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Dr André F. Raine

Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Project Co-ordinator

Dr. Raine has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph (Canada) and an M.S. in Conservation from University College London (UK). He completed his Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2006, entitled ‘The breeding ecology of Twite Carduelis flavirostris and the effects of upland agricultural intensification’. Andre has worked on bird conservation projects throughout the world, including Bermuda (where he worked with the Endangered Bermuda Petrel Pterodroma cahow), Zambia, Peru and England. Before moving to Kaua‘i, Andre spent four years as the Conservation Manager for BirdLife Malta, where he was responsible for all conservation projects undertaken by the organisation. As part of this remit he was also tasked with co-ordinating all research actions on BirdLife Malta’s EU LIFE Yelkouan Shearwater Project. This project was the largest conservation initiative of its kind in Malta and focused on reversing the decline of the Near Threatened Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan.

 

Megan Vynne

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Crew Leader

Having been born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Megan's love for wildlife and the natural environment developed from a very young age. Her fascination with travel and adventure landed her in Australia where she graduated from Southern Cross University with a BSc in Environmental Science. Megan spent several years in Australia working in natural resource management and conservation with focuses on sustainability, habitat restoration, wildlife rehabilitation, and cultural awareness. This is Megan's third year with the project.

Derek Harvey

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Derek received both his B.S. (2012) and M.S. (2015) in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University in northern California. He has worked on various field projects including surveying for sagebrush-dependent songbirds in Wyoming, monitoring seabirds and shorebirds in marine protected areas along Californian coastlines, and monitoring endangered forest birds with Kaua`i Forest Bird Recovery Project. Following his long-standing interest in of Hawaiian avian conservation and immense passion for seabirds, Derek is excited to be working a second season with Kaua`i’s spectacular seabirds and help conserve these captivating birds for future generations.

 

Elizabeth Kain 

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Liz was born and raised on Kaua’i. Growing up among native flora and fauna, Liz developed a love for all things native to Hawai`i. She received B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Environmental Studies/Sustainability through University of California, Chico in 2010. Upon graduating Liz returned to Kaua`i where she spent the next few years as a dive-master exploring and sharing Kaua`i's beautiful ocean ecosystems. Upon spending a summer on Midway Atoll along with tens of thousands of albatross, terns, and tropicbirds, she developed a deep love for birds. This lead her to work for the Kaua`i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project in 2013 and 2014; since then she has worked with wading birds in Florida, seabirds on the Farallons, Mariana crows on Rota, and `Alala on the Big Island of Hawai`i. Now she’s back working for KESRP to help monitor and promote the endangered seabirds of Kaua`i. 

 

 

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Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Erin grew up on Kaua`i and received a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and a M.S. degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. Her previous field experiences and past research projects have focused on the ecology and conservation of marine megafauna such as pinnipeds, cetaceans and seabirds. These field projects have brought Erin to numerous islands in the Pacific and the Southern Ocean. Erin first became interested in Hawaiian seabird species during her time spent working in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program. Since then, her research interests have grown to include foraging ecology, island restoration and species responses to climate-induced habitat changes. 

Katie Stoner

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Katie fell in love with birds at a young age while attending summer camps with the Audubon Society of Portland. She then migrated east to study Wildlife Biology for her B.S. at the University of Vermont. There she had the opportunity to learn about avian species in New England, Texas, Florida, and Belize. Since graduating, her various field jobs have included banding songbirds and surveying for Northern Spotted Owls in Northern California, conducting waterfowl surveys in Oregon, and rocket-netting and tracking Wild Turkeys in Florida. Katie developed an interest in seabirds during her two field seasons studying the nesting ecology of the Kittlitz’s Murrelet in the backcountry of Kodiak Island, AK. She is excited to funnel her passion for seabirds, remote field sites, and intensive backpacking into KESRP’s ongoing research and monitoring efforts. 

Jonah Kuwahara-Hu

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Jonah was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai`i. It was there that his love of nature began to emerge and he spent multiple summers volunteering at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Jonah recently graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.S. in Environmental Science. He has spent time working on the Nene and Hawaiian Petrel monitoring programs on the Big Island, as well as being a clinic intern at International Bird Rescue in California. Jonah is ready to spread his wings and leave the nest along with Kaua`i’s endangered seabirds.

Adisson McGill-Telmosse

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Growing up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Adisson developed a strong respect for the natural world at a young age. After receiving a B.S. in Environmental Biology with a minor in Geography (and Rugby!) from Humboldt State University, he moved to Alaska where he began working with the Juneau Forest Science Lab on a long-term forest recovery project. From there his love for nature brought him to various places around the world, including a remote corner of southeastern Oregon where he led a crew in a Greater Sage-Grouse habitat analysis survey. Adisson also works as a ski instructor in the winter and as a river guide whenever possible. With a strong desire to understand life in all corners of the globe, Adisson is very excited to have now found himself on the island of Kaua`i where he will be working to recover endangered seabird populations.

 
 
 

UNDERLINE MONITORING PROJECT

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Underline Monitoring Project, Avian Conservation Biologist

Marc Travers received his Masters degree from Simon Fraser University (Canada) in 2009.  He joined KESRP as an Avian Conservation Biologist in September of 2011 and co-ordinates the Underline Monitoring Project.  Marc’s previous work has focused on the indirect demographic consequences of nest predation, climate change induced diet shifts, niche partitioning, avian disease dynamics, and physiological indicators of health in wildlife.

Angela Stemen

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Angela grew up exploring the beautiful state of California. After graduating with a BA in International Studies she participated in an Outward Bound course in Costa Rica that changed her focus from studying cultures to exploring the outdoors. She spent a couple of years guiding backpacking and kayak tours in Northern CA where she found her true passion for studying wildlife, especially birds. Since then she has worked conducting avian point counts all over the West, as well as raptor and Greater Sage Grouse monitoring in Wyoming and Montana. Her enthusiasm for travel and wildlife has given her the opportunity to experience many places and has now landed her in Kauai where she is excited to begin a second season with KESRP and continue to aide and learn more about seabird conservation.

Adam Elzinga

Wildlife Technologist

Adam joined KESRP in 2015 to address a growing need for custom-built conservation and research equipment. His self-taught proficiency in electrical and mechanical engineering combined with a talent for problem solving make him a valuable addition to the team. When inventing new tools for wildlife applications, Adam draws from nearly 10 years of field research and conservation experience. His current projects include developing a laser avoidance system to prevent endangered seabirds from colliding with power lines, an acoustic reference device that calibrates detectability of power line strike events, and PIT tag readers that monitor seabird burrow activity.

 

Theresa Geelhoed

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant 

Theresa_bio_pic.jpegTheresa grew up splashing in the Great Lakes and received a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. Aside from a year in environmental education, Theresa has studied zooplankton, box turtles, plovers, and spotted owls. She fell in love with Hawai`i’s aloha spirit and native wildlife in 2015 and made the move to Kaua`i in early 2017.

Hannah Moon

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Hannah received her B.F.A. from the Seattle University in 2010, and went on to study marine ecology at U.W.'s Friday Harbor Labs. She fell in love with seabirds while conducting sea-watches in the North Atlantic. Her lifelong love of birds has taken her around the world to work on a variety of avian projects. These include the conservation of native parrots in Costa Rica and the Caribbean. Recently, she assisted with shorebird management on the east coast of the United States. Her diverse background ranges from native plant propagation and predator control, to avian point counts across North America.​

Demetri Lafkas

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Demetri earned his B.S. in Biology with an Ecology emphasis from Northern Michigan University, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Also from the U.P. he was introduced to nature and wildlife at a young age. A love for travel, birds and adventure has brought him throughout the U.S. and now to Kaua`i. A majority of the work has been with endangered species including piping plovers in the Great Lakes, snowy plovers and least terns in Southern California, and golden-cheeked warblers in the Texas hill country. Other work includes statewide breeding bird atlasing and the effects of turbines on bats and birds both pre and post construction. Passionate about avian conservation he is looking forward to being able to contribute and be a part of the Kaua`i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project.

Reina Galvan

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Reina was raised in Montrose, CO, where her love for the outdoors flourished. Reina’s interest in conservation started in high school where she worked with the Western Colorado Conservation Corps and National Park Service. Ever since high school Reina has worked on different field technician projects that have allowed her to work with a variety of species. Even though Reina has worked with mammals, plants, invertebrates, and fish, birds have definitely won her heart. She received her B.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Her interest in acoustic ecology and the impact of anthropogenic structures on wildlife was peaked when she worked as a research assistant for the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division Lab at CSU. Reina is co-author of a manuscript recently published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series titled, “Visitor noise at a nesting colony alters the behavior of a coastal seabird.”