (Scaevola traccada), Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum), U’U’ (Suriana maritime) and Geo Geo (Heliotropium foertherianum). These samples were also analyzed to determine whether they contain rosmarinic acid and any derivatives thereof.

Note: BYUH Student



Presenter, Martin, Mr. Clayton, Jr.

Affilation: BYUH

Contact email: via Goodwill, Roger (above)

Title: “Elucidation of Lichen Volatile Organic Compounds and Analysis of the Environmental Interactions        They Mediate”


Lichens make up a significant portion of the world’s biomass and are a very successful symbiotic organism. Their symbiosis confers on them a novel and complex biochemistry. There has been little study into how their volatile organic compounds (VOC) mediate interactions between them and their environment. VOC’s from multiple lichens were determined by GCMS analysis. These compounds were confirmed by the extraction and analysis of essential oils. The results of this research challenge the misconception that lichens have only survived by filling a niche that no other organism can survive in. It shows the possibility that lichens succeed by mimicking pheromones to misdirect predators, and making antimicrobial compounds to outcompete other organisms.

Note: BYUH Student.



Presenter: Kozij, Mr. Andre.


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Title: “Scarlet-fruited Gourd, Coccinia grandis (L) – Amazing Invasive Plant”


In recent years, Scarlet-fruited Gourd has invaded our wooded areas and adversely affected local vegetation. Presentation gives a brief description of its biogeography, explains why this plant is so successful and difficult to eradicate, while emphasizing the positive aspects of the plant, such as additional food for our bird populations and potential medical properties.

The conclusion is that the plant need not be eradicated, but with modest involvement of the community can be controlled and brought to the manageable level.

Note: N/A.

Conference Day Three, Thursday, November 15, 2012



Presenter(s): Dunn, Mr. Trey.

Affiliation(s): CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section

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Title: “Exploring Fish Use of Managaha Marine Conservation Area”


Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are an important tool in marine conservation.  MPAs are established for a variety of reasons. They are often used to protect fish, corals, algae, birds, turtles and other marine life. They can be used to protect cultural areas or other important areas. Often when established it is assumed that the MPA will equally protect all things that are found within them. For stationary organisms like corals this may be true but this is not always the case. Fish are motile and are not restricted to arbitrary political or regulatory boundaries. To access the protection an MPA provides to certain types of fishes, fish movements and habitat use must be studied. Ideally this would be studied before the establishment of the MPA, but often MPAs are designated by managers and politicians and not scientists. Accessing the use of important fishes within and near an MPA allows scientists to make recommendations about how to improve existing MPAs to better serve fishes. DFW is beginning a project investigating fish use within and near Managaha Marine Conservation Area (MMCA). DFW will tag several specimens of one of the most common fish in the lagoon the thumbprint emperor Lethrinus harak and set up a monitoring grid to follow fish movements. The study will give a picture of how L. harak uses MMCA and be a starting point for similar studies on different fish. 



Presenter(s): De Torres, Ph. D. (MSU), Dr. Alfredo B.

Affiliation: Dept of Sciences, Mathematics, Health, & Athletics, Northern Marianas College

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Title: "Conceptual Strategies for Aquaculture Development in the CNMI.”



The technology-induced supply increasing fisheries output through aquaculture production has been considered as the fastest growing sector in food production, from about 10 to 50 percent for the last three decades (FAO/UN, 2009). This recent pronouncement of the Food and Agriculture Organization has been received by some with skeptical observations. However, many countries, including the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), have joined this production bandwagon effort to enable the aquaculture sector to grow for their own food security, livelihood and economic development. The CNMI realizing its potential has passed two important and enabling documents for the aquaculture sector, namely: the P.A.15-43, the Aquaculture Development Act & the Five-Year Aquaculture Development Plan, 2011-2015.


This paper reviews the implementation of the above two and related documents, and explores some conceptual issues that will guide the expansion of a viable aquaculture sector in the CNMI. It will attempt to identify some inherent constraints, development approaches and basic strategy components for the aquaculture development program and recommend measures and/or propositions for addressing them. The paper found that some key development strategies mentioned in the documents have already been implemented in the aquaculture sector, to some extent. While so, however, much remains to be done to hasten and replicate the successful implementation of a sustainable model for aquaculture development. In general, they will be better pursued if the enabling documents are fully implemented and scaled up. Additionally, as an infant industry, adequate protection and funding must be provided to allow the establishment and operations of the different aquaculture institutions, programs, projects and activities. Streamlining of the different government, as well as the role of educational institution, and the private industry sector, including the federal, regional institutions and mechanisms involved in aquaculture should be pursued to effect a more coordinated operations. Furthermore, an increased support for the required manpower and the attendant training and extension is needed. In particular, the strengthening of the academics or instruction, research and development (R&D) and extension or outreach program including the needed manpower and training programs for a more organized and effective producers, as well as other related stakeholders’ improvement must be given top priority.

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Presenter: Crane, Mr. Matthew.

Affiliation: Dept of Sciences, Mathematics, Health, & Athletics, Northern Marianas College

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Title: "Plight of the Sharks"

Come along on a journey that follows the unfortunate, difficult, and sometimes dangerous path of sharks around the world. How their oceanic colleagues are afforded extra rights and protection, while they are left to struggle through an existence of vital importance to nature and humans. Along this path some much needed help is trying to be offered, but it is unsure how to best help. Find out just how big a loss the decline or extinction of sharks will be to the environment and humans. This will be a journey into the role sharks play, the research methods that can close the knowledge gaps, the benefits a healthy shark population offer, and what can be done to help.

Note: N/A



Presenter(s): Trianni, Mr. Michael.

Affiliation: NOAA/NMFS Pacific Fisheries Science Center

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Title: "Comparison of life history parameters for the Thumbprint Emperor Lethrinus harak (Forsskål 1775) from

               different jurisdictions, and the use of differing life history parameters in a yield-per-recruit model"

Life history parameters for the thumbprint emperor estimated from Indo-Pacific jurisdictions are compared to estimates derived from Saipan Lagoon. Additionally, differing life history parameters from the jurisdictions are used in a yield-per-recruit model, to assess the impact of those parameters on fishery reference points. Life history parameters were most consistent between Guam and Saipan. Fishery reference points were found to be sensitive to parameter input.

Note: N/A.



Presenter(s): Gourley, Mr. John.

Affiliation: Micronesian Environmental Services

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Title: "Characterization of the Saipan Commercial Spear Fish Industry"


Presenting findings from a large fisheries study conducted this past year.



Presenters: Furey, Mr. John; Schofield, Mr. David; West, Ph.D., Dr. Kristie and all others involved with recent

               Three recent whale strandings (Tinian/Saipan), responses, and necropsy results on one.

Affiliation(s): Several

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Title: “Recently Stranded Whales (one baleen, two beaked) on beaches and reefs of the CNMI-inhabited islands of Saipan and Tinian”


               This presentation will cover stranding responses for a single stranding of an adult Bryde’s whale on Tinian in 2005 and a dual stranding of two Cuvier’s Beaked Whales on Saipan in 2011. J. Furey agrees to present the PPT on behalf of all the community and agency responders involved.


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