Project Leaders

Nicole Crane MSc, MAR

Nicole Crane MSc, MAR

Marine Biologist and Project 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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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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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)

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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Support Team

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.

Renee Buchanan

Renee Buchanan

Project Coordinator

Renee handles administrative support and web/graphic design for the team.