Education & Outreach Team

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Barbara C. Bruno

Education Director

  • Barbara is on the oceanography faculty of the University of Hawai‘i’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). Since 2006, she has served as C-MORE’s Director of Education. In this role, she has led the development and implementation of a number of initiatives including community outreach, K-12 curriculum enhancements, K-12 teacher professional development, an undergraduate research program and the C-MORE Professional Development Training Program for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. In her free time, Barbara enjoys camping and hiking and is on the trail maintenance crew for the Hawai‘i Trail and Mountain Club.
  • (808) 956-0901
  • barb@hawaii.edu
  • Oceanography Department Faculty Page
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Jessica Ayau

Graduate Assistant

  • Jessica is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education Curriculum Studies in Science. She completed her undergraduate studies at UH Mānoa in Secondary Education in social studies and a Marine Options Program certificate with a focus in identifying and mapping coral reefs using hyperspectral remote sensing. Jessica aspires to develop curriculum that tie together science, social studies, and Hawaiian culture. Her goals include teaching at a school in Hawaii and providing guidance for students of Hawaiian ancestry and other minority groups on their journey toward higher education.
  • (808) 956-7424
  • jfayau@hawaii.edu
  • sites.google.com/site/cmoreayau/
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Jim Foley

Marine Science Educator

  • Jim comes to C-MORE with extensive offshore research experience in the North Atlantic, Caribbean, and Central Pacific as a Senior Scientist with Sea Education Association (SEA) of Woods Hole, MA. In that role, he helped undergraduates and high schools students get hands-on experience in biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanographic sampling. Jim cultivated a passion for education that was reinforced as a National Science Foundation GK-12 fellow developing inquiry based lessons for middle schools teachers and students during his first year of graduate school. Jim’s passion for hands-on educational experiences has taken him to Africa, Europe, Central America, and several island nations. Jim hopes to draw on these experiences by developing and implementing education and outreach initiatives based on C-MORE research.
  • (808) 956-7739
  • foleyj@hawaii.edu
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Michele Guannel

Marine Science Educator

  • Michele joins C-MORE with a research background in microbial oceanography and strong involvement in teaching and community service. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on macroalgae at Smith College and enjoyed her first seagoing experience with Sea Education Association (SEA). She received her M.S. and PhD degrees in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington (UW), where she studied the biogeography of the toxigenic diatom, Pseudo-nitzschia, and its interactions with bacteria. In addition to her academic studies in marine science, she has held a variety of positions in teaching and science, including running afterschool programs for teens as an AmeriCorps member, working as an analytical chemist, and teaching labs in Oceanography and Marine Biology at UW. She is now excited to draw from all of these experiences in order to support the professional development of C-MORE members and to pursue C-MORE’s mission of creating a more inclusive scientific community. Outside of studying and teaching about the sea, she enjoys playing in the sea with her family.
  • (808) 956-3715
  • mguannel@hawaii.edu
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Surely Wallace

Undergraduate Assistant

  • Surely Wallace is a senior who is double majoring in Microbiology and English. Her interests include reading, writing and spending time with family. She is particularly interested in the role gut microbes play in maintaining digestive health.
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Johanna Wren

Graduate Student

  • Johanna is pursuing her PhD in Oceanography. Utilizing biophysical computer modeling and marine assays of macro plankton composition around the main Hawaiian Islands, she is exploring the linkages between larval dispersal and biophysical drivers behind population connectivity patterns in the Hawaiian Islands. The aim of her research is to help make informed management decisions in the planning and assessment of marine protected areas. Johanna has a broad ocean science background covering marine ecology, conservation biology, ocean acidification and aquaculture, and has worked in the aquarium trade where she educated the public on marine science through guided tours and outreach events targeting K-12 students in underserved communities. She is interested in improving communication between scientists, managers and the public, particularly on marine conservation issues.
  • (808) 956-7424
  • jwren@hawaii.edu

Education & Outreach team members are all based at UH Mānoa unless otherwise noted.
Mailing address: C-MORE, 1000 Pope Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

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