Dr. Lisa “Cali” Crampton, Project Leader

crampton AT hawaii.edu

Dr. Crampton ("Cali”) has been KFBRP’s Project Leader since April 2010.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada at Reno in December 2004.

Cali has extensive experience coordinating the design, conduct, and delivery of large research and monitoring projects with teams of diverse stakeholders.   For her doctoral research, she examined the landscape ecology and conservation of Phainopeplas, threatened passerines in southern Nevada, for the regional Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).  As part of her post-doctoral work, she led a team of other scientists, NGOs, and government managers in designing the HCP’s adaptive management plan for conserving and restoring threatened desert woodlands on which Phainopeplas and other sensitive species in Nevada depend.  In addition to her familiarity with avian field research techniques, Cali is experienced in the use of multivariate statistical and spatial analysis tools to evaluate the effects of environmental variables on animal distribution, abundance, and fecundity. For example, while working at the USGS Kilauea Field Station on Hawai'i Island, she analyzed field data on the population and behavioral ecology of the endangered Laysan teal to improve monitoring and management strategies implemented by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Subsequently, for the US Forest Service, she analyzed impacts of recreation on abundance of Sierra Nevada forest birds, small mammals and carnivores.

All of Cali’s projects have involved substantial interaction and communication with scientific and non-scientific groups, including interpretative programs for the general public.   Consequently, her record includes numerous journal publications, technical reports, and conference presentations as well as popular articles and TV shows.

Justin Hite, Field Supervisor


Justin joined KFBRP in February 2015. Justin fell in love with birds as a child and was delighted to discover that you could make a career of studying any aspect of any bird on the planet.  He graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2005, having already spent six summers studying California Gulls at Mono Lake and two winters studying Jacamars in Venezuela.  Since then he has studied numerous species in 12 countries, and taught field skills to Cornell undergraduates in Borneo, Honduras and Panama.   Besides nest searching and recording bird songs, his favorite pastime is entertaining his friends with imitations of bird displays.

Elizabeth Abraham, Field Assistant


Despite encouragement from her family to become a lawyer, Liz instead spends her time chasing birds through the wilds of Hawai’i. Starting out on the Big Island, she banded as a part of the USGS Hawai’i Forest Bird Demographic project and spent many a day chasing radio-tagged Akiapola’au. She came to Kaua’i shortly thereafter and worked for the Save our Shearwaters program before coming to KFBRP in January. Prior to her Hawaiian adventure, the crew at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Pennsylvania took on the young padawan and spent two years teaching her the fine art of mist-netting and banding. As part of her time in the Pennsylvanian wilderness, she completed a Masters project at Youngstown State University. Liz graduated from the University of Delaware (BS) in 2013 and more recently Youngstown State University (MS) in 2015.

Danny Raleigh, Field Assistant


Danny has had a passion for birds from an early age. He received his BS from Wake Forest University and his MS from Texas Tech University, where he studied the applications of remote sensing technologies and GIS to analyze resource selection and movements of overwintering Sandhill Cranes. His fieldwork experiences have taken him from the mountains of southern California to the tundra of Alaska, the forests of Indiana, the coast of Nova Scotia, and the plains of West Texas. He's had hands-on experience with California Condors, Kittlitz's Murrelets, Wood Thrushes, migrating songbirds, and Sandhill Cranes at each of those respective locations. He's excited to explore the remote mountains of Kaua'i and improve his knowledge of the endangered forest birds that live there. He's also looking forward to learning more about the unique ecosystems, history, and culture of the Hawaiian Islands.


Tyler Winter, Field Assistant


Tyler Winter has always had a passion for being outdoors and going on any adventure outside. He spent his formative years between Maryland and the Dominican Republic. While living and birding in the West during college, he realized that he wanted to work in nature and started pursuing the field of ornithology. Since then he has spent time working and traveling around the United States and Panama. His field work has included banding songbirds, raptor trapping, owl banding, looking for nests, hawkwatch, and trying his best to spend more time observing his surroundings.

Mandy Peterson, Kupu Americorps Intern


Mandy comes to KFBRP with her Bachelors and Masters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  She became interested in birds during her undergraduate course in Field Ornithology, and when she learned of the uniqueness of the Hawaiian Honeycreepers through her various courses on evolution.  She completed her Master’s Degree at Tulane University in 2014. She focused her research on mockingbird distribution and habitat usage in an urban setting.  She also worked some with mockingbird repertoire size and breeding habits.  After graduating, she drifted away from the biology and conservation scene for a brief period, but eventually realized she missed the field.  Returning to the scene, she is now working with KFBRP, excited and enthusiastic about helping to save the endangered birds of Kaua’i.

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