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Alumni Spotlight: Anthony Mau

Monday, March 4, 2019

What year did you graduate and with what Major/Minor?

I graduated from USD in Spring 2013 with Marine Science Major and Environmental Studies Minor.

What is your hometown?

My hometown is a historic Nu’uanu valley of Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Where are you now and what are you doing?

I currently live in Honolulu, Hawai’i. At the moment, I am writing my dissertation to complete a Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In this multidisciplinary program, my work has focused around the aquaculture of a native limpet called ‘opihi (Cellana sandwicensis).

After graduating, I plan to transition into the local agriculture industry. I have the fortunate opportunity to manage a diversified agriculture operation on the island of Oahu, where they are expanding production of fish, shrimp, and oysters in various aquaculture systems. I will also continue to operate my small-scale, urban farming business – growing varieties of aquaponic lettuce, microgreens, herbs, and edible flowers for restaurants.

What was your favorite thing about the dept/USD?

Our Department maintained such a close-knit family within the broader USD campus. This was and forever will be cherished, especially after transitioning to a public University for Graduate School! More importantly, it reflects how much the faculty cares about YOU.

How did your degree from Environmental and Ocean Science (or MARS/ENVI) help prepare you for what you are doing?

This MARS degree program prepared me for research science by providing a solid academic foundation. The coursework at USD was rigorous, and pushed me to think critically and independently. This was daunting at first, but so will be any new thing in your life.

What advice do you have for current undergraduates?

Be kind to each other, support your classmates, and collaborate when possible. The world is only one’s oyster until there are no oysters left.

Join MARS and you won’t be ENVI-ous!

Anthony stands on the beach


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