Dilek Sahin

Project Coordinator

Dilek has a B.Sc in biology from Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey) and an M.Sc from Istanbul University (Turkey) in bird ecology and conservation. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogazici University (Turkey) studying the conservation genetics of endemic Mediterranean shearwaters. Dilek has been working on seabird conservation projects since 2010, mainly in Europe before moving to Kaua’i. These projects mainly focused on endangered species research and management, predator control and biosecurity, light pollution, fisheries by-catch, and creating behavioral change for conservation.

Jonathan Shepherd

Field Assistant

Originally from Oregon, Jonny graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Wildlife Sciences. Shortly after, a brief field season on the Big Island sparked an interest in island conservation and endangered species recovery and Jonny has spent the last 6 years bouncing between islands. He has worked with the Hawai‘i ‘elepaio and ʻAlalā on the Big Island, Aga (Mariana Crow) on Rota in the Northern Mariana Islands, and helped manage the various species on endangered waterfowl, seabirds, marine life, and nene at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.

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