Dr. Eric VanderWerf
Eric VanderWerf earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1988 and Master of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1992. In 1999, he completed a Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii, where his research focused on plumage variation and effects of habitat disturbance and diseases on population biology of the Hawaii Elepaio.
He has worked on a variety of conservation and ornithological projects in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific since 1991 during stints with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife. He has continued and expanded upon that work since founding Pacific Rim Conservation in 2007.
Eric has authored over 100 scientific papers, book chapters, government documents, and technical reports, serves as the leader of the Hawaiian Forest Bird Recovery Team for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on the Endangered Species Recovery Committee for State of Hawaii, as an associate editor for the Condor, and as an associate editor of the Birds of North America.
Dr. Lindsay Young
Vice President and Executive Director
Lindsay Young earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science from the University of Hawaii. In 2009, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii where her dissertation research focused on the population genetics, at sea foraging ecology, and conservation needs of Laysan Albatross.
Lindsay has worked on numerous conservation projects in Hawaii and the Pacific region over the last twelve years and was the project coordinator for the Kaena Point Ecosystem Restoration Project which installed the first predator proof fence in the U.S. at Kaena Point on Oahu. She is currently focused on conducting the first translocation of Hawaiian Petrels and Newell’s Shearwaters at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge into Kauai’s first predator proof fence.
Lindsay has authored several dozen scientific papers, served as the treasurer for the Pacific Seabird Group, the chair of the North Pacific Albatross Working Group, is the current North Pacific correspondent for ACAP (Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels), and as a reviewer for multiple refereed journals. In 2016 Lindsay was awarded a special achievement award from the Pacific Seabird Group for her work with Hawaiian seabirds.
Robby Kohley earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Walla Walla College in 2000. He has extensive experience in avian ecology and aviculture in particular. Robby was the Research Coordinator and Facility Manager for the San Diego Zoo’s Hawai’i Endangered Bird Conservation Program at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center from 2007-2009, and also has worked for State of Hawaii on the Maui and Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Projects, for the American Bird Conservancy on translocation of the Millerbird from Nihoa to Laysan, for the Institute for Wildlife Studies, and for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge as a seabird monitoring crew leader on Buldir Island. He joined Pacific Rim Conservation in 2015. Robby assists with several projects, but his primary responsibilities are overseeing the care, feeding, and release of translocated Laysan Albatross and Hawaiian Petrel chicks.
Megan Dalton is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Westminster College. She has worked as an avian field biologist for several years in Hawai`i, on the mainland and most recently in the Marianas, primarily with endangered bird species. She has been involved in albatross counting on Midway, Millerbird monitoring on Laysan and Megapode monitoring in the Marianas. Her favorite place in the world is the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands where seabirds abound. Megan has been with PRC since 2016 and is a biologist on both the Laysan albatross translocation project at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge and the Newell’s Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel projects at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
Avian Care Specialist
Marilou Knight, making Kauai her home since 2006, fell in love with seabirds upon meeting her first Laysan Albatross. She started monitoring and caring for seabirds as a volunteer at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in that same year. In 2010, Marilou began working for Save Our Shearwaters as a field tech where she continued to develop her rehabilitation and health evaluation skills. Marilou joined Pacific Rim Conservation in 2015 with the Hawaiian Petrel translocation project.
Avian Care Specialist
Rachel has had a passion for animals that led to Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where she graduated in 2011 with a degree in Wildlife Biology. While there, she focused on conservation, techniques, ornithology and mammals. After graduation, she lived in Germany for four years where she worked for the Army and traveled Europe. In 2016, she volunteered with our Laysan Albatross relocation project, and we were thrilled to hire her full time for the 2017 season. Rachel is a “Wheels for Wildlife” volunteer for the Hawaii Wildlife Center and assists in transferring sick and injured animals to the center to receive care. When she’s not working, her hobbies include traveling, woodworking, snorkeling and birdwatching. .