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Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair award winners Lily, left, and Sarah, right, Jenkins, of Molokai High School. Photograph by Mahealani Bambico, used with permission.USGS Scientist Among Mentors of Hawaiʻi Science Fair Stars

Susan Cochran of PCMSC provided mentoring help to two sisters on Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi, for a science-fair project that won top awards at the Hawaiʻi State Science and Engineering Fair and earned them a spot at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 2015. Molokaʻi High School students Lily and Sarah Jenkins researched the destructive effects of mangroves, an introduced species that could threaten coral reefs on Molokaʻi’s south shore, where USGS has conducted extensive studies. Their “March of the Molokai Mangrove” project included geographic information system (GIS) analysis of aerial imagery, historical maps, and coastal surveys to measure how fast mangroves are migrating seaward. Cochran supplied the students with published aerial and seafloor imagery, bathymetric and topographic data, directions to additional materials, and GIS tips.
For more information, contact Susan Cochran,, 831-460-7545.

posted: 2015-04-16

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