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Maya Walton

Program Leader


  • MS Zoology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • BA Biology, Oberlin College

Maya Walton is a University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program extension agent who serves as the coordinator for the NOAA Hawaiian Islands Sentinel Site Cooperative (HISSC). The HISSC is one of five national cooperatives of the NOAA Sentinel Site program which have a shared mission of improving understanding, long range planning, and adaptation to climate change impacts focusing on sea level change and coastal inundation in coastal communities through coordinated planning efforts. The Cooperative is a compilation of sites that includes Midway and French Frigate Shoals in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, He‘eia watershed on the island of O‘ahu, and the Kona Coast of Hawai‘i Island. As the HISSC Coordinator, Maya will be maintaining and building new partnerships, communicating scientific research, working closely with communities and stakeholders, and providing educational programs and outreach.

In addition to her extension work, Maya also serves as the UH Sea Grant research coordinator and part-time science writer. As the research coordinator she acts as a liaison between researchers, Sea Grant extension faculty, and UH Sea Grant.

Maya completed her MS in zoology at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where she researched coral reef ecosystem health and marine protected areas in Oahu. In 2014, Maya completed a Knauss fellowship in NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries headquarters office as a member of the Conservation Science Division.

Contact Information

(808) 956-6992
(808) 956-3014

2525 Correa Rd., HIG 205, Honolulu, HI 96822