Dr. Lisa “Cali” Crampton, Project Leadercrampton@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.
Tyler Winter, Field Associate
Tyler has spent most of his life outdoors observing wildlife and natural interactions. He further pursued this passion at the Evergreen State College where he received a dual degree in Wildlife Biology and Chemistry. His passion for birds was ignited during his independent study of wintering birds and migration in Mexico’s Sonoran Desert. Since graduating, he has studied fall migration patterns for five years, working in California and Idaho with Palomarin Bird Observatory and Intermountain Bird Observatory.
As a Crew Lead and Camp Manager for Intermountain Bird Observatory he was able to share his love of the outdoors with school groups and coordinate overnight trips for Scouts, families, and other small organizations. He also instructed interns on proper bird handling techniques while monitoring the safety of ongoing research projects.
His interest in island biogeography and endangered species lead him to KFBRP where he currently works as a Field Associate. He can be found either working remotely in the Alaka’i or helping with IT in the office.
Tyler is certified by the North American Banding Council as both a raptor and passerine bander.
Erica Gallerani, GIS and Database Management Assistant
Erica Gallerani inherited her fondness for birds from her Dad and discovered her love of the outdoors in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with concentration in Ecology and Natural Resources and a minor in GIS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her independent undergraduate research focused on the behavior of pygmy marmosets in the remote region of Tiputini in Orellana, Ecuador, where she also solidified her understanding of island biogeography and the struggles of island conservation.
As an Aquatic Ecology intern in Everglades National Park, she furthered her skills in data management by building a database to ease the process of data entry. Since April 2018 she has been working with KFBRP as the GIS and Database Management Assistant.
Her awards Include: 3rd place in UNC’s Innovative Uses of GIS Competition for developing a tool in Python for ArcGIS to quickly analyze the spatial relationship between socio-economic attributes and green space.
Kim Shoback received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University and started her career in environmental consulting, but quickly tired of sitting in an office and quit to work in field biology.
She escaped the northeast and has been on a whirlwind tour of tropical forests by working a variety of field research jobs: first birds and native seed dispersal in the Dominican Republic, then tried to do a tree census in Puerto Rico but was rudely interrupted by Hurricane Maria. She stayed in Puerto Rico to study the effects of catastrophic hurricanes on forests, then studied the lek display of the white-ruffed manakin in Costa Rica and piping plover migration on the beaches of North Carolina.
Kim has been working as our Americorps Intern since October 2019. Although conservation is new to her, she thoroughly enjoys any opportunity to work with Kauaʻi’s endangered forest birds. In her spare time on the mainland, she works on farms and volunteers with The Raptor Trust, a bird rehabilitation center. When not working, she enjoys snorkeling, rock climbing, traveling, and exploring.