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’. 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!


Vincent Van Dyke

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

A coastal California native, Vincent formed a deep bond with the ocean at a young age. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Management and Conservation (2017), where ornithology courses and class pelagic trips caused his love of seabirds to take flight. He has assisted with porcupine research in Northern California, studied Montezuma Quail in South Texas, and performed wildlife management in Alaska that involved working with moose, bear, and relocating plenty of raptors.

Vinny is stoked to be a part of the KESRP team and contribute to the conservation of native Hawaiian species. In his spare time you can find him surfing, hiking, or birding.


Hannah Weipert

Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Field Assistant

A Michigander turned Texan, Hannah received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Texas State University. She fell head over “keel” with birds after her first Ornithology class and soon after began assisting a PhD candidate with her research on Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-crested Titmice. After graduation, Hannah followed her passion for the birds and left to go monitor seabird colonies on a remote island in Alaska!

A lifelong career goal of Hannah’s was to someday work in Hawaii and being able to do that while helping study the endemic seabirds on Kauai is a dream come true! In her spare time while on the island, she can be seen getting crushed by waves as she attempts to learn how to surf.

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