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
Greta 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 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.
Linda Preskitt – technical support and website development
Linda is an algal biologist (M.S., University of Hawaii Manoa) 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 15 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.
Darla White – Maui Island co-Coordinator
Darla’s personal goal is to further our understanding of the marine environment through research and 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
Scott Bacon – Kauai Island Coordinator
Scott’s passion is marine ecology and he enjoys learning about the amazing interactions and fragile 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.
Lindsey Kramer – Hawaii Island Coordinator
Lindsey has been working on coral reef conservation projects on the Big Island since 2007, including projects with the National Park Service, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, the U.S.Geological Survey, and the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR). She has a passion for underwater photography, coral reef recruitment, and wall diving. She received her MS in marine science in 2005, and worked for several years research ing the threatened coral genus Acropora in the Caribbean before arriving on Hawai’i Island. As the new EOR Coordinator for Hawai’i Island, she hopes to continue to foster strong involvement from the dedicated and passionate community of ocean-goers on the Big Island.
Camille Barnett – Hawaii Island co-Coordinator
Ten years ago, I moved to Big Island to attend the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and graduated with a degree Marine Science and Biology. For the past 8 years, I’ve worked with DLNR/DAR in fisheries management and on a variety of coral reef research and conservation projects in partner with UH Hilo, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and NOAA. I’ve also led citizen science research with Reef Check Hawaii and provided support for the Coral Reef Alliance sustainable tourism program. I enjoy sharing the knowledge and passion I have for Hawaii’s corals and reef communities with our community members and visitors alike, and realize the importance of involving the community to create sustainable management and conservation of island resources.
Jason Mehlinger- Oahu co-Coordinator
Megan Ross – Oahu co-Coordinator