KESRP Staff

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’. 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 VynneMegan_Vynne_MM

Kaua‘i 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 fourth year with the project.


Scott DriskillScott 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. 


Derek Harvey

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant & Radar Technician

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 third season with Kaua‘i’s spectacular seabirds and help conserve these incredible birds for future generations.


Erin PickettErin_bio_pic

Kaua‘i 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

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

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. 


Trinity TippinTrinity_bio_pic

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

Trinity received her B.S. (2014) in Organismal, Ecological, and Field Biology from Southern Oregon University and her M.S. (2017) in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University in northern California. She volunteered for songbird banding projects throughout her years growing up in the Pacific Northwest, cementing her fascination with birds early on in life. Trinity has worked on Northern Spotted Owl monitoring in southern Oregon, Nēnē and waterbird monitoring here on Kaua‘i, and has volunteered with Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project. She is excited to continue promoting avian conservation while monitoring Kaua‘i’s endangered seabirds. 


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