I am one of two laboratory/field technicians for the project. I coordinate sampling trips with PIs, staff, and students, and make sure the samples get safely back to the lab for analysis. In the lab, I help C-MAIKI members get the data that they need while generating DNA sequence libraries for fungi and bacteria.
As full-time C-MAIKI research support staff, the majority of my work involves drawing upon the broad expertise of the C-MAIKI team members. I receive directions and recommendations from PIs and then implement those directions as standardized field and laboratory protocols. My day to day work provides an excellent opportunity to learn from the project PIs and students while helping them to achieve their ambitious research goals.
IMPACT TO HAWAII
I think the people of Hawaii are very aware of their landscape. It seems right to me that Hawaii should be a leader, both in conducting ecological research and in providing a cultural context for that research. Understanding and communicating the impacts of microorganisms in ecosystems can be incredibly difficult. However, I hope that my work with C-MAIKI will continue a tradition of inquiry and awareness that is a central part of Hawaiian culture.