Amy Shipley

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Data & Radar Technician 

After receiving her BS in Biology from the University of Toledo (Ohio) in 2005, Amy worked on various avian ecology and conservation projects around the country. She studied Florida Scrub-Jay demography and searched for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Florida, conducted surveys for Cactus Wrens and banded passerines in California, monitored Piping Plovers in Michigan, and used aerial radio telemetry to track movements and survival of oiled water birds along the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Amy received her MS in Biology from Portland State University in 2011. Her master’s project focused on post-fledging survival and habitat use of a ground-nesting passerine in a forested urban park. Amy joined the Underline Monitoring Project in 2013.

Rochelle Streker

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

This is Rochelle's first year on the project, though she has been interested in bird conservation for a long time. She graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from University of Vermont, and has been pursuing different avian field opportunities ever since. Her previous work includes surveying and banding a variety of different seabirds for Project Puffin in Maine, surveying and designing projects for forest, wetland, and raptor bird species while also working on salmon and beluga field crews in Alaska, and caring for over 60 species of endangered and threatened waterfowl and raptors at a waterfowl conservancy created to help bolster these species populations in the wild and educate the public on their struggles. She is excited to work with new and unique seabird species for KESRP this year and explore the natural beauty of Kauai.

Charlotte Cumberworth

 Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

Charlotte studied languages and traveled all over Europe, studied Mandarin in Taiwan, and worked seasonal jobs on farms in Australia before finding her true passion in Biology. She received her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Cologne. Her last job was with a program out of Moss Landing Marine Labs, which monitors carcass deposition on the beaches of central California in order to detect and investigate unusual mortality events - like the Cassin’s Auklet die-off in 2014. In her free time she volunteered for the Marine Mammal Center, SPCA’s wildlife center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and helped with wildlife camera projects and Tricolored Blackbird studies at the Santa Lucia Conservancy in Carmel Valley. Her interest in seabirds of Hawaii was sparked when counting albatross nests on Midway for Fish & Wildlife Service last winter.

Margaret Massie

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, GIS Technician

Margaret “Maggie” Massie received a B.S. in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley and M.S. in Forest Ecosystems from Oregon State University.  For her thesis, she developed a vulnerability assessment protocol for climate change monitoring in the 450 Research Natural Areas in Oregon and Washington.  She has worked with the Forest Service in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, where she assisted with studies on the Pacific fisher and the prey base of the Spotted Owl. She now is a GIS analyst/database assistant for KESRP.

Alexander Shiarella

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Alexander was born and raised on Oʻahu, and in 2014, received a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. He has worked in research labs both at Yale and the University of Hawaiʻi, applying molecular, geospatial, and computational tools to studying a range of taxa, including plants, crustaceans, corals, fish, and ʻopihi. Prior to joining KESRP, Alexander also worked in professional data management and software development, helping to provide informatics solutions to major hospitals, non-profits, and research institutions. He is happy to be back in Hawai’i, especially in the field, as part of KESRP’s 2015 crew, and is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of Kauaʻi’s native seabirds.

Nathaniel Young

Kaua'i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Translocation Technician

Nathaniel Young has been getting excited about birds and their environment ever since his toddler years when his mom taught him about birds that came to the backyard feeder. He realized his passion for field work and conservation while volunteering at a bird banding station the summer before he started college, and he has since worked on various bird research projects in the US and in Latin America. In May 2015 he graduated from Cornell University after studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in close involvement with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and he is excited to launch off his career by contributing to the conservation of Hawaii's endangered seabirds.

Constance Johnson

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Constance grew an interest, appreciation, and passion for wildlife and the natural systems encompassing life while growing up in and exploring the Magnificent Great Lake State. She blended her passion of the natural world, science, and art to receive her B.S. in Environmental Science with a Minor in Art & Design. While living in Michigan's Majestic Upper Peninsula Constance's love for nature, interest in wildlife behavior, and adventure was reinforced. To become more involved she volunteered with local conservation and wildlife organizations. A recurring theme throughout her experiences has been studying aquatic systems and the wildlife directly supported by them. Prior to joining KESRP Constance's love of wildlife, exploration, adventure, and general lust for life has led her to travel the country and work for organizations and on research projects including for the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, monitoring of the Endangered Great Lakes Piping Plover, studying freshwater food-web dynamics on Alaska's North Slope and in glacier-fed river systems, the breeding ecology and conservation of Yellow-Billed Loons and Interior Alaska songbirds, and more yet to come. 

Jason Zito 
Seabird Mitigation Predator Control Specialist

Jason has been working in conservation on Kauai since 2009 when he joined the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project as a seasonal technician monitoring endangered Hawaiian forest birds. With experience gained from diverse conservation field positions and a lifetime of hunting and fishing he now coordinates the control of invasive vertebrate species in Hono o Nā Pali Natural Area Reserve and works closely with KESRP to enhance the breeding success of the native Hawaiian seabirds.

Nathan Banfield

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Crew Leader

Over the past 12 years Nathan has been dedicated to avian research throughout the United States, ranging over 25 states and 1 U.S. territory. He joins KESRP as the exploratory Auditory Survey Fieldwork Coordinator. Last year Nathan was assistant research manager for the National Audubon Society's Project Puffin in Maine were he also supervised research in previous years on the diverse seabird colony of Matinicus Rock, including the only known U.S. breeding colony of Manx Shearwaters. He has crew lead and supervised many projects and has worked with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters on Saipan, as well as auklets, murres, and kittiwakes in Alaska's Pribilof and western Aleutian Islands. For many years Nathan has also significantly contributed to movement and behavioral research on a large population of color banded loons in northern Wisconsin and has been bander-in-charge of many songbird banding stations. Nathan is no stranger to Hawaii where he has worked with endangered Hawaiian honeycreepers on the Big Island and Maui (including the now possibly extinct Po'ouli). Nathan is a prize winning photographer and has a B.S. in Natural Science with a minor in Biology from Avila University.

 

Laney White

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Laney received a B.S. in Environmental Biology and a B.A. in English from Tulane University.  She has worked with a number of seabird and shorebird projects, primarily on small islands along both coasts and in Hawaii.  In between field jobs and travel, she has focused on community outreach with environmental nonprofits in New Orleans.

 

Ilana Nimz

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Nimz is from Oahu and designed a major in Conservation Biology and Marine Science at UH Manoa following an inspirational exchange to University of Otago in New Zealand. She has worked with seabirds and pinnipeds for many seasons, spending 3-6 months in remote camps in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Farallones, and Aleutians. Nimz enjoys photographing the species she lives with on these incredible islands, and shares them on her website: http://ilananimz.wix.com/home

 

Zachary DeWalt

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant 

Zak graduated with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Business and the Liberal Arts from The Pennsylvania State University. He joins the project this year to gain focused experience in research-based adaptive management and seabird ecology in the Hawaiian islands.  His previous work includes resource protection and site management for endangered shore and waterbirds and sea turtles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and theoretical and empirical experimentation on the ecology of wind-dispersed invasive plants in agrarian Pennsylvania.  He has also volunteered on various conservation projects while travelling outside the country. 

 

Eizabeth Kain 

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Liz was born and raised on Kauai. Growing up among native flora, fauna and marine life, Liz developed a love for all plants, birds, fish, limu; all things native to Hawaii. She received B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Environmental Studies/Sustainability through University of California,Chico in 2010. Returned to Kauai upon graduating where she spent the next few years as a dive-master exploring and sharing Kauai's beautiful ocean ecosystems. Upon spending a summer on Midway Atoll along with tens of thousands of albatross, terns, and tropic birds she developed a severe love for birds. This love lead her to the Kauai Endangered Seabird Project, where it's the best of all worlds: Kauai, native species, and birds all in one.

 

Deirdre O’Connell 

Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Auditory Survey Field Assistant

Deirdre “Dee” earned a degree in Outdoor Education from Prescott College in Arizona. She spent many years and nights in the backcountry of the western United States leading educational trips for organizations like Outward Bound and private high schools with outdoor programs. Along the way she slowly started shifting towards guiding white water rafting trips in Grand Canyon NP, backpacking in Idaho and Colorado and mountain bike guiding in Utah. Years of exploring and working in the natural world, have sparked her into yet another direction, doing biological field research . She has worked with grey wolves in the mountains of Idaho for three summers, followed by three seasons in the Mojave deserts of California surveying for endangered desert tortoise.  She has now joined the KESRP team working with endangered seabirds in the remote montane areas of Kauai.

 

Nicole Galase

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

After receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii, Nicole gained experience in the main Hawaiian Islands working on environmental education, then spent three seasons in Papahanaumokuakea monitoring endangered species. She recently completed a Master of Marine Conservation in New Zealand and hopes to continue an interdisciplinary approach to conservation.

 

Morgan Harris

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

Morgan received a B.S. in Environmental Biology and Ecology in 2012 and an M.S. in Biology and Master's GIS certificate in 2014, all from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. His thesis focused on how interspecific competition affects avian personality, assortative mating, and reproductive success using Eastern Bluebirds as the model species. Morgan has participated in research involving many species including spotted salamanders, hellbenders, tree swallows, stream fishes, and freshwater mussels.

 

Matthew Holt

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

Matt Holt received a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2006. Since then has worked all
across the US, mostly in aquatic ecology. This has lead him into researching salt marsh eutrophication, salmon monitoring, horseshoe crab population decline, amphibian surveys, estuary restoration, and limnology. Avian centric work has included Ardeid foraging and winter waterfowl surveys in Narragansett Bay; for 2.5 years monitored how restoration of a estuary effected bird populations, spring breeding point counts, and shorebird foraging via point-line transects at Nisqually NWR; and helped out on bird surveys at Malheur NWR.
 

 

Kayleigh Chalkowski

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

Kayleigh hails from upstate New York where she graduated from Cornell University in January 2013 with a B.Sc. in Biology.  She began working in Hawaii with Kauai Endangered Forest Bird Recovery Project and has made a smooth transition to surveying for seabirds.  In her spare time she enjoys taxidermizing roadkill, drinking coffee and painting with watercolor. Check out her work at kayleighchalkowski.com.

 

Jason Zito 
Seabird Mitigation Predator Control Specialist
 

Jason has been working in conservation on Kauai since 2009 when he joined the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project as a seasonal technician monitoring endangered Hawaiian forest birds. With experience gained from diverse conservation field positions and a lifetime of hunting and fishing he now coordinates the control of invasive vertebrate species in Hono o Nā Pali Natural Area Reserve and works closely with KESRP to enhance the breeding success of the native Hawaiian seabirds.

 

Brooke McFarland

Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Avian Conservation Research Associate

Brooke received her MS in Marine Biology in 2010 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, focusing on the habitat ecology of the Black Oystercatcher. She has worked throughout coastal Alaska, studying the productivity and population trends of cliff-nesting seabirds, raptors and passerines, as well as a wide range of marine and terrestrial wildlife and habitat. Brooke has been working with KESRP as an Avian Conservation Research Associate since 2011.

Kyle Wright

Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Radar Technician

Kyle joined the KESERP team in spring of 2012 as a field assistant, and after a brief hiatus doing terrestrial bird work in Wyoming, has returned to KESERP in 2013 as our Radar Technician. Originally from Syracuse, NY and with a B.S. in wildlife biology from Unity College in Maine, Kyle has worked as a field ornithologist across the United States and eastern Canada for over ten years. While he does keep a soft spot in his heart for Newell’s Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel, Kyle enjoys witnessing and trying to better understand differential migration in more temperate climates. Diurnal raptors movement is of particular interest, and Kyle has served as a hawkcounter for six seasons at sites including Derby Hill Bird Observatory in Upstate New York, Kiptopeke Hawkwatch on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and the Lucky Peak Hawkwatch on the Boise Ridge in Idaho. Kyle has also done a fair bit of work banding passerines for organizations including Acadia University, PRBO Conservation Science, Boise State University, and the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory.

Elizabeth Ames

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Elizabeth completed a BS in Biology from Wilmington College in Ohio.  Since graduating in 2007, she has worked on a variety of field biology and ecology projects around the country, most focusing on avian conservation research.  Her previous field experience includes working on the Big Island for three field projects, where she helped establish permanent forest plots for HIPPNET, banded native forest birds on the Kipuka project, and studied the ecology of endangered forest birds in Hakalau NWR. She has also spent time working on the Southeast Farallon Island NWR studying avian migration, on the North Slope of Alaska studying arctic nesting species, and in the Sierra Nevada mountains conducting avian point counts, as well as many others. 

Jay Wright

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Jay completed a BA in Environmental Studies from Vassar College in 2005.  After several years of aimless wandering, he started work as a Marine Fisheries Observer in the Northwest Atlantic.  In 2010 he moved from commercial fisheries to wildlife field work, starting at Monomoy NWR on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with tern and shorebird productivity studies, and subsequently working as a field technician for avian projects in Alaska, South Africa, and California.  Before joining the KESRP team in May 2013 he worked for two Antarctic summers in the South Shetland Islands studying Antarctic fur seal productivity and Leopard seal behavior, and assisting with Chinstrap and Gentoo penguin productivity and diet studies.

Justin Windsor

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Justin Windsor found fascination in birds as a young child. By the age of 11 he had a collection of wild waterfowl from around the world. In recent years he has received a B.S. in wildlife biology from Missouri State University. His orientation has continued to focus specifically on birds. In 2007 he began working with passerines as a volunteer. In 2008 he signed on with Utah State University to conduct sage grouse monitoring. He then began working with waterfowl and seabirds on the gulf coast of Alaska in 2009. From 2010 to 2012 he has worked with spotted owl demography in the Sierra Nevada range of California for the US Forest Service.

Matthew Dusch 
Underline Monitoring Project Technician

Hailing from East Setauket on Long Island New York, Matt joined the Underline Monitoring Project in April 2013, after graduating from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, New York in 2012. While working towards his B.S. in Conservation Biology at SUNY ESF, Matthew studied in the areas of Geospatial Information Systems, Modeling and Wildlife Science.  During his stay in New York, Matthew worked at the American Museum of Natural History Center for Biodiversity & Conservation, where he created environmental niche models of Lemurs in Madagascar, in order to study ecological divergence and speciation of Lemur sister species. While on Long Island, Matt worked multiple seasons as a Piping Plover Steward for the Suffolk County Parks department surveying southern beaches on the east end of Long Island to determine nest success and propagation over the breading season of the Piping Plover.

Guru Bani "Mele" Khalsa 
Seabird Mitigation Predator Control Assistant

Guru Bani “Mele” Khalsa was born in Arizona and raised on the North Shore of Kauai. She gained an early appreciation for the native Hawaiian ecosystem by exploring the Kauai wilderness on family backpacking and hiking trips. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles for Plant Biology and has worked at many botanical gardens. Despite a primarily plant-based background, she has proven to be an invaluable part of the Predator Control team due to years of remote backpacking and field experience.