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    Todd Steiner (Executive Director)

    Todd Steiner is the founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network.

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    Donna Howe (Board Chair)

    Donna Howe (Board Chair) is an environmental conservationist, community volunteer and avid scuba diver.

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    Brendan Cumming

    Brendan Cummings is Senior Counsel, Strategic Litigation Group Director and founder of the Ocean Program at the Center for Biological Diversity, where he has worked since 1988.

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    Barbara D. Andrews

    Barbara D. Andrews is a passionate advocate for ocean conservation. She is the legal manager for the California Academy of Sciences.

  • Turtle Island Restoration Network Board Member Carole Allen

    Carole Allen

    Carole Allen is the founder and director of Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART) and manages Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Gulf Office.

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    Alex Hearn (Turtle Island Board Member)

    Dr. Alex Hearn joined Turtle Island as Director of Conservation Science in early 2013, and now serves on our Board of Directors.

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    Julie Owen Hanft

    Julie Hanft is an attorney (member of California and Florida bars), environmental educator, naturalist, and a resident of Marin County.

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    Deborah A. Sivas

    Deborah (Debbie) Sivas is a leading environmental litigator and director of the highly regarded Stanford Environmental Law Clinic who balances her practice of law with an MS in Ecology. In recognition of her work on behalf of the ...

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    Frank Paladino, Ph.D.

    Frank Paladino, Ph.D. is the Biology Department Chair and Professor at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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    Myra Finkelstein, Ph.D.

    Dr. Myra Finkelstein is a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz whose research focuses on human impacts on marine ecosystems.

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    Kerstin Forsberg

    Kerstin Forsberg is the Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, a growing marine conservation non-profit based in Lima, Peru.

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    Jonathan R. Green

    Jonathan R. Green is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London as well as a notable photographer.

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    Chris Harvey-Clark, Ph.D.

    Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark is currently the University Director of Animal Care at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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    Bob Hueter, Ph.D.

    Dr. Bob Hueter is currently the Associate Vice President of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL.

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    Wallace J. Nichols

    Wallace J. Nichols is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates and author nearly 100 publications on ocean ecology and co...

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    William Loftus, Ph.D.

    Dr. William Loftus is the President of Aquatic Research & Communication, LLC, which involves different institutions and agencies to restore fish communities via sampling techniques and communication of scientific issues with the p...

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    George Shillinger, Ph.D.

    Dr. George Shillinger is the Executive Director of the The Leatherback Trust. He has worked in environmental conservation since 1986

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    Boris Worm, Ph.D.

    Dr. Boris Worm is a Biology Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a Marine Research Ecologist whose lab includes students and postdoctoral fellows studying the causes, consequences of change, and conserv...

Board of Directors

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    Todd Steiner (Executive Director)

    July 22nd, 2016

    Todd Steiner is the founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network.

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    Donna Howe (Board Chair)

    July 19th, 2016

    Donna Howe (Board Chair) is an environmental conservationist, community volunteer and avid scuba diver.

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    Brendan Cumming

    July 18th, 2016

    Brendan Cummings is Senior Counsel, Strategic Litigation Group Director and founder of the Ocean Program at the Center for Biological Diversity, where he has worked since 1988.

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    Barbara D. Andrews

    November 15th, 2013

    Barbara D. Andrews is a passionate advocate for ocean conservation. She is the legal manager for the California Academy of Sciences.

  • Turtle Island Restoration Network Board Member Carole Allen

    Carole Allen

    November 1st, 2013

    Carole Allen is the founder and director of Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART) and manages Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Gulf Office.

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    Alex Hearn (Turtle Island Board Member)

    August 1st, 2013

    Dr. Alex Hearn joined Turtle Island as Director of Conservation Science in early 2013, and now serves on our Board of Directors.

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    Julie Owen Hanft

    July 10th, 2013

    Julie Hanft is an attorney (member of California and Florida bars), environmental educator, naturalist, and a resident of Marin County.

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    Deborah A. Sivas

    June 1st, 2013

    Deborah (Debbie) Sivas is a leading environmental litigator and director of the highly regarded Stanford Environmental Law Clinic who balances her practice of law with an MS in Ecology. In recognition of her work on behalf of the environment, California Lawyer magazine named Professor Sivas one of its 2008 Attorneys of the Year. She lives with her family in Palo Alto, Calif.

Staff

Interns

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    Sara Dudley (Law Clerk)

    November 10th, 2016

    ara Dudley graduated first in her class from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2016, with a specialization certificate in environmental law. During law school, she was co-chair of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund...

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    Ashley Murray

    September 16th, 2016

    Ashley Murray works at SPAWN as the Salmonid Monitoring Intern and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science.

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    Elizabeth Byrne

    September 16th, 2016

    Elizabeth is from Lafayette, CA, and is a Habitat Restoration Intern with Turtle Island. She graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a degree in Public Service and a concentration in environmental policy.

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    Adrienne Bouveron

    June 21st, 2016

    Adrienne Bouveron was born and raised in Colorado and is currently a Habitat Restoration and Development Intern. She graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Sociology and an interdisciplinary in Environmental Affairs.

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    Emily Persico

    June 21st, 2016

    Emily is a Habitat Restoration and Development Intern at Turtle Island Restoration Network. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She focused her education and extracurricular activities on wetla

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    Daniel Adel

    February 18th, 2016

    Daniel holds a B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from SFSU, and brings his passion to Turtle Island as their Fundraising and Communications Intern.

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    Rachel Horton (Oct – May 2016)

    October 30th, 2015

    Rachel Horton graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Sciences and an emphasis on conservation biology. As a student she was an intern in Como Zoo's conservatory and a lab assistant within UMN's entomology department.

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    Amanda Stromecki (Oct – May 2016)

    October 30th, 2015

    Amanda is from Virginia where she received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech.

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    Elizabeth Burnham (Oct 2015 – March 2016)

    October 28th, 2015

    Elizabeth Burnham is a 24 year old, native plant intern from New Jersey. She graduated from Stockton University with her B.S. in Environmental Science.

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    Will Jones

    October 1st, 2015

    Will Jones has a B.A. in Philosophy and Environmental Sustainability from Miami University. As a student, he participated in a study of the migratory patterns of birds in southwestern Ohio.

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    Katie Terwilliger (Oct. 2015 – Feb. 2016)

    September 30th, 2015

    Katie studied biology at Sonoma State University with an emphasis on physiology and wildlife conservation.

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    Ariana Solis (April-Jan 2016)

    September 9th, 2015

    Ariana is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in Geology, and emphasis on Environmental Science. This past summer, she completed an

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    Yani Pohl (January – October 2015)

    August 29th, 2015

    Yani graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2013 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Science with an emphasis in restoration ecology.

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    Michael Rhodes (April – October 2015)

    August 28th, 2015

    Michael Rhodes is a 25 year old Smolt-Monitoring Intern. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Studies.

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    Aimee Polekoff (April-October 2015)

    August 28th, 2015

    Aimee is the education and outreach intern here at Turtle Island. She majored in Geoscience and minored in Environmental Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, located in Lancaster, PA.

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    Morgan Dunlap (Gulf of Mexico)

    July 24th, 2015

    Dunlap is from Evansville, IN and is studying Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston. After studying for two years and initially wanting to study marine mammals, Dunlap realized

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    Kelsey Carter (Gulf of Mexico)

    July 22nd, 2015

    Kelsey Carter is from Chicago, Illinois. She moved to Texas two years ago to pursue her dreams of becoming a marine biologist.

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    Isabelle Lee (July-August 2015)

    July 9th, 2015

    Isabelle grew up in Tiburon, California and is a senior at Marin Academy in San Rafael. During the school year, she participates in her

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    Jackson Twilling (June – August)

    June 1st, 2015

    Jackson grew up in Mill Valley, and has just completed his sophomore year at UC Berkeley, where he is studying Integrative Biology. After graduating, he hopes to work in conservation biology here in California.

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    Kelsey Fenn (June – August 2015)

    June 1st, 2015

    Kelsey is from San Rafael and is currently studying Environmental Science at Brown University. During the school year, she takes part in the Sustainable Food Initiative, striving to bring about local food on campus and educating the community of the Rhode Island food system.

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    Briggitte Dix (April – June 2015)

    April 22nd, 2015

    Briggitte was born in Los Angeles and raised in the capital city of California. Throughout her college career she has worked for numerous different non-profit's and charities, striving to create a better more humane world for human and non-human animals.

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    Lauren Cernuska (March – June 2015)

    March 31st, 2015

    Lauren, 27, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Galveston last year. She previously worked for PNC Bank for seven years before realizing

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    Shawna Kelley (Jan – May 2015)

    January 26th, 2015

    Shawna Kelley is a Habitat Restoration Intern. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology.

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    Gloria Dickie (Jan – June 2015)

    January 12th, 2015

    Gloria Dickie is the environmental communications intern for TIRN and a graduate student in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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    Annie Hines (Jan – June 2015)

    January 6th, 2015

    Annie graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2011 with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature before going to Panama in 2012 with the Peace Corps.

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    Elena Nalesso (2015)

    November 20th, 2014

    Elena Nalesso recently graduated from the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE) in Baja California, México with a master's degree in Marine Ecology.

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    Zephyr Sylvester (Nov. – April 2015)

    October 17th, 2014

    Zephyr graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies.

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    Ana Berninger (October – March 2015)

    September 20th, 2014

    Ana Berninger graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Interpretive Biology and Natural History.

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    Sara Gendel (July – Dec. 2014)

    September 3rd, 2014

    Sara Gendel is a graduate student in the process of receiving a M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard College in May 2015.

  • Kimberly Horrell (August 2014 – January 2015)

    August 23rd, 2014

    Kimberly Horrell recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Studies.

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    Colin Lang (August – September 2014)

    June 22nd, 2014

    Colin Lang graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in Biological Sciences, Ecology Concentration.

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    Francine Huang (August – September 2014)

    June 4th, 2014

    Fran is currently studying Environmental Studies and Marine Biology at UC Santa Cruz. She previously interned at NOAA where she worked on numerous projects

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    Jeremy A. Rich (March – Sept. 2014)

    April 7th, 2014

    Jeremy A. Rich graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors Degree of Science with the major of Agricultural Management and Range Land Resources.

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    Nicholas Geier (February – August 2014)

    March 4th, 2014

    Nicholas Geier graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies/Earth Sciences and Ecology.

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    Casey Howley-Brigham (February 2014 – August 2014)

    February 19th, 2014

    Casey Howley-Brigham graduated from the University of New England in the Spring of 2013 with a degree in Animal Behavior.

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    William Bone (January – August 2014)

    December 1st, 2013

    William Bone is the salmonid habitat restoration intern at SPAWN, and he has a bachelor's degree from The University of Alabama in marine science and biology.

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    Tory Johnson (January 2014 – June 2014)

    November 1st, 2013

    Tory Johnson is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in environmental studies and marine biology.

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    Ryan Hegstad (Sep 2013 – Feb 2014)

    October 1st, 2013

    Ryan Hegstad is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in Plant Sciences.

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    Esmy Jimenez (Pacific Campaign Residential Intern, May – Aug 2013)

    May 4th, 2013

    Esmy Jimenez is a Washington native, studying in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California.

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    Stephanie M. Hernandez (Communications Residential Intern, Apr – Sep 2013)

    April 4th, 2013

    Stephanie is a UC Santa Cruz graduate with a bachelor's degree in Politics: International Relations.

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    Riana Kernan (Habitat Restoration Intern, July 2012 – July 2013)

    February 3rd, 2011

    Riana was a Habitat Restoration Intern with SPAWN from July 2012 to July 2013 and the first Resident Intern starting in February of 2013.

Science Advisors

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    Frank Paladino, Ph.D.

    June 30th, 2014

    Frank Paladino, Ph.D. is the Biology Department Chair and Professor at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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    Myra Finkelstein, Ph.D.

    December 11th, 2013

    Dr. Myra Finkelstein is a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz whose research focuses on human impacts on marine ecosystems.

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    Kerstin Forsberg

    November 20th, 2013

    Kerstin Forsberg is the Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, a growing marine conservation non-profit based in Lima, Peru.

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    Jonathan R. Green

    November 15th, 2013

    Jonathan R. Green is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London as well as a notable photographer.

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    Chris Harvey-Clark, Ph.D.

    November 11th, 2013

    Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark is currently the University Director of Animal Care at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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    Bob Hueter, Ph.D.

    October 30th, 2013

    Dr. Bob Hueter is currently the Associate Vice President of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL.

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    Wallace J. Nichols

    July 1st, 2013

    Wallace J. Nichols is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates and author nearly 100 publications on ocean ecology and conservation and of Blue Mind (Little, Brown & Co). He earned his MEM in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University's Nicholas School and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Arizona. wallacejnichols.org

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    William Loftus, Ph.D.

    June 11th, 2013

    Dr. William Loftus is the President of Aquatic Research & Communication, LLC, which involves different institutions and agencies to restore fish communities via sampling techniques and communication of scientific issues with the public and key agencies.

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    George Shillinger, Ph.D.

    March 30th, 2013

    Dr. George Shillinger is the Executive Director of the The Leatherback Trust. He has worked in environmental conservation since 1986

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    Boris Worm, Ph.D.

    January 11th, 2013

    Dr. Boris Worm is a Biology Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a Marine Research Ecologist whose lab includes students and postdoctoral fellows studying the causes, consequences of change, and conservation of marine biodiversity. He has not only significantly contributed to the fields of marine ecology and fisheries conservation, but also spread public awareness to the issues within these fields.