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Chief Research Coordinator
B.A Marine Science - University of Hawai'i, Hilo
Maria graduated from University of Hawaii in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marine Science. Maria’s love for the ocean, education, and research has taken her all over the Pacific in recent years. Notably after graduation, Maria worked in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico. During her travels, she has worked as a Captain, naturalist, assistant researcher, and currently – a marine animal disentanglement specialist. Her work and studies have encompassed a variety of species, including spinner dolphins, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, leatherback turtles, and whale sharks. No matter where she is located, Maria always calls Kona her home. Brainchild, Hawai‘i Uncharted Research Collective, provides an avenue to couple her research and education background with her love for Kona, the Hawaiian Islands, ocean conservation, and the charismatic megafauna that inhabit the deep blue waters of the Pacific.
“Whale sharks are an endangered species. So if they are in our waters, we need to understand how to protect them and how to preserve them.”
West Hawaii Today, July 6, 2018, "Budding nonprofit looks to document whale sharks in Hawaii"