The Crew

Focused, Passionate, Driven
Hanna Mounce, PhD
Coordinator

Hanna developed a passion for island ecosystems while completing her undergraduate degree at Humboldt State, CA and Lincoln University in New Zealand. Experience as a biologist and master bander, Hanna has worked in public and private sectors of avian conservation across the United States and Costa Rica which prepped her to leave northern California and join MFBRP as a field technician in 2006. Since then, she has worked in a variety of capacities for the project and completed her doctorate in the UK at the University of Kent.

Laura Berthold
Ornithological Research/Logistics and Outreach Technician

Coming to Maui from the suburbs of Chicago and completing a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Loyola University Chicago, Laura began working with MFBRP as an AmeriCorps intern in 2009. With her past experience teaching various environmental programs and working on public lands, Laura was a great fit for the public outreach and conservation field work and was hired in her current position in 2010.

Christopher Warren
Avian Research/Restoration & Data Management Technician

After earning a M.S. in Population & Conservation Biology at Texas State and gaining experience with data management and spatial and statistical analysis, Chris joined MFBRP in 2012. Originally from Ohio, Chris has experience working with threatened and endangered forest birds in several regions of the US.

Zach Pezzillo
Field Associate

Zach began volunteering with MFBRP in 2014 when he was still in college. He transitioned from volunteer into MFBRP’s Kupu Conservation Leader in 2016. He left Maui to work two seasons on the remote island of Kure Atoll in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. After returning from hard work there, Zach started as MFBRP’s Field Associate in the spring of 2019. Zach grew up on the island of Maui and went to university in New York. He is an exceptional photographer as well as entomologist.

Kristi Fukunaga
KUPU Intern

Kristi joined MFBRP as a KUPU intern in 2018. She completed her bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, OR with an interest in avian conservation. Since then she has been a technician in Oregon for the Forest Service, volunteered on Midway Atoll, and most recently came off American Samoa working with the Tongan Ground Dove for the Institute for Bird Populations.

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