UMP Staff

Marc Travers

Underline Monitoring Project, Avian Conservation Biologist

Marc Travers received his Masters degree from Simon Fraser University (Canada) in 2009.  He joined KESRP as an Avian Conservation Biologist in September of 2011 and co-ordinates the Underline Monitoring Project.  Marc’s previous work has focused on the indirect demographic consequences of nest predation, climate change induced diet shifts, niche partitioning, avian disease dynamics, and physiological indicators of health in wildlife.

Shiho Koike

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

Shiho grew up in San Jose, California and went to school at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. There she majored in environmental management and protection with a concentration in wildlife biology. She loves all things nature and wildlife! Previously she worked on various projects studying red abalone, coqui, and coho salmon. Working as an UMP member has inspired her to learn more about Hawaiian culture and protect their native species. 

In her free time she has been learning to surf and has finally left the flailing stage. She hopes to get better! 

Caitlin Scott

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

Originally from Washington, Caitlin earned her B.S. in Biology at Whitman College. Growing up at the base of Mount Adams, she has always been very active outdoors and enjoys trail running, hiking, and mountain biking. She first started working with birds when she did her thesis research in Panama, studying the effects of human disturbance on bird populations in the Bocas del Toro Island Archipelago. She has held previous jobs working to restore beaver and fish populations in the Pacific North West.

Caitlin is excited to be a part of the UMP staff and contributing to the conservation of Kaua‘i’s seabirds. In her off time on the island, she is learning to surf and exploring the trails!

Katie van Dyk

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

Katie grew up in Oregon and earned her B.S in Environmental Science at Linfield College and M.S in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Katie began working with birds for the field work of her M.S degree studying seasonality trends and nectar preferences of Hawaiian forest birds. Katie has also worked as a coastal resource management volunteer with Peace Corps Philippines and studied nutrient cycling in sea sponges with Linfield College. In her free time, Katie enjoys playing the flute, scuba diving, and hiking.   

Whitney Gabbert

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

Born in Missouri, Whitney earned her B.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado – Boulder. She first worked with birds as an undergraduate studying the population dynamics of barn swallows. Whitney has a passion for many creatures of flight, having also worked with bats and invertebrates in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Costa Rica, and across the western United States. In her free time, Whitney enjoys skateboarding, eating copious amounts of poke, and taking naps in her hammock. She is excited to have the opportunity to help conserve the native seabirds of Kaua‘i!

Allene Henderson

Underline Monitoring Project, Field Assistant

Allene was born and raised in Chile and moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia to earn her B.S in Biology. As an undergraduate she worked for a stream restoration project in Bergton, Virginia, as well as a laboratory technician. After graduating she continued her passion with conservation by doing volunteer work in New Zealand, which included work with native/invasive plant species, predator control and habitat rehabilitation for the endangered Black Petrel. 

Allene loves all water sports, running, yoga and hiking!

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