Whitney Ko is an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii studying to receive a B.S. in global environmental science. She spent the past summer in the Peruvian Amazon Forest, interning for Associación Fauna Forever, studying and contributing to the long-term wildlife monitoring project of Caimans.  Her interests are mainly biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration.

Currently, Whitney is starting her undergraduate senior thesis project working in Dr. Jeffrey Drazen’s Deep-sea Fish Ecology lab.  Her research will focus on studying the pelagic food web.  The Falkor cruise will be Whitney’s first time on a research cruise.  She is excited to expand her involvement in different research projects