Dr. André F Raine – Science Director
- 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.
Helen Raine – Executive Director
- 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.
- 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).
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.
Caitlin Scott – Crew Lead (IMMP)
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.
Caitlin is excited to be the crew lead fot the IMMP 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!
Hannah Weipert – 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.
Jason Gregg – Technician
Bobby Brittingham – Technician
Vincent Van Dyke – Technician
Trysen Kaneshige – Local Multimedia Artist