2017 Youth Action Plan Project

In 2017 we will be working with Bluecology  to  bring a dynamic team of students, educators, and adventurers with us to Ulithi. We will be working together to assist community leaders, local students and the One People One Reef team  with the development of an action plan for youth leadership.

The Youth Action Plan project was created in response to community’s view that  an education focus  on sustainable ocean management  should include their youth.  In partnership  with Bluecology,  the Youth Action Plan Project was developed in 2015 and  the first youth team arrived shortly after Typhoon Maysak hit the Ulithi Atoll.    Focus that summer included  typhoon recovery activities and reef surveys.   Even with the added recovery activities, the group worked  together to with community leaders, local students and the OPOR science team to assist with the initial stage of an action plan for youth leadership.

The Youth Action Plan project  will be sponsored annually and  will include topics of concern and interest  particular to young people in Ulithi as well as globally.

2016 Youth Action Plan Project

Hi everyone! My name is Savannah. I live in Santa Cruz, California and I go to Mount Madonna School with my three younger sisters. I am rescue diver certified and also lifeguard certified. I also do judo and when I am older I want to be a marine biologist. I am very excited to be going to Ulithi so I lean more about the coral reefs and how to conserve them. I also hope to broaden my perspectives on the world by learning about the different culture. I can’t wait to meet you all!

My name is Emily Barney, and I just finished up my time at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. I will be transferring in the fall to Santa Clara University and will also be moving to the big city – San Francisco! However, before all the changes to come, I am beyond excited about the chance to go to Ulithi with this incredible, and diverse team of scientists and students. I have fallen in love with Ecology and conservation after having taken Nicole Crane’s class, and this experience will only solidify my interest in the field (hopefully). Not to mention having the opportunity to experience such a different culture than my own, and help improve the lives of all these wonderful people. The countdown is on!! And I cannot wait to meet everyone, and make some memories that will be sure to last a lifetime!

Hey guys, I’m Richard! Looking forward to meeting you all. I’m from Yorba Linda in the OC, AKA land locked and extremely boring. Currently I’m finishing up finals at Santa Barbara City College and I’m transferring to University of Hawaii at Manoa next fall. I’m interested in conservation of reefs, and hope to accomplish that through sustainable aqua culture. I’ve been diving for 3 years now, and I’m super excited to go to Ulithi to meet new people and add another notch to my dive experiences!

My name is Gwen . I am from Santa Cruz, California and I’m a student at Cabrillo College. Currently, I am working towards achieving my dream of being a marine biologist. I feel so grateful to be part of this amazing opportunity to make a difference in ocean conservation. I have been inspired for years by the work that is being done on the outer islands of Micronesia. I look forward to connecting with the people there and working together to create a sustainable future.

I’m Karina and I am a marine biology student at Cabrillo College and a volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I am extremely excited to get the chance to get some hands on research experience and learn more about conservation as well as be immersed in a beautiful new culture and meet you all and work alongside you guys!

2015 Youth Action Plan Project

We are thrilled to be partnering with Bluecology to bring a dynamic team of students, educators, and adventurers with us to Ulithi in 2015. We will be working together to assist community leaders, local students and the One People One Reef science team with the development of an action plan for youth leadership.

Take a few moments to meet the 2015 Outreach Team members here:

Lucas Batties

Lucas Batties

I am 17 years old, live in Palo Alto, and I am half Swiss half African American. Nature has always been my passion, I love scuba diving, hiking, outdoor adventures, skiing, and my favorite subject is Biology. I plan to focus my studies in the Bio field. I am excited to go on this trip and to take part in a real research project. Last year I attended Nicole Crane‘s talk about past trips and ever since I have wanted to participate. I am very lucky to be able to go on this trip, and I am super excited. This will be an amazing experience and I can’t wait.

Deena Brabant

Deena Brabant

Hey, good to meet you! My name is Deena Brabant and I am beyond excited to be participating in this research with OPOR. As a student of fisheries and wildlife science, it is my dream to work towards long-term ecological solutions that benefit both people and wildlife. The skills I am working towards are those that will enable me to obtain and analyze data in order to implement conservation programs in biologically diverse and sensitive ecosystems whose futures are interwoven with their local human communities. Where human success is synonymous with ecological success, I will know my goals have been achieved!

I also really like painting, biking, adventures, and snacks. Cheers!

Cole Charlton

Cole Charlton

I was born in San Francisco, California and was raised in cold waters of Northern California. The ocean is my passion and my escape. I am an avid surfer and diver and a certified saltwater addict. I am currently a marine biology student at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz and a student of Nicole Crane. I am very excited about the opportunity we have to make a difference in Ulithi and so grateful to be a part of this amazing opportunity.

Kelsey Doyle

Kelsey Doyle

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

Shanthi Russell

Shanthi Russell

Hello, there! I am a dog-loving, beach-going, pie-eating, forest-hiking, piano-playing girl from Davis, California. The environment, both terrestrial and marine, has always dazzled me. Living in Santa Cruz really established my love for the ocean and its systems. Although the way that most humans treat the oceans makes me disheartened, I find my inspiration and passion through the strength of others, like the Ulithians. I am honored to have the opportunity to learn about their tight-knit society, their traditions, and to understand how to coexist with the other 71% of our planet.

Rick Saber

Rick Saber

I’m a former Navy pilot and retired airline Captain, former Chair of the N. CA Explorers Club Chapter and former Commander in the USCG-Aux with focus on Marine Safety or incident command operation. An avid explorer, I have been an expedition leader in the Himalayas and done advanced diving worldwide. Ocean conservation is my passion. I look forward to sharing a lifetime of leadership experience with fellow Team Members, assisting in documenting reef inhabitants, data collection and other
assigned tasks. I’m a team player with a strong sense of humor. I to learn much from both the young Team scientists on our Expedition and from the Ulithi people with whom we work as we look into the challenges they face.

Samantha Stone

Samantha Stone

I grew up among the redwoods of the northern San Francisco Bay, and moved to Santa Cruz in 2012 to study marine ecology in Cabrillo College classrooms and in Monterey Bay‘s sublime kelp forests. Here, my love for visual art and music ripened and cultivated strong community. Profoundly inspired by my peers and college experience, I plan to transfer to UC Santa Cruz next year to develop my skills in community empowerment through sustainable practices to help preserve nature’s processes that work like miracles all around us.