Meet the Team

The members of our Eyes of the Reef team are dedicated and experienced marine conservationists and scientists.  They donate their time and expertise to outreach, education, and report validation with Eyes of the Reef.  They make EOR happen!  Feel free to contact your local Island Coordinator for more information about our programs or if you have any questions.  


Dr. Greta Smith Aeby- EOR Founder

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aebyGreta is a marine biologist focusing on understanding coral disease throughout the world.  She was instrumental in developing Hawaii’s rapid response contingency plan (RRCP) and initiating the Eyes of the Reef program.  The EOR is a critical component of the RRCP and she is happy to do her part to help Hawaii’s coral reef resources.


TBD – DAR RRCP Coordinator

The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) will be hiring a RRCP coordinator to help implement the State’s Rapid Response Contingency Plan (RRCP) for events of coral bleaching, disease, and crown of thorns events.  Aspects of the plan related to the Eyes of the Reef (EOR) program will also be under development. Reef response activities are also supported by the DLNR/DAR Aquatic Invasive Species team. More information on this program is available at:  https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ais/


Darla White – Maui Island Co-Coordinator

darla-crpDarla’s personal goal is to  further our understanding of the marine environment through research and Darla_education in order to promote conservation and longevity of these ecosystems. Darla has been a professional research diver for 12 years in Hawaii. Her experience and interests are wide ranging, including fishes (ecology, biology, and fisheries), coral reef ecology, climate change, marine disease, water quality (especially nutrient loading), harmful algal blooms, ciguatera (toxicity in fishes and toxin characterization), marine ecosystem monitoring, anthropogenic impact assessment, reef resilience and network marine reserves.

Donna Brown – Maui Island Co-Coordinator

Donnafishcount.jpegDonna Brown is the Marine Option Program coordinator at University of Hawaii-Maui College and teaches Marine Biology and Oceanography. She has been a UH research diver since the 1900s when the reefs looked a lot better than they do now. She knows it is important to have many eyes watching for changes on the reefs and appreciates all the dedicated volunteers at Eyes of the Reef.


Scott Bacon – Kauai Island Coordinator

ScottBacon2Scott’s passion is marine ecology and he enjoys learning about the amazing interactions and crpfragile balance of marine life in the underwater world. He loves to share fun information about some of the amazing things you will see underwater. Scott is currently the  Director of Malama Na Apapa (A Marine Ecosystem Sustainability non-profit organization on Kauai), and an avid and experienced SCUBA diver spending many hours investigating and monitoring Kauai’s coral reefs.  His current goal is to complete a Masters degree in Marine Science.

Nikki Smith – Hawai’i Island Co-Coordinator

njs_pic.jpgNikki graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo with a degree in Marine Science in 2013. Since then, she has been working on the ocean in West Hawai’i, including coral reef research projects with UH Hilo and the National Park Service, outreach for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, as well as speaking about coral reef issues with community members. She currently works as a research diver and fishery biologist with the Division of Aquatic Resources in Kona. As the EOR Co-Coordinator for Hawai’i Island, she helps respond to reports of changes on Hawai’i Islands reefs, as well as conduct monitoring training courses for community members, and coordinate public outreach. She is excited to work with the community to better monitor and manage our ocean resources.

Ashley Pugh – Hawai’i Island Co-Coordinator

ARP_pictureAshley graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo with a Masters degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science in 2019. She also completed her bachelors degree in Marine Science at UH Hilo. Since 2013 she has assisted various marine research and monitoring projects around Hawaii Island with UH Hilo, and the National Parks Service, and in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Mariana Islands with NOAA.  She is currently a part of the Division of Aquatic Resources team in Kona as a habitat and fish monitoring technician. She is excited to collaborate with community and partners to support the Eyes of the Reef Network efforts in monitoring and management of the ocean resources around Hawaii Island.


Christi Feeter- Moloka’i Coordinator

ChristiChristi Feeter is a resident of Moloka’i and is involved in several volunteer conservation projects on the island, including several years of coordinating volunteer turtle monitoring of both Green sea turtles (honu) and more rare Hawaiian Hawksbill turtles. Christi has also worked closely with scientists from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to collect key data on turtle habitat on Moloka’i, including Hālawa Valley and Moʻomomi. She’s also supported marine and coastal conservation field work and training on O’ahu and the Big Island. Besides volunteering for various programs on Moloka’i, she is an avid hiker and outrigger paddler.

Nick Brilliande- Lana’i Coordinator

NickNick Brilliande is a high school science teacher at Lana’i High and Elementary School and has a Marine Science degree from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and a MEDT in Education from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.  He was born and raised on O’ahu and has enjoyed being in and around the ocean for all of his life. He’s an avid SCUBA diver and free-diver and has lived on Lana’i for more than 7 years. In addition to his role with the Eyes of the Reef Network, Nick also supports REEF in conducting coral reef surveys, the Hawai’i Uncharted Research Collective as an Ambassador for Lana’i, and the Pacific Whale Foundation in monitoring spinner dolphin populations and interactions. He also regularly contributes observational photos to the Hawai’i Hawksbill Conservation project.  Nick is the first Coordinator for Lana’i and enthusiastically aims to help our oceans and their inhabitants thrive.

Jason Mehlinger- O’ahu Co-Coordinator

Jason- Waikiki Aquarium_SharkCircusJason has a passion for educating others in marine conservation and currently works as an Outreach Specialist for Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources.  He graduated from Hawaii Pacific University and worked for a time as a fish observer in the cold waters of Alaska.  He returned to Hawaii and was part of DAR’s rapid response team where he saw, firsthand, the problems facing Hawaii’s reefs.  He has been instrumental in continuing the education efforts of the EOR program on Oahu!

Megan Ross – O’ahu Co-Coordinator

Megan received her PhD from the University of Hawai’i and is an assistant  professor at UH West Oahu where she continues to educate others in coral biology and ecology.  She has been involved with EOR since its inception and now helps coordinate the program on O’ahu.


Affiliate & Past Team Members

Linda Preskitt
Linda Preskitt

Linda is an algal biologist (M.S., University of Hawai’i Mānoa) and a marine conservation public educator. She spends much of her time teaching and speaking on coral reef issues with community members,  groups, commercial operators and schools. She has been a research diver for 20+ years and is currently a research diver with Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and has worked on a wide range of projects around the Pacific with University of Hawaii, NOAA, USGS, and USF&WS. Linda developed the EOR website, training modules and informational materials. She continues to provide administrative support and guidance to the Eyes of the Reef Network.

Lindsey Kramer
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Lindsey has worked on coral reef conservation and management projects on Hawai’i Island and Moloka’i since 2007 with numerous agencies including the National Park Service, the Department of Land & Natural Resources- Division of Aquatic Resources, and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Lindsey supported the development of the EOR online training and the recent update of our free educational materials. She continues to provide administrative support and guidance to the Hawai’i Island Eyes of the Reef Network.