Focus for Sponsor:
Searches for ways to detect harmful algal blooms in drinking source water and brings water quality awareness to the education system by integrating her work with ALRW and TIES in the form of capstone projects for high school students
Identifying a biomimetic solution for detecting drinking water contamination; STEM K-12 biomimicry curriculum development
In Washington, Lamalani studied biology and researched intertidal zone community ecology and acoustics and behavior of marine mammals. She worked for the University of Washington, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Scripps Institute of Oceanography prior to starting her Biomimicry Fellowship at The University of Akron. Water quality has always been an important issue to Lamalani and she is driven to improve human health by applying a biomimetic solution to better detect harmful drinking water conditions.