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Physics and snails and Octopi, OH MY!

See the full schedule of Hi-Sci Festival events at:

Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Anna O’Brien’s
Doors open at 7:30pm
Talks start at 8:00pm
Come early, get a drink, and grab a drink!
2440 South Beretania Street (see map below)
FREE – bring your own food!
Music accompanied by DJ Globes!


Mighty Cephalopods! 

Regina “Regie” Kawamoto – Malacology Collection Technician

Cephalopods have escape skills like Houdini! Master of Disguises that they can disappear before your very eyes! And the might of a thousand horses?

Regie was born and raised on the Island of Kauaʻi, where her wonderful family took her on outings to beaches and hikes around Kauaʻi. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa in the Zoology Department where she worked with people who encouraged and peaked her interest in marine biology, water quality, conservation, and outreach programs.


Prime-Time, Slime-Time

Norine W. Yeung, Ph.D – Malacology Researcher and Collection Manager

In Hawaii, we have a spectacular land snail fauna – more than 750 species! However, we also have more established non-native land snails than any other island or archipelago in the Pacific. Many of these alien species threaten native forests (i.e., damage native plants and seedlings), are agricultural and horticultural pests, and serve as vectors of parasites that cause livestock and human diseases. Learn
more about which invasive land snails carry the Rat Lungworm disease in Hawaii and where they can be found.

Dr. Norine Yeung’s current research interests are focused on understanding the evolutionary mechanisms and processes that generate, maintain, and in some cases, reduce biodiversity. Teaching is central to her research, as an educator of science, policy and management.


Physics and Fizzyology: The Battle of the Bends in Deep Sea Diving 

Richard L. Pyle, PhD – Associate Zoologist, Database Coordinator

Diving to depths of 500 feet or more requires chutzpah and a keen sense of adventure but, behind all of the thrills lies a hard truth: safely descending to depths beyond the range of conventional SCUBA involves understanding some basic laws of physics and human physiology, mixed in with some pedantic engineering and fastidious planning that is much more in the realm of academic nerdery, than undersea heroics.

Richard Pyle has worked in the Ichthyology collection at Bishop Museum since 1986. He is an Associate Researcher, Database Coordinator, and Dive Safety Officer for the Museum. His main field of expertise involves the taxonomy and biogeography of coral-reef fishes. His other areas of interest include the use of advanced diving technology to document biodiversity inhabiting deeper regions of tropical coral reefs, and also the development of computer database systems (and associated data standards) for managing biodiversity information.