> Bill Gilmartin
is President and cofounder of Hawai'i
Wildlife Fund. Currently, he is involved in marine debris recovery,
habitat restoration and sea turtle research - all on Hawai'i Island.
He is working on a book about the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal,
drawing from his 15 years as Director of the Northwestern Hawaiian
Islands Endangered Species Recovery Program. He has over 35 years of conservation experience in Hawai'i
as a biologist and member of National Marine Fisheries, the Society for
Marine Mammology, the IUCN Seal Specialist Group, and the NW Hawaiian
Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Advisory Group.
Executive Director and cofounder of Hawai'i
Wildlife Fund. In the 1980s, Bernard and Gilmartin were colleagues at
National Marine Fisheries Service. In 1996, they chose to take a
pro-active approach at wildlife recovery and together started Hawaii
Wildlife Fund. Bernard is an award-winning marine biologist with 30 years of
experience in conducting research, education and community outreach
programs on protected marine life, 22 of those years on Maui. She is
federally-appointed Pacific Scientific Review Group, Pacific Cetacean
Take Reduction team, and the Hawai'i Longline False Killer Whale Take
Suzanne Canja developed HWF's Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery
Project almost 20 years ago. Now, she is back on Maui
leading the program
again. Canja first
joined Hawaii Wildlife Fund in 1996 as a
naturalist and field biologist, leading field
research for HWF's turtle projects for several years. Her career has
her to some far-flung places, including Midway Atoll, where she led HWF's
population monitoring project of the endangered
Hawaiian monk seal,
helping to establish the first long-term data set of
monk seals there. She spent the following decade working
as field leader for National Marine Fisheries Service's monk seal recovery program
in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Canja now splits her time
between working with HWF on Maui and volunteering with seals and sea
lions at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.
HWF's Vice President, has been coordinating the
Hawai'i Island Marine Debris Removal Project and
anchialine pond restoration projects in southeast
for Hawaii Wildlife Fund since 2008. She began exploring ocean critters in Hawaii and California
during her childhood, then
earned a bachelor's in marine biology at the University of California
at Santa Cruz and a master's in tropical conservation biology and environmental science at the University of Hawaii
in Hilo. Lamson focused her academic research on coral reef fish ecology and community-based marine resource management. She is on the board of non-profit,
Ka 'Ohana O Honu'apo, and has been actively working on conservation issues along the Ka'u coastline since 2005.
WISER.ORG ARTICLE ABOUT MEGAN'S WORK
graduated from West Hawai'i
Explorations Academy in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii island and stayed to attend the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.
She began volunteering with HWF in 2009. The following year, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in marine science, focusing her studies on the effects of exotic fish (tilapia) on water quality in an anchialine pool complex. When Stacey isn't helping to remove marine debris or invasive plant species from the coastline, she can be seen rocking the roller derby circuit as "Smash-yo-face" #111, representing her social-media company, Weblinx, or hanging out with her adorable son, Nico. Stacey is passionate about teaching our
keiki (children) how to respect themselves and protect our natural resources and
HWF is very happy to have her on our team.
Kallie Barnes is HWF's newest Field Technician and Outreach Specialist.
She grew up at 10,000 feet in the Rockies giving her a special fascination
with natural systems.
At the University of Colorado-Boulder she earned two
Bachelor's degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and in Environmental Studies.
During college she focused her extra time on organizing stream clean-ups, environmental career talks, biodiesel 101 workshops, and tutoring biology.
After graduating she accepted a position with a 1,200-acre conservation and outdoor education center where she taught kids and assisted with land management.
She left after obsessing for two years and falling in love with Hawaiian culture, conservation, ecology and Hawaii
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Donna (Kahi) Kahakui
Nadine Kehaulani Robertson
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