Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate Program

Aloha to all of you, and congratulations to our recent graduates!

Whether you’re an alumnus of UH Mānoa’s Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences or of an earlier department that is now part of TPSS, your accomplishments are a source of enduring pride for us.

List of Graduates since Fall 2011

Alumni

Degree

Advisor

Semester Graduated

Dissertation Title

 

Current Employment

Ackerman,
Amanda

MS

K. Leonhardt

Summer 2015

Cryotherapy of Orchids: A Novel Approach to the Elimination of Cymbidium Mosaic Virus

 

 

Baldos,
Orville

PhD

J. DeFrank

Fall 2013

Seed dormancy, smoke-stimulated germination and harvest timing of pili grass [Heteropogon contortus (L.)P. Beauv. Ex Roem. & Schult], a native Hawaiian grass with potential for expanded re-vegetation use.

 

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, CTAHR- Assistant Researcher

Berek,
Arnoldus

PhD

N. V. Hue

Spring 2015

Biochar as an ammendment to acid soils

 

University of East Timor, Indonesia - Assistant Professor

Bishaw,
David

MS

R. Manshardt

Spring 2012

 

 

 

Cadby,
Jeana

MS

R. Paull

Fall 2014

The effect of invasive seaweed (Eucheuma Spp.) and tankage, as a soil amendament, on sweet potato growth in two Hawaiian soils

 

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, CTAHR - Research Assistant

Gauthier,
Martha

PhD

A. Wieczorek

Fall 2014

The impacts of evolutionary and human mediated dispersal mechanisms on invasion success in Solanaceae

 

MacMurray College - Visiting Assistant Professor Biology

Glidden,
Michael

MS

R. Yost

Spring 2015

Soil Water Retention Curves and TDR Calibration of Six Agricultural Soils of Hawai‘i

 

 

Gurr,
Ian

MS

T. Radovich

Fall 2011

Evaluating vermicompost and rendered meat products as local media components in vegetable seedling production

 

American Samoa Community College

Harmon,
James

MS

J. Deenik

Spring 2013

Composting to Improve Sustainable Food Production Systems, Water Quality, and
Human Health in Pohnpei, Federated
States of Micronesia

 

Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i - NEPM Program & Data Assistant

Huang,
Yu

MS

J. Brewbaker

Spring 2013

Genetics of tassel morphology in maize

 

 

Huppman,
Elizabeth

PhD

R. Criley

Spring 2013

Analysis of Relationships Among Endemic Hawaiian Hibiscus

 

Lyon Aboreteum

Kim,
Min Hee

MS

 

Summer 2014

 

 

 

Lehman,
Alexander

MS

A. Wieczorek

Fall 2012

Assessing the impacts of gene flow between endemic Hawaiian cotton, Gossypium tomentosum and two commercial cotton species

 

Pioneer HI-Bred - Field Coordinator

Lingenfelser, David

MS

Ken Leonhard

Summer  2014

Polyploid Initiation in Hawai‘i Tree Species

 

 

Lukas,
Scott

PhD

J. DeFrank

Summer 2015

Characterization of dormancy, establishment and seed production of Walteria indica and Panicum torridum

 

 

Matsumura, Kalani

MS

H. Nguyen

Fall 2015

Effects of oxidation-reduction conditions and selected soil amendments on the solubility, mobility, and phytoavailability of arsenic in two high-arsenic soils of Hawai‘i

   

Niklis,
Nancy

MS

R. Yost

Spring 2013

Spatial distribution of arsenic residues from historic application to sugarcane on the Hamakua Coast, Hawai’i

 

 

Olver,
Jason

MS

R. Paull

Summer 2013

An in vitro assessment of variables affecting the predacity of Arthrobotrys oligospora; a nematode trapping fungus

 

 

Rico,
Kelcie

MS

A. Wieczorek

Fall 2013

Maize Choleric Mottle Virus: assessing alternate hosts

 

Pionner HI-Bred - Planting and Quality Supervisor

Sachter-Smith,
Gabriel

MS

R. Manshardt

Summer 2015

Naturally Occurring Host Resistance to Banana Bunchy Top Virus

 

Entrepreneurial farmer

Saito,
Robert

MS

T. Radovich

Spring 2014

Effect of Short-term LED exposure on organically grown vegetables in Hawai‘i

 

Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company - Agricultural Development Supervisor

Shepard, David

MS

R. Manshardt

Fall 2015

Relating PRSV Incidence to Presence of GE Papayas in Spontaneous Papaya Populations in Honolulu

   

Silva,
Joshua

MS

J. Deenik

Summer 2013

Assessing Alternative Methods to Measure Clay Content for Tropical Soils that Resist Dispersion

 

 

Srimake,
Yawadee

PhD

S. Miyasaka

Spring 2012

Aluminum tolerance in Medicago truncatula Gaertn

 

Leeward Community College - Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture instructor

Thomas,
Sterling

MS

H. C. Bittenbender

Spring 2014

Assessing cultivation of Hops (Humulus lupulus) in Hawai‘i under natural and manipulated photoperiods

 

Self employed

Wai,
Ching Man

PhD

R. Paull

Fall 2011

Development of papaya chromosome specific cytogenetic markers and cytogenetic map of papaya sex chromosomes

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois, Urbana

Wiggin,
Peter

MS

Y. Sagawa

Fall 2012

 

 

 

Wu,
Ping-Fang

MS

R. Paull

Spring 2012

Ethylene biosyntesis, perception, and signaling-related gene expression during papaya fruit (Carica papaya L.) ripening

 

Associate Research Fellow, ACT Genomics, Taiwan

 

TPSS SOFT

TPSS Student Organic Farming Training (SOFT) is a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students who share common interests in growing food sustainably and having fun. SOFT was initiated in 2007 and the SOFT Student Farm began in the spring of 2008 with a handful of students and faculty dedicated to creating a place for student exploration and leadership in agriculture. Since then, the farm has flourished, producing wonderful things to eat and a great community of lively students.

 

TPSS GSO

Every year, graduate students are elected for the TPSS Graduate Student Oganization (GSO). For the 2015 - 2016 school year, the TPSS GSO officers are:

  • Kauahi Perez - President
  • Tia Silvasy - Vice President
  • Greg Hoover ​- Secretary​
  • Aimee Uyehara - Treasurer​

The TPSS GSO strives to enrich the graduate student experience in our department by orchestrating social events and activities. The goal of these events is not only to provide camaraderie among students outside of the classroom and laboratory, but also to bring the entire department together, including faculty and staff, for informal events.

Annual Waffle Party

Before the start of the Fall semester, Dr. Ania Wieczorek, the TPSS Graduate Program Chairman, hosts a waffle breakfast for the TPSS graduate department to introduce incoming new graduate students and faculty members. It's a time to sit, eat and get to know new and old faces. And enjoy delicious waffles made by the graduate program chairman!