Hanna joined the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project in January 2006 as a research technician and since then has been with the project holding a number of different positions. Hanna currently oversees the day to day operations of the project, coordinating and implementing our research and management programs in the field. This includes conduction and facilitation of research on behavior, population and breeding ecology, and recovery actions for honeycreepers, primarily the Kiwikiu (or Maui Parrotbill).
Originally from northern California and graduating from Humboldt State University in 2003 with a B.Sc. with Honors in Wildlife, Hanna has worked in public and private sectors of avian conservation across the United States and Costa Rica.
Key research interests include, species led conservation, rapid evolution in island avifauna, island species genetics and avian use of non-native landscapes.
Hanna received her doctorate at the University of Kent under Dr. Jim Groombridge entitled "Recovery of the endangered Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill, Pseudonestor xanthophrys): population dynamics, conservation genetics and strategies for reintroduction".