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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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    Todd Steiner (Executive Director)

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

  • Barb Andrews

    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 (Director of the Gulf Office)

    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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    Randall Arauz (Director of Central American Office)

    Randall Arauz is the founder of PRETOMA in Costa Rica, and won a Goldman Environmental Award for his campaign to stop shark finning in that country.

  • Turtle Island Restoration Network Board Member Rick Misuraca

    Rick Misuraca

    Rick Misuraca recently retired from his position as operations director for the City of Mill Valley, Calif.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Donna Howe (Board Chair)

    December 15th, 2013

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

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    Todd Steiner (Executive Director)

    December 1st, 2013

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

  • Barb Andrews

    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 (Director of the Gulf Office)

    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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    Randall Arauz (Director of Central American Office)

    October 1st, 2013

    Randall Arauz is the founder of PRETOMA in Costa Rica, and won a Goldman Environmental Award for his campaign to stop shark finning in that country.

  • Turtle Island Restoration Network Board Member Rick Misuraca

    Rick Misuraca

    August 1st, 2013

    Rick Misuraca recently retired from his position as operations director for the City of Mill Valley, Calif.

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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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    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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    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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    Briggitte Dix

    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 (Sea Turtle Action Center Volunteer)

    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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    Yani Pohl

    March 20th, 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

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    Michael Rhodes

    March 17th, 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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    Shawna Kelley

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Sara Gendel

    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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    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.