Program Leaders

Nicole Crane MSc, MAR

Nicole Crane MSc, MAR

Marine Biologist and Program Leader

Nicole Crane is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California; she is also a Senior Conservation Scientist at the Oceanic Society.

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John Rulmal Jr.

John Rulmal Jr.

John Rulmal Jr.

John Rulmal Jr. lives on Falalop, Ulithi. He is the local project manager, as well as for other projects related to conservation and education for the people of Ulithi.

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Science Team

Dr. Giacomo Bernardi

Dr. Giacomo Bernardi

Fish Biologist, Ecological Connectivity

Giacomo Bernardi is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Dr. Michelle Paddack

Dr. Michelle Paddack

Fish Biologist, Food webs, & Herbivores

Michelle Paddack is an Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, CA; she is also a Senior Conservation Scientist at the Oceanic Society.

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Dr. Peter Nelson

Dr. Peter Nelson

Fish Biologist & Fisheries Management

Peter Nelson is a fisheries biologist.

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Local Science Team

Mario Dohmai

Mario Dohmai

Local Scientist & Data Collection (Mog Mog)
Alex Sau

Alex Sau

Local Scientist & Data Collection (Falalop)
Basco Marle

Basco Marle

Local Scientist & Data Collection (Asor)
Albert "Data King"

Albert "Data King"

King of Data (Falalop)
Mylow Tasopolu

Mylow Tasopolu

Youth Representative, Falalop, Ulithi
Rancy Taigumal

Rancy Taigumal

Youth Representative, Mog Mog, Ulithi

Affiliated Scientists

Kristin Precoda

Kristin Precoda

Statistician

Kristin is the director of the Star Laboratory (Speech Technology & Research Laboratory).

Dr. Steve Moore

Dr. Steve Moore

Technologist & ROV’s

Steve Moore is a Professor in the Division of Science & Environmental Policy (SEP) at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). He combines electronics and biology to probe the depths of coral reefs using ROVs.

Steve Moore directs the Ecosystem Electronics Lab (EEL), which, among others, features the Ulithi ROV Project.

Sara Cannon

Sara Cannon

Graduate Student

Sara Cannon is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

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Donna Miller

Donna Miller

Big Data Analytics & Insights

Donna designs algorithms and discovers patterns in Big Data. She is an avid scuba diver and photographer. She has been working with One People One Reef since September 2016 helping analyze our growing fisheries database from the outer islands

Dr. Avigdor Abelson

Dr. Avigdor Abelson

Coral Reef Ecologist & Reef Restoration

Avigdor Abelson is a Professor of Marine Biology in the Department of Zoology at Tel-Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Dr. Eva Salas

Dr. Eva Salas

Coral Reef Ecologist

Eva is a coral reef ecologist. She led the 2017 Youth Project, and was part of the 2017 Outer Islands Expedition science team. She also teaches the Genetics of Micronesian Marine Organisms Research Class at Cabrillo, where students contribute to One People One Reef research projects. She completed her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCSC and is currently working as an adjunct instructor at Cabrillo College.

May Roberts

May Roberts

PhD student

May is a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz researching the ability of coral reef fishes to adapt to climate change. She first joined One People One Reef in 2017 for the Outer Islands Expedition as a part of the science team. She quickly fell in love with the people, traditions, and culture of the Outer Islands as well as the important and meaningful work that OPOR does. She is now the acting instructor for the summer 2018 Ulithi Youth Program in which students from the Ulithi Atoll and from California work together to conduct scientific marine research, learn about each others cultures, and foster the link between science and tradition.

Gwen Barry

Gwen Barry

Environmental Science Student

I am finishing my bachelor’s degree at San Jose State University in environmental science with a concentration in biology. In Fall 2019, I will be starting the environmental science M.S. program at SJSU, where I will be focusing on marine ecology. I first started doing some behind the scenes work for One People One Reef in 2015. I worked with coral reef ecologist, Eva Salas, doing DNA analyses of fish and coral species collected from the outer islands. I am currently working on analyzing outer island community interview data using a grounded theory approach. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to the outer islands with the One People One Reef science team over the summer of 2016. I presented some of the amazing work being done by OPOR at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawaii after the 2016 trip to the outer islands, highlighting the importance of bridging the gap between traditional knowledge and science. I feel extremely honored to be a part of this project.

Support Team & Affiliates

Birgit Winning

Birgit Winning

President, Bluecology

Birgit Winning is president and executive director of Bluecology. Bluecology works closely with One People One Reef to run the Youth Project.

Previously, she served as President of The Oceanic Society for 24 years, and she also has worked in management at Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

During her tenure at the Society, she established and mobilized several international research stations and base camps at the invitation of local communities. She has served on several national and international committees and councils working to protect marine areas, and she has produced best practices guidelines on behalf of governmental agencies. She also has authored and co-authored popular and technical articles on marine life and threatened habitats.

Kelsey Doyle

Kelsey Doyle

Video Journalist

Kelsey Doyle is a documentary filmmaker from the stunning redwood mountains of Santa Cruz, California. Her work focuses on pertinent environmental and social issues around the world. Though her passion takes her abroad, she is deeply rooted in her community and honored to be on the board of the Santa Cruz Film Festival where she oversees filmmaking relations, production, programming, and content development. She has produced pieces for platforms such as PBS Newshour, NYC Life, NYMagazine, and is currently working on documentary projects in Morocco, Sumatra, and Micronesia. She holds a B.A. in Film and Digital Media from UCSC and is completing her Master’s in Documentary Journalism from NYU. and in her spare time she is an adjunct faculty for Law & Media Ethics.

Emma Lassiter

Emma Lassiter

Fundraising and Editorial support

Emma was a participant in the 2017 Youth Project. She has since been assisting One People One Reef with fundraising and writing, and is the TA for the Genetics of Micronesian Marine Organisms class at Cabrillo.

Renee Buchanan

Renee Buchanan

Project Manager