Gina Pualani McGuire received her MA in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Her thesis focused on using narrative research and landscape-scale analysis of heritage, ecological, and operations for the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to inform the future of a visitor program. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Geography at UH Mānoa to bring together ethnography and geospatial analyses on the eastern slopes of Hawaiʻi Island. Growing up on a native plant conservation farm in Olaʻa, Hawaiʻi Island gave her an appreciation for the natural world, deep connection to place, and community-based management. Although she completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University and has studied and worked in Queensland, Australia, her desire to give back to Hawaiʻi continues to guide her work. Her interests include bringing Indigenous voices and epistemologies to the forefront of research and management, using geospatial tools to visualize and analyze data, and rural community relationships with terrestrial and coastal ecosystems.
Estevan Gutierrez graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2014 with a B.A. in Anthropology. He has participated in the North Shore Archaeological Field School and conducted research projects in Guangxi, China collecting geographic information data for spatial site 3D remodeling. Estevan was selected as a Research Fellow for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) conducting research on underwater World War II losses. He has worked in Geographic Information Systems for 10 years, working on projects around the world. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Cartography/GIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.