Dr. André F. Raine

Kaua‘i 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’. André 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.

Jennifer Rothe

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Crew Leader

Jen grew up in Wisconsin, canoe paddle in hand, and turned her early love of nature into a B.Sc. in Biology and Wildlife Ecology at UW Stevens Point (’10). She has 11 years and nine US states of general avian field experience under her belt, but highlights include: eight seasons banding thousands of migrating owls and diurnal raptors in WI, climbing to Gyrfalcon aeries in Alaska, glove-training a Northern Goshawk, and having an Andean Condor playfully eat her pants leg!

More recently, four years studying the nesting ecology of the elusive Marbled Murrelet in Oregon’s coast range triggered Jen’s slow morph into a seabirding Midwesterner. Guiding for Oregon Pelagic Tours helped seal the deal: after a chance sighting of a wayward Hawaiian Petrel, Jen followed these magnificent birds across the Pacific.

When she’s not working, Jen enjoys birding, snorkeling, playing guitar, guzzling coffee, and never having to scrape ice off her windshield. 2019 is her second year with KESRP. 

Scott Driskill
Scott bio pic

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, GIS & Database Assistant

Scott grew up in the great state of Oregon, where the sights of the Pacific Northwest inspired his love of the outdoors. After college, Scott ventured to South Africa where he earned his M.S. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). After experience gained from a number of years working in GIS and database management, Scott started a new chapter when he made the move to Kaua‘i to join KESRP in 2017. He is enthusiastic to be able share his skills to promote the conservation of Kaua‘i’s endangered and endearing seabirds. 

Stephen Rossiter

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Associate

Stephen received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College and an M.S. in Biology / Prairie Restoration from the University of North Dakota.  He has worked a westward trajectory of field research jobs: first Prairie Warblers in Connecticut, then tree seedlings in northeast Minnesota, plant and bird communities of the Dakota prairies, Kirtland’s Warblers in Michigan, and a 4-year stint chasing secretive Marbled Murrelets around old-growth forests for Oregon State University.   

Stephen has been working as our data management specialist since late 2018.   “I relish the chance to help Kauai’s fascinating seabirds and the people who study and care for them.”  In his spare time on the mainland he was an avid birdwatcher, seeking out under-birded areas for eBird.  Since moving to Kauai he has been distracted by snorkeling with schools of colorful fish!

Kyle Davis

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Associate

Kyle earned his B.S. (2013) in Environmental Science from the University of Alabama. He worked numerous conservation jobs in the American Southwest before moving to Hawaii, where he hopes to settle down. While in the archipelago, Kyle volunteered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on far-flung Johnston and Midway Atolls, surveyed owls with the Pueo Project on Oahu, and joined KESRP in late 2018 as a biological technician. Upon finishing his fieldwork, he returned to the mainland and embarked on a 3,000-mile tour of the Atlantic Coast by bicycle, before joining KESRP again for a second season. When off the clock, Kyle plays thrilling card games, raves about low-cost index funds, and perpetually roots for his alma mater in college football, much to the chagrin of his coworkers. Roll Tide!

Rebecca Krasa

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

After Rebecca graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Union College in 2016, her childhood fascination with birds lead her west from Massachusetts to explore many facets of avian ecology and conservation.  She worked in education and outreach in Utah, raised and released Greater Prairie Chickens in Oklahoma and Nebraska, and studied the breeding ecology of Rock Ptarmigan in Alaska before arriving in Hawai‘i. 

Rebecca is excited to be working with these endangered seabirds in Kaua‘i. And even though she has been working with chickens for two years, she doesn’t miss them since there are plenty on the island to keep her company.

Abigail Kreuser

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Abigail’s first introduction into the bird world was participating in undergraduate research projects on the cooperatively breeding Brown-headed Nuthatch at Tall Timbers Research Station while studying biology as an undergrad at Florida State University. After that she took an extensive course in ornithology, further developing her amazement and respect of birds. Abby moved to Kaua‘i in 2018 to work as the Americorps Kupu intern for the Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project. After finishing her internship, she immediately began working for KESRP. Abby is stoked to be a part of another awesome project that focuses on the conservation of native birds. 

Alyssa Piauwasdy

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

A San Francisco native, Alyssa has always had a deep fondness of the ocean. While attending the University of Washington, she developed an interest in birding, and was introduced to the realm of seabirds working in the COASST Lab. After working in a seabird rehabilitation facility in South Africa, she knew seabirds were her passion. Alyssa has monitored colony nesters in Alaska, including species of puffins, auks, kittiwakes, and gulls. She is excited to be returning to Kaua‘i after working with the native seabirds last year as a technician at Save Our Shearwaters.  

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