Krista Jaspers

Project Assistant
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Krista Jaspers, Pacific RISA Project Assistant, studies Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and will complete her M.A. by the end of 2013. She earned her B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies, with a minor in Latin American Studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006. She has been Project Coordinator for the Maui Coastal Use Mapping Project, a collaborative effort between coastal resource management agencies (NOAA, DAR, PISC, PIRO) and NGOs designed to inform ongoing management and policy decisions regarding nearshore coral reef ecosystems in Hawai’i. She was the Education Intern at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium during her undergraduate career, and now volunteers at the Waikiki Aquarium teaching preschool to middle school aged children about local marine life and conservation. Krista’s graduate research includes the impacts of tourism and success of voluntary eco-certification programs with regards to Hawaiian spinner dolphins on Oahu’s leeward coast, and the implications of future policy decisions on the dolphin tour industry there. She is interested in how climate change will impact the future of tourism in the Pacific Islands.