Krista Jaspers

Project Assistant, Research Program
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Krista Jaspers, Pacific RISA Project Assistant, has been with the Pacific RISA program since 2013. Ms. Jaspers received a Master of Geography and the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate from the University of Hawaii in 2014. Krista’s graduate research included 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 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 is interested in how climate change will impact the future of tourism in the Pacific Islands.