Biologist to address Rotary

John Fitzpatrick will speak about “Kupuna Corals, Sharks, and Fishes” that need help at Olowalu and using geographic information system technology to bridge the disconnect between science and the community during a presentation at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday in the Class Act Dining Room at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Fitzpatrick was born and raised on Maui and is one of the first two graduates from the UH-Manoa program in marine biology, where his studies ranged from global warming to factors causing coral reef degradation, according to a news release. After returning to Maui, he earned his captain’s license to work on Paragon II and currently teaches oceanography, environmental ecology and human biology at UH-MC.

Fitzpatrick is a candidate in the primary election for the Maui County Council’s South Maui residency seat.

The Rotary Club of Maui meetings are open to the public. The cost of the three-course luncheon and meeting is $20 per person. For more information, email