Jay Penniman: Project Manager
Jay Penniman earned a B.S. at Portland State University (Oregon) in 1977. He has worked as an independent contractor doing forestry, wildlife and vegetation surveys, management and assessment. At the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, he was employed as a biologist on South East Farallon Island, 26 miles west of San Francisco. There he was a member of the team of biologists who ran the remote research station monitoring 13 breeding bird species and 4 marine mammal species. He also performed at-sea surveys for seabirds and marine mammals in the near and offshore waters of the northwest coast of North America. Since 2006 he has worked for the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaii managing the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project. When not recovering and rescuing seabirds Jay enjoys bird watching, reading, gardening, cooking and walking.
Jenni Learned: Operations/GIS Specialist
Jenni is a broad-spectrum ecologist with experience working across diverse environments. She joins us from Arizona, where she was a research specialist at Arizona State University. Some projects she facilitated include invasive species impact studies in Nepal, chemical and biological characterization of isolated desert lakes in China, and land-use surveys to understand locust outbreaks in Australia, Senegal, and Argentina. Her bird history includes monitoring shorebirds on the eastern seaboard and endangered flycatchers in the desert southwest, and she is thrilled to contribute to the conservation of seabirds in Hawai’i. Jenni has Master’s degrees in both biology and GIS, and integrates spatial analyses and database management with sound, fundamental science to support the team. In her free time she’ll hike, read, travel, or just wander around and collect rocks and plants. She loves the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon and continues her pursuit to complete all of its named trails and routes (and whatever unnamed ones she may come across).
Lynx Gallagher: Field Biologist Field Crew Leader
Lynx Gallagher hails from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina where he received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Lynx enjoys mountains of all types and spent time near the summit of Mauna Kea participating in environmental surveys for lichen at high elevation. His Master’s work involves studying fungi within Hawaiian kipuka along saddle road on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. With MNSRP, he works to set up and conduct baseline surveys and predator assessment studies in the Kahikinui Forest Reserve.
Che Frausto: Field Biologist
Che Frausto received a B.A. in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Natural Resources from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Che worked in the Ramaley Ichthyology (fish) lab throughout his undergraduate career researching domination and hierarchy in male convict cichlids. After graduating, he worked for the US Forest Service on the Lassen National Forest ecology team, performing many tasks including goshawk and spotted owl surveys. He also worked with the BLM Wildlife Biologist carrying out Bald Eagle nest surveys. His duties now include rescuing downed wildlife, field operations, outreach, banding, gps tracking, predator control, and data management.
Rebecca Pederson: Americorp Intern
Becca graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado Boulder with a B.A. in both Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She spent part of her undergraduate career doing research in the Ramaley Ichthyology (fish) lab. The rest of her time at University of Colorado Boulder was working on Map of Life, a mapping project in collaboration with Yale University. Becca’s responsibility was to capture metadata from species surveys and assess their reliability. This project eventually led to her Honors Thesis Project, where she researched the significance of presence and absence data for species mapping. She is excited to be working for MNSRP and expand her knowledge of field biology, as well as data management.
Emily Severson: Outreach Liaison
Emily began her conservation efforts in Alabama with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, helping to complete the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. In 2002 Emily started her fieldwork in Hawaii on the slopes of Mauna Kea with the U.S. Geological Survey -BRD, on the Palila Restoration Project. Since relocating to Maui, she has assisted in field studies through the University of Hawaii with the Maui Parrotbill and has immersed herself throughout Haleakalā National Park. First as a Park Ranger, and now as an advocate and enthusiast. Her love of nature began in the cold climate of Minnesota, and has grown exponentially while living aloha with her beloved family. Emily’s primary goals are protecting native species and habitats, exploring, and educating others about nature. She is happy in her role, Community Outreach Liaison at the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project.
Dr. David Duffy: Principal Investigator
Dr. David Duffy is a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is the Principal Investigator for Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project. He is the director of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. For more information, please visit http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/facultypages/david_duffy.htm
Dr. Fern Duvall: MNSRP Scientific Advisor and Maui Nui Program Manager – Native Ecosystems Protection & Management (NEPM), State of Hawaii DLNR/DOFAW
After receiving his B.S. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Fern earned two graduate degrees in Zoology from The Free University of (West) Berlin. Fern worked for 12 years as the State Aviculturist for the Captive Propagation of endangered Hawaiian birds. In 1996 Fern became the Wildlife Biologist for the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife on Maui, working with native Hawaiian waterbirds, forest birds, seabirds, invertebrates, plants, and non-native vertebrates. Fern now works as the NEPM Program Manager, Maui District. NEPM protects the State’s most diverse, pristine, unique remaining natural landscapes and ecosystems, with all the native flora and fauna they house. Fern is responsible for the original conception and staffing of Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project, which fulfills seabird management and research mandates of the Division of Forestry & Wildlife.