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Sea Talk

The Coral Reef Alliance Presents: Effects of Sedimentation on Maui's Corals

Learn about the impact of sedimentation on coral reefs and the ways to mitigate our effects in this month’s Sea Talk featuring Larissa Treese and Jennifer Vander Veur of the Coral Reef Alliance.

About the Speakers:
 
Larissa Treese, Program Coordinator
Larissa has nearly 20 years of animal husbandry and conservation experience. Larissa previously worked with Whale Trust as their Communications and Outreach Coordinator, expanding their outreach programs, managing the Whale Tales education program, and supporting the team of volunteers. She also worked at Maui Ocean Center for more than 12 years in aquarist and education roles, with the last 7 years as Head Aquarist. During her tenure, Larissa helped lead Maui Ocean Center’s coral mitigation pilot project in partnership with the State of Hawaiʻi, facilitated the annual green sea turtle release, created outreach and tour programs, and designed exhibits through the aquarium. Larissa was born on Kauai and has called Maui home for over 14 years after moving from Southern California. She appreciates the culture, diversity, and aloha spirit the island of Maui offers to those who live and visit here.

Maui Ocean Center Shallow Reef

Jennifer Vander Veur, Program Manager
Jennifer has enjoyed a passion for nature and the ocean her entire life. Jennifer followed her dream and attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, receiving two Bachelor’s degrees in Marine Science and Conservation Biology. Upon graduation, she gained a position with the state of Hawaiʻi to establish the Aquatic Invasive Species Program on the island of Hawaiʻi. Jennifer later completed a Master’s of Science in Marine Biology from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. For the past 10 years, she worked for the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) managing the marine resources around the island of Kahoʻolawe. Her work included fisheries management, protected species management, integrating traditional cultural resource management with modern scientific methods and community engagement. She believes that encouraging others to participate in ocean conservation is what will change the tide in restoring our world, and believes in practicing a holistic approach to conservation to ensure the future of communities and marine ecosystems.

When: Wednesday, March 18th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: MOC Sphere
Limited seating, RSVP HERE in advance.

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