Faculty Projects and Publications

Malia Rivera

Associate Specialist
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Professional Interests

Selected Publications

Rivera M, B E Lawton, C Chryssostomidis, 2011. Reef Missions: Engaging students in science and the marine environment using an autonomous underwater vehicle; a pilot telepresence education program with preliminary program evaluation results. In Proceedings of the OCEANS 2011 Marine Technology Society/Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Conference, Kona 2011.

Rivera M, K Andrews, D Kobayashi, J Wren, C Kelley, G K Roderick & R J Toonen, 2011. Genetic analyses and simulations of larval dispersal reveal distinct populations and directional connectivity across the range of the Hawaiian grouper (Epinephelus quernus). Journal of Marine Biology, vol. 2011, Article ID 765353, 11 pages. doi:10.1155/2011/765353.

Wiener C S, M Rivera, R J Toonen, J C Leong, R K Kosaki, S A Karl, K Keller & H Johnson, 2011. Creating effective partnerships in ecosystem based management: A culture of science and management. Journal of Marine Biology, vol. 2011, Article ID 241610, 8 pages. doi:10.1155/2011/241610.

Wiener C S & M Rivera, 2010. Journeying through the Hawaiian Archipelago: Using marine science and place-based learning at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. Current: The Journal of Marine Education 26: 30-34.

Rivera M & R G Gillespie, 2010. New species of endemic kleptoparasitic spiders of the Genus Argyrodes (Araneae: Theridiidae) in the Hawaiian Islands. Pacific Science 64: 221-231.

Gillespie R G & M Rivera, 2007. Free-living spiders of the genus Ariamnes (Araneae, Theridiidae) in Hawai‘i. Journal of Arachnology 35: 11-37.

Rivera M, C Kelley & G K Roderick, 2004. Subtle population genetic structure in the Hawaiian Grouper, Epinephelus quernus as revealed by mitochondrial DNA analyses. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 81: 449-468.

Rivera M, G C Graham & G K Roderick, 2003. Isolation and characterization of nine nuclear microsatellites from the Hawaiian Grouper, Epinephelus quernus. Marine Biotechnology 5(2): 126-129.

Rivera M, G K Roderick, S Taiti & F Howarth, 2002. Evolution in Hawaiian cave adapted isopods: Vicariant speciation or adaptive shifts? Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 25: 1-9.

Gillespie R G, M Rivera & J Garb, 1998. Taxonomy and Phylogeography of Hawaiian Araneae. In Proceedings of the 17th European Colloquium of Arachnology, Edinburgh 1997. (ed.) P.A. Selden. British Arachnological Society: Burnham Beeches, Bucks. pp 41-50.

Curriculum Projects

HIMB High School Marine Science Inquiry Labs — Three-day laboratory modules for grades 9-12 based on active UH research and taught at the HIMB Marine Science Research Learning Center.

NOAA Sea, Earth, Atmosphere Education Resources: Lessons from the SEA — A marine science curriculum for grades 3-5 developed with partners for the Hawai‘i Department of Education and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Reef Missions: Exploring Remote Underwater Habitats with Autonomous Vehicles — High school science inquiry modules that accompany the capabilities of an AUV designed by MIT Engineers for marine exploration and science education.

Selected Grants and Projects

Principal Investigator, Harold K. L. Castle Foundation, $391,418, 2009-2010.

Principal Investigator, Emmett R. Quady Foundation, $15,000, 2008-2010.

Co-PI, NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training, $99,998, 2008-2009.

Co-PI, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, $85,000; Ameron Hawai‘i, $75,000; Minami Foundation, $20,000; Hawai‘i Community Foundation, $15,000; and others, 2008-2012

Principal Investigator, NOAA Office of Education/National Marine Sanctuaries Program, $115,000, 2007-2010.

Principal Investigator, NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program, $75,000, 2007-2010.

Principal Investigator, NOAA Office of Education/National Marine Sanctuaries Program, $619,940, 2006-2010.

Principal Investigator, NOAA Office of Education/National Marine Sanctuaries Program Pacific Region, $99,982, 2006-2009.

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