Statewide PEPP Manager Joan Yoshioka Plant Extinction Prevention Program C/O DLNR - DoFAW 19 East Kawili Street Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: (808) 974-4388 e-mail: email@example.com
Joan Yoshioka has dedicated her life to the preservation of Hawaiʻi’s unique biota and has over 25 years of conservation experience. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Botany in 1986, Joan has worked at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park in the Research Division as a technician and then as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing Botanist. Joan continued the next 10 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as a Botanist and later as a Natural Resources Manager managing TNC preserves on Oahu, Molokai, and Hawaiʻi Island. Joan returned to school to get her nursing degree in 2005 but returned to her “first love”: biodiversity conservation. She worked with the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program for a few years before she joined PEPP in March 2007 back when it was called the Genetic Safety Net. Of PEPP, Joan says, “This is my dream job. While I’m not in the field as much anymore, being able to support a team of dedicated field botanists that love what they are doing to save our rarest plant species from extinction is plenty reward. I know we are making a difference.”
Statewide PEPP Specialist Steve Perlman Plant Extinction Prevention Program C/O National Tropical Botanical Garden 3530 Papalina Rd Kalaheo, HI 96741 Phone: (808) 439-1155 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Perlman is often regarded as one of the world’s finest field botanists. He has been at the forefront of protecting Hawai‘i’s endangered species for over 40 years. Prior to joining PEPP in early 2014, Steve spent 36 years as a field botanist for the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai where he pioneered techniques for botanizing and collecting plant material on sheer cliffs, especially those of the Hawaiian Islands. From the inception of PEPP, Steve has been a mentor and partner for our staff and helped guide and focus PEPP’s recovery and survey strategies. His work throughout the Hawaiian archipelago and the South Pacific led to the discovery of many unknown plant species and the rediscovery on many plants once thought to be extinct. Steve has been the subject of several films and print articles focusing on his work protecting endangered species, including a recent feature by The National Geographic.
Hawai‘i Island PEPP Coordinator Josh VanDeMark Plant Extinction Prevention Program C/O DLNR - DoFAW 19 East Kawili Street Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: (808) 933-8808 e-mail: email@example.com
Hawai‘i Island PEPP Technician Reid Loo Plant Extinction Prevention Program C/O DLNR - DoFAW 19 East Kawili Street Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: (808) 933-8808 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh VanDeMark joined PEPP in September 2013 after nearly 10 years of natural resource conservation in Hawai`i. His prior work ranged from research and conservation of endangered forest birds and control of invasive insects on Maui, to studying long-term forest dynamics, and investigating factors that impair rare plant populations on the Island of Hawai`i. Prior to his career in Hawai`i, Josh earned MS and BS degrees in Plant Ecology from Northern Michigan University. Josh joined PEPP because “Hawai`i's native plants and animals are part of a beautiful and fascinating natural heritage, they tell a fascinating story of evolution and diversity, and have played an important role in shaping Hawaiian culture. They are in terrible jeopardy. I feel privileged to be able to work with these incredible plants and to try to help protect them.”
Kauai PEPP Coordinator Wendy Kishida Kauai Plant Extinction Prevention Program C/O National Tropical Botanical Garden 3530 Papalina Rd. Kalaheo, HI 96741 Phone: (808) 634-0300 e-mail: email@example.com
Wendy Kishida became the Kauai PEPP Coordinator in September 2008 to continue her career in making a difference with the species most in need of saving. Her education includes a B.S. in Plant Science from Purdue University (1998) and an M.S. in Botany from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2002). Wendy later pursued a doctorate researching and managing the endangered No-Eyed, Big-Eyed Cave Spider and Cave Amphipod on Kauai. She also conducted botanical fieldwork as a volunteer for the Kokeʻe Resource Conservation Program and conservation management as a team leader for the Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps. Wendy collaborates with multiple conservation partners, is an expert on Hawaiian plants, and has a love for fieldwork. Since joining PEPP, she has been integral in discovering, protecting and propagating Kauai’s rarest and most threatened plants. Notably, Wendy successfully hand-pollinated Labordia tinifolia var. wahiawensis and collected fruit which represent four female and five male trees; almost half of the known existing wild individuals.
Hank Oppenheimer has been the Maui Nui PEPP Coordinator since January 2006. For many years prior, he worked in the Pu`u Kukui Preserve, building fence, controlling ungulates, weeds, and rats as well as monitoring native tree snails, insects, birds, and vegetation, including rare plants. Over the course of a decade Hank and his co-workers built a 2- mile long boardwalk through the montane bogs of Mauna Kahalawai (aka West Maui), which gave him plenty of time to become familiar with this rare ecosystem. Hank also enjoys working everywhere from the coastal and strand zone, dry and mesic forests, up to the alpine region, and has done field work on islands. This background has prepared him well for his work with PEP species. When the opportunity arose to focus his efforts on critically rare plants, he didn’t hesitate to jump on board
Ane Bakutis is an accomplished botanist and restoration ecologist who joined PEPP in February 2005. She earned B.A. degrees in Botany and Hawaiian Studies, and an M.S. degree in Botany from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Upon completing her academic career, she decided to focus her professional career on endangered species conservation and restoration. Ane’s career started with The Nature Conservancy on O‘ahu where she helped manage the Honouliuli Preserve. She later became an endangered species recovery specialist at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park where she coordinated a large-scale Ka‘u Silversword restoration project (see article: Honolulu Advertiser. Silverswords being coaxed back from near oblivion, June 5, 2006). In 2005, she moved back to O‘ahu to serve as the O‘ahu PEPP Coordinator until 2008 when she became the founding Moloka‘i PEPP Coordinator.
Moloka‘i PEPP Technician Patty Pali Moloka‘i Plant Extinction Prevention Program P.O. Box 698 Kaunakakai, HI 96748 Phone: e-mail:
Moloka‘i PEPP Assitant Kristen Coelho Moloka‘i Plant Extinction Prevention Program P.O. Box 698 Kaunakakai, HI 96748 Phone: e-mail:
O‘ahu PEPP Technician Kobey Togikawa O‘ahu Plant Extinction Prevention Program 2551 Waimano Home Rd, Rm 202 Pearl City, HI 96782 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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