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Become Hawaiʻi’s next conservation leader


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Discover the many pathways, opportunities, and resources for students and emerging professionals to have a successful career in conservation at an upcoming Math + Science + X Seminar.

Tara Meggett, Next Generation Program Coordinator at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation, presents the online event, “Empowering Hawaiʻi’s Youth to Become the Next Conservation Leaders,” 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 7, via Zoom. Click here to register; Zoom meeting ID: 913 8270 6552.

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance is a partnership organization of conservation leaders representing government, cultural, educational, non-profit organizations across the state of Hawaiʻi who work together to provide unified leadership, and collaborative action to conserve and restore native ecosystems and the unique biodiversity of our islands. An important piece of this work is empowering Hawaiʻi’s youth — the next generation — to become the next conservation leaders, which seminar participants will learn more about from Meggett.

Tara Meggett
Tara Meggett

According to the organization’s website, Meggett joined the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation as the Next Generation Program Coordinator in May of 2017, coordinating and implementing next-generation initiatives to guide students and recent graduates into the conservation career field.

She grew up on Long Island, New York, and graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Vertebrate Biology. As a young girl, she was always fascinated with the ocean and dreamed of becoming a marine biologist and moving to Hawaiʻi to reconnect with her Hawaiian ancestry.

Math + Science + X seminars help to promote fascinating and current STEM topics. UH West Oʻahu faculty members Dr. Olivia George and Dr. Veny Liu received SEED IDEAS funding through UH Mānoa to invite and select presenters to introduce UH West Oʻahu undergraduates to a variety of STEM research and career opportunities that incorporate transdisciplinary knowledge through the Math + Science + X seminars, as well as to enhance the UH West O’ahu faculty transdisciplinary knowledge and incorporate it into the Natural Science curricula by hosting a two-day workshop for faculty in May.

The speakers for the seminars: Kehaulani Kupihea (April 9), Dr. Rosalyn La Pier (April 16), Lorena Wada (April 23), Dr. Ranjan Rohatgi (April 30), and Tara Meggett (May 7); and speakers for the two-day faculty workshop are Drs. Todd Campbell and Ohkee Lee (May 18), and Dr. Pratim Sengupta (May 19).

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