2016 Field Crew
Aaron Aguirre (Fall Mosquito Tech)
I am a graduate from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife with a concentration in Wildlife research and Management and a minor in Environmental Studies. My primary professional interests lie in the ecology and conservation of threatened or endangered bird and bat species. I enjoy combining this interest with my passion for new experiences to see a wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems across the globe.
After coming to terms with the fact that he could not be a dinosaur when he grew up, Jacob instead turned his attention to the next best thing: birds. Since he was a wee lad, Jacob has devoted perhaps too much of his time to studying the diversity of avian form, function, and beauty, and what this tells humanity about the evolution and conservation of life on earth. Via this pursuit, Jacob has worked for a variety of research and outreach entities, from the Triassic Lowlands of New York and the High Andes to Urban China. He has also conducted his on research on how morphology and behavior influence the distributions of South American birds. Jacob is especially excited to be working with Kaua'i forest birds, where speciation and conservation are at their frontiers. Potential spirit-birds include Northern Shrike, Southern Giant-Petrel, Lammergeier, and Deinonychus.
Katherine hatched out of her egg in Pennsylvania and translocated to Vermont as a fledgling, where she developed a love of nature. She migrated south to Asheville, NC for her college years where she studied biology and organic farming. Kate has followed ornithology field jobs to the islands of Maine to study puffins, Puerto Rico to band tropical songbirds, and Point Reyes on the coast of Northern California. She has a Master’s in Biology from Villanova University, where she studied the breeding behavior of the endangered White-breasted Thrasher on St. Lucia. Kate joined KFBRP in December 2015, and is thrilled to have another opportunity to work with endangered island endemics.
Having received both his BS and MS from Humboldt State University, Derek has worked on several field projects involving some stunning songbirds, wonderful waterfowl and spectacular seabirds. Through the world of wildlife work he has been to some amazing places including the sunny coastlines of northern California, vast sagebrush steppe of Wyoming, and the charming countryside of the British Isles. Following his long-standing interest in the imperiled birds of Hawai’i, Derek is thrilled to be finally working with the native forest birds on the beautifully lush island of Kaua’i. Already enjoying his current field season with Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project and anticipating his follow-up position with the Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Derek is immensely grateful for the opportunity to help conserve these special gems of avian evolution and Hawaiian natural heritage.
Cat Lauck is a recent graduate of Cornell University with a degree in evolutionary biology and a passion for conservation. She spent her last year in Indonesia learning about the nutritional habits of the Bornean Orangutan by climbing rainforest trees to collect their foods. But during university she spent time in Sabah, Malaysia studying birds, and is glad to be back among fellow ornithologists. This is her first time to Hawai’i, and she’s as happy clambering around the mossy jungles of highland Kaua’i as consuming seawater while trying to surf Kaua’i’s beaches. Her favorite native bird is the Kaua’i ‘Elepaio because it’s the cutest, silliest, and curiousest.
Roy was inspired into a life of conservation and biology from an early age, while exploring with his grandfather to find Bald Eagles in Western New York. The path continued throughout high school at Cuba-Rushford where he traveled to New Zealand with his wildlife class. He graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a BT in Wildlife Management in the fall of 2012. After college his career began in Oregon where he worked for the US Forest Service with Rocky Mountain Research Station doing occupancy surveys for White-headed Woodpeckers in Fremont/Winema & Malheur National Forests. Following his season in Oregon he also worked for the National Park Service in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park where he participated and led annual Christmas bird counts. Now the adventure has come to Kaua’i, where he hopes to learn more about the preservation of native forest birds on Kaua’i. You can follow his photography at https://www.flickr.com/photos/roylevimorris
Liza Olson, a 2011 graduate of Indiana University, has been immersed in the life of a traveling field ornithologist for the last five years. In the recent past, she has spent time following Kiwikiu on the flanks of Haleakala on Maui, working for the banding project in Hakalau Forest on Big Island, and even previously spending a season nest searching for ‘Akikiki and their arboreal nesting brethren a few years back with KFBRP. During the fall, she assists with the operation of Big Bald Banding Station in western North Carolina, banding both passerines and raptors, and helping educate hundreds of enthusiastic students about bird migration. Previous jobs have seen her banding raptors in Wisconsin, searching for nests of Aquatic Warblers in Poland, and migration banding in southern Alaska.
Danya is a fan of all things cute and cuddly, creepy and crawly, and everything in-between. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she fell further in love with field work while researching elephant seals and other fun fauna along the California coast. Between conservation efforts and exploring the world, she enjoys acting wacky and working on creative projects such as "Chairs The Sitcom." She's embracing her Hawaiian heritage while livin' it up on Kaua'i. Aloha kakou, stay lolo!