Sophia Rahnke

  • Data Science FellowHawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa

    Originally from Arlington, Texas, Sophia moved to Oahu to pursue her BS degree in Marine
    Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As an undergraduate student, Sophia conducted
    research at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology in the Coral Resilience Lab where she
    studied coral spawning and growth for restoration efforts. Now as a PhD student at the Hawaiʻi
    Institute of Marine Biology in the Marine Ecological Theory Lab, Sophia is expanding her study
    of reef ecosystems to include coral reef fisheries and the complex social-ecological systems
    within which they are situated. She will be mentored by her academic advisor, Dr. Lisa
    McManus, as well as scientists and managers through ongoing collaborations with the Heʻeia
    National Estuarine Research Reserve and NOAA Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center.

    BS Marine Biology, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

    Research Interests
    Broadly, Sophia is interested in using models to guide the effective management of coral reef
    ecosystems and their fisheries. Her current research will explore Hawaiʻi’s nearshore fisheries
    across historical and future timescales, investigating how management, climate change, and
    predator-prey interactions shape these important resources using simulation modeling.