Our People

DR. ANDRÉ F RAINE – SCIENCE DIRECTOR

André is an expert on seabirds, and has carried out research and conservation work for Hawaii’s three endangered seabirds, as well as consulting on seabird projects around the world. His extensive experience includes:

  • multi-site seabird monitoring projects using techniques including acoustic monitoring, radar and burrow cameras.
  • seabird tracking projects (using satellite tags, data loggers and geolocators).
  • seabird surveys (including location of breeding colonies for rare birds) and banding.
  • seabird translocation and social attraction to predator proof fence sites.
  • consultation and expert advice to scientists and policy makers from US Fish & Wildlife, the State of Hawaii, NGOs and private entities.

Internationally, Andre has been involved in seabird projects in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Malta and the UK.

Beyond seabirds, André has worldwide experience in conservation and biological monitoring, and is highly versed in a variety of survey techniques for passerines, raptors and waterbirds, as well as small mammals, large mammals, reptiles, and insects. As the Conservation Manager for BirdLife Malta, André produced the country’s first Breeding Bird Atlas, spearheaded anti-poaching activities and provided scientific data and expert advice to the European Union and the Maltese Government.

André has a Masters in Conservation (Honors) University College London and a PhD from the University of East Anglia.  He is the lead or co-author of 28 scientific papers, and has written five books on bird and wildlife identification. Andre has a banding permit in the UK, Malta and Hawaiʻi.

HELEN RAINE – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Helen Raine is an expert in conservation project management. Her most recent projects have included:

  • Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture; as Hawaiʻi Wetlands Conservation Co-ordinator, she provides advice and support to encourage the creation, restoration and management of habitat for endangered waterbirds.
  • The Kauaʻi Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan (KSHCP); created the Management Plan for a proposed Social Attraction Site for two endangered seabirds within a predator-proof fence and consulted on the main HCP document.
  • Kauaʻi Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP); volunteered and worked on a wide range of projects including publicity materials, successful grant writing, bird banding, point counts, mosquito monitoring trips and egg harvesting trips for a captive breeding project of highly endangered forest passerines within the Alakaʻi Swamp.

In Europe, Helen managed the EU LIFE Yelkouan Shearwater Project, Malta’s largest conservation project; partners included the Armed Forces of Malta, HSBC bank, Malta Maritime Authority and international NGOs. Work included:

  • The creation and execution of the seabird colony management plan. The plan was used by the Maltese government as a template for other protected seabird colonies in Malta.
  • The first major rat eradication project in the Maltese isles to protect endangered seabirds.
  • Research included the first use of cutting-edge technology on this species, including GPS data loggers, geolocators and satellite tags. The output of this work was a key report to advise the government on a roadmap to designate Marine SPAs (several of which have since been declared).

Helen is also a writer and journalist, and has published hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics, particularly the environment and travel, including the American Birding Association’s Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaiʻi. She has a MSc in Conservation from University College London.

MARC TRAVERS – SENIOR SCIENTIST

Marc has conducted 10 years of research quantifying avian collisions with infrastructure in concert with developing and testing solutions to prevent collisions. In collaboration with partners, Marc has innovated this field by developing novel monitoring solutions featured in Nature’s online magazine and has developed novel collision prevention technology.

Additionally, Marc’s research on seabirds and other taxa has taken him to a number of islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Canadian Arctic, and Antarctic where he has helped local teams initiate a powerline monitoring program, studied the indirect demographic consequences of nest predation, climate changed induced diet shifts in birds and Polar Bears, niche partitioning, avian disease dynamics, physiological indicators of health in wildlife.

SCOTT DRISKILL – Spatial Data Analyst

Scott’s expertise is at the intersection of spatial ecology, wildlife biology, geographic information systems and data management. This includes four years working with Hawaiʻi’s endangered seabirds. His work involves processing, analysis, and management of spatial and non-spatial data including:
• Seabird tracking data such as satellite tags and dataloggers
• Seabird monitoring data
• Landscape-level spatial data modelling
• Spatial and non-spatial database management and design
• Statistical analysis

Such efforts have culminated in several scientific papers published with his colleagues at ARC. Before he directed his efforts to studying and conserving seabirds in Hawaii, Scott worked for a decade in various environmental fields in South Africa. He has applied his skills in the fields of savannah ecology, wetland conservation and soil science, while also providing consulting services in the field of GIS. Scott received his MSc in GIS from Southampton University, focusing on remote sensing and landscape ecology of tropical forests in the Congo

jENNIFER rOTHE – SEABIRD CREW LEAD

Raised in Wisconsin with a canoe paddle in hand, Jen transformed her early love of the Northwoods into a B.Sc. in Biology and Wildlife Ecology from UW Stevens Point (’10). She brings to ARC fourteen years of ornithological field experience gleaned from a variety of projects in nine US states. While Jen’s early career focused largely on raptors, four years investigating the breeding ecology of the mysterious Marbled Murrelet ignited a budding passion for seabirds. Guiding for Oregon Pelagic Tours helped seal the deal: after a striking chance encounter with a Hawaiian Petrel, she followed these magnificent birds across the Pacific.

Jen is a dedicated birder who co-authors the quarterly Hawaii Region reports for the American Birding Association’s North American Birds publication. She also enjoys gardening, playing guitar/ piano/ ukulele, and learning everything she can from her hula ‘ohana.

CAITLIN SCOTT – IMMP CREW LEAD

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 on 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.

HANNAH WEIPERT – SEABIRD TECHNICIAN

Hannah was born and raised in Michigan but has since lived and worked in many states across the country. Attending Texas State University for her B.S. in Wildlife Biology, Hannah immediately realized her love of birds, quickly becoming involved as a technician for avian related studies under a doctoral student.

After college, Hannah worked with seabirds on a small island off the coast of Alaska and the following year came to Kaua’i to continue conservation for multiple seabird species. Hannah is honored to be a part of the ARC team and carry on with helping to preserve many of the endemic and threatened species that Hawaii has today.

JAIME NEILL – SEABIRD TECHNICIAN

Jaime comes to Kaua’i from North Carolina. She has a B.S. in environmental science and brings over a decade of experience in applied wildlife conservation projects. She has worked with a number of study species, including seals, sea turtles, and small mammals. On her off time, Jaime sews her own clothes, climbs rocks, goes snorkeling, and likes to read. Right now she’s listening to the Psychedelic Furs radio on Spotify.

JOEY LEIBRECHT – SEABIRD TECHNICIAN

Joey Leibrecht

Joey brings an extremely diverse skill set to ARC. For ten years Joey worked as a professional artist, multi-media designer, and web developer before being introduced to the world of conservation biology. He has over ten years of wildlife field research and management experience working with a diverse array of wildlife species including endangered forest birds of the Hawaiian Islands, Northern Spotted Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, New World Warblers, Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Canada Goose, Pheasant species, and a variety of small mammals.

Joey is an active member and currently serves on the board of the Wild Lens Collective – a non-profit artist collective focused on the intersection of creative storytelling and environmental conservation. He has co-directed and edited several short films such as Aikhag – A Personal Journey, A New Message for Smokey, and Souls of the Vermilion Sea: Searching for the Vaquita.

BOBBY BRITTINGHAM – SEABIRD TECHNICIAN

Born and raised in Maine, Bobby is extremely passionate about working to conserve endangered species and graduated from University of Maine with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology in the fall of 2019. He has worked with mammals, amphibians, reptiles, but has a soft spot for seabirds after working among tern and puffin colonies in his home state.

Before ARC, Bobby worked with Save Our Shearwaters on Kaua’i in a rehabilitation setting where he learned about the unique challenges faced by Hawaiian seabirds and other native species to Hawai’i. Bobby is thrilled to be a part of the ARC team and to continue working towards to conservation of the endangered Hawaiian seabirds that he has come to love.

VINCENT VAN DYKE- SEABIRD TECHNICIAN

Growing up on the coast of California, Vinny developed a strong bond and affinity for the ocean and the species which call it home. Graduating from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in conservation and management, his love and passion for seabirds took root in the Redwood Coast.

Vinny is stoked to be a part of the ARC team and continue conservation efforts for some of Kaua’i’s striking native seabirds.

KARIM HANNA – IMMP TECHNICIAN

Karim grew up in New Jersey enjoying urban life and coastal views. He attended Stony Brook University and received a B.A. in Ecosystems and Human Impact while studying and exploring New York’s coastline. As a Doris Duke Conservation Scholars, Karim is committed to making conservation more accessible for all.

Before joining ARC, Karim worked in neglected wetlands in Utah and found his passion for species conservation and habitat restoration. Now working with endangered seabirds on Kaua’i, Karim has happily returned to his coastal roots both educationally and in upbringing.

Skyler Flaska – IMMP TECHNICIAN

Originally from Texas, Skyler is thrilled to be working for a company that has such a direct and positive impact on Kauai’i’s endangered seabirds, and is excited about being able to apply his unique knowledge and experience to help these amazing animals.

Skyler received his B.S. in environmental biology from Tarleton State University and his M.S. at Texas State University studying the ecological impact of invasive species across Texas. After graduate school, Skyler researched the environmental impacts of a wastewater facility in Louisiana, presenting his findings at academic conferences and publishing a paper on the topic. Skyler has also assisted researchers along the Gulf Coast conducting tissue sampling of game fishes for trophic studies, conducting coastal marsh restoration assessments using drones, and monitoring seabird colonies on barrier islands.

TLELL WOLF – IMMP TECHNICIAN

Tlell was born and raised in central Oregon and researched the beautiful Oregon Spotted Frog while in high school. For her senior year of high school, she received a full scholarship from the Department of State to be an exchange student in Turkey. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2020 from Portland State University.

Before coming to Kaua’i, she worked in Washington hunting invasive bullfrogs. She enjoys reading, hiking, baking pies, and painting.

Lindsey Scott – Immp technician

Lindsey grew up in the beautiful Columbia Gorge at the base of Mt. Adams in Washington. After graduating from Whitman College with a B.S. in biology she has lived/worked all over the west coast. From guiding in Alaska to working with threatened frogs in southern California, Lindsey has made herself a sort of jack-of-all-trades. This is Lindsey’s first time working with seabirds and she is so excited to get to study these species in such an amazing place.

TRYSEN KANESHIGE – ARTIST and Graphic designer

Trysen, a multimedia artist, joins ARC with Kaua’i’s Rise to Work program, and spent three months with ARC painting larger than life murals of our native waterbirds and seabirds as part of the ‘Cat Safe, Wildlife Safe Kaua’i Project’. The project uses street art to introduce Kaua‘i residents to the endangered birds that live here. 

You can see more of Trysen’s work here.