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Dr. Javier Cotin

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Email: jcotin@hawaii.edu

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Javier studied biology in Spain and Norway, and was awarded his PhD at the University of Barcelona in 2012, titled “Birds as bioindicators of pollution in terrestrial and aquatic environments”. Within it he mainly studied the trophic ecology and pollution levels of land and waterbirds, with a particular focus on how human activities affect bird populations and dynamics.

Through research and conservation, Javier has followed his interest in birds and nature by participating in several projects, which have taken him to isolated islands and remote archipelagos across the globe. Columbretes islands and their Eleonoras Falcons in the heart of the Mediterranean, Tasmania, Heligoland in the North Sea, Tromsø in Norway, the Seychelles archipelago and their graceful White-tailed tropicbirds in the Indian Ocean, Costa Rica or the Galápagos islands and their impressive landscapes and fauna are just some examples where Javier had the chance to learn, research and protect wildlife.

With his work at Oahu within the Price’ Lab and all the help from the local community, Javier has decided to unravel the mysteries of the Pueo or Hawaiian Short-eared Owl.

Dr. Melissa Price

Assistant Professor

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

University of Hawaii at Manoa. 
Twitter: @HIWildlife
Email: pricemel@hawaii.edu

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Melissa believes that to conserve fragile ecosystems, we must understand the ecology and connectivity of individual species. Her projects  examine pieces of the puzzle, such as genetic connectivity, habitat use, and species interactions. 

The decisions we make today in conservation will have long-reaching effects, and must be made based on best practices and solid research.  She goes to work each day excited to be part of a community of people working to conserve endangered species for the health of our planet and the enjoyment of future generations.

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Chad Wilhite

Graduate student

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

University of Hawaii at Manoa. 
Email: cwilhite@hawaii.edu

www.chadwilhite.weebly.com

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Effective conservation of Earth’s ecosystems stems from an understanding of individual parts and their connections within the system. I am interested in describing and understanding how these parts, individuals and species, interact with each other and their habitat in the context of species conservation.

 

My work represents a diverse background exploring spatial ecology and species conservation in various systems. I have spent time working in sytems ranging from Eastern Box Turtles in a New York pine barrens system to North American Porcupines in a California coastal dune system. As an avid birder I am particularly interested in the application of this research to avian conservation.

 

Working under the guidance of Dr. Price I will have the opportunity to further my career studying the spatial ecology and conservation of avifauna by exploring habitat use and breeding biology of Pueo, or Hawaiian Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus sandwichensis). After earning a B.S. in Wildlife Management with a minor in Applied Statistics from Humboldt State University I am looking forward to pursuing my studies further in Hawaii.

Laura Luther

Graduate student

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

University of Hawaii at Manoa. 
Email: lrluther@hawaii.edu

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Laura Luther is a graduate student in the Hawaii Wildlife Ecology Lab advised by Dr. Melissa Price, pursuing a MSc. Degree in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) Department at University of Hawaii-Manoa. Her research is focused on varying aspects contributing to the conservation of the Pueo, Hawaiian Short- eared Owl which includes an analysis of pueo mortality source and location on the Hawaiian Islands and a diet pellet analysis of pueo on farm and ranchlands on Maui and Oahu.

 

She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Concordia University- Portland. Since graduating she has been a Wildlife Technician for Glacier National Park monitoring ‘Species of Concern,’ she also trained the public to assist with baseline data collection as citizen scientists. She spent a winter season as a member of the wildlife team at Haleakala National Park monitoring nesting success of the Hawaiian Goose and Hawaiian Petrel. Laura has a passion for the conservation of native flora and fauna and hopes to become an effective land manager raising awareness of conservation needs while making proper sustainable management actions to preserve and protect native ecosystems for the continuing benefit of future generations.

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Stephanie Bell

Undergraduate student

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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© Chad Wilhite

Stephanie Bell is an undergraduate student in the Biology program. She spent three years at Cabrillo Community College in Santa Cruz, California before transferring to UH to finish her degree. Over the past few years she has spent time working in both marine and terrestrial systems, and is particularly interested in using research to help make better conservation decisions. She values outreach, education and using community knowledge to bridge the gap between public knowledge and academia. She is currently studying mortality distribution of Pueo, in the hopes of finding trends that can better inform future management decisions to preserve such a beautiful and culturally significant animal.

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Alba Izaskun Rípodas-Melero

Project Assistant

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Email: albarm@hawaii.edu

Website: https://gardenaturaleza.wordpress.com/

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Alba is a wildlife researcher and environmental educator from Northern Spain.

 

Alba joined us at the Pueo Project in January 2019 with a grant from her country, Navarra, promoting international collaboration and early career professional development. She is particularly impassioned about translating science to the general public through education and outreach. She believes that science should not be an exclusive subject and that we must make a conscious effort to engage community members with science to foster positive relationships. Following her passion she studied Environmental Biology at the University of Navarra, Spain. She continued her environmental studies at the Napier University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, where she completed a Master's Degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation exploring the spatial ecology of Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix).

 

Applying her education she traveled to Romania working for the World Wildlife Fund with the European bison reintroduction effort in the southern Carpathian Mountains. After her return to Spain she worked as an environmental educator in the Pyrenees Mountain Range where she applied her knowledge about nature and wildlife conservation to educate children and adults about the natural wonders in their own backyards.

 

Alba believes that education is the main way to achieve her goal of protecting and conserving nature. So, when she received a grant from the Government of Navarra to facilitate early career growth working with scientists and environmental educators in Hawai‘i, she didn’t think twice.