Ms. Jessi Hallman Behnke is the lead biologist at Planning Solutions, Inc. After earning degrees in wildlife ecology and zoology, she worked as a conservation biologist in a number of roles in Hawaiʻi over the past decade. Ms. Behnke has worked as a field biologist, served as an ecologist for the creation of a predator-free refuge for endangered seabirds, and as a planner and co-author for the Kauaʻi Seabird Habitat Conservation Program. She has in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations governing wildlife management, has worked with regulatory agencies in developing and implementing conservation plans, and is an excellent technical writer.
SHE IS AFFILIATED WITH:
Pacific Seabird Group
The Wildlife Society
Kauaʻi Conservation Alliance
HER PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE INCLUDES:
Habitat Conservation Planning
Ecosystem Restoration Planning
Biological Field Research
ESA Section 7 Reviews
Biological Impact Analysis
Certified Commercial Applicator of Restricted-use Pesticides, HDOA
Hazardous Waste Operations (Oil Spill) Emergency Response Training (OSHA)
Helicopter Transport of External Cargo (Sling Load, IAT Course A-219)
Basic Helicopter Safety Training (IAT Course A-101)
Faller Class A Chainsaw Certified, USFWS
SCUBA Diver, NAUI certified
ms. behnke’S EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS CONSIST OF:
Master of Science (MS), Zoology-Marine Ecotoxicology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Bachelor of Science (BS), Wildlife Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Her WORK EXPERIENCE, STARTING FROM THE MOST RECENT, INCLUDES:
Biologist, Planning Solutions, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaiʻi
Conservation Associate, Kauaʻi Seabird Habitat Conservation Program, Līhuʻe, Hawaiʻi
Ecologist, Pacific Rim Conservation, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi
Ornithological Radar Technician, Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Project, Hanapēpē, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi
SELECTED PROJECTS IN WHICH MS. BEHNKE HAS HAD A PRINCIPAL ROLE OR INVOLVED IN, INCLUDE:
Long-Term Habitat Conservation Plan: Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i
KIUC HCP: Management of Minimization/Mitigation Project Implementation, Kauaʻi, Hawai‘i
Kauaʻi Seabird Habitat Conservation Program (KSHCP), Līhuʻe Hawaiʻi
Nihoku Ecosystem Restoration Project, Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi
Sublethal Inorganic Contaminants in Pacific Scoters, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project Radar Surveys to Monitor Populations of Newell’s Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels on Kauaʻi
Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project Exploratory Field Surveys to Locate Breeding Colonies of Newell’s Shearwaters, Hawaiian Petrels, and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi
Long-term Offshore Monitoring of Marbled Murrelets, Crescent Coastal Research, Brookings to Astoria, Oregon
Long-term Offshore Monitoring of Marbled Murrelets, PSW Research Station, Redwood Sciences Laboratory, Coast of Central Oregon to Northern California
Publications and technical reports include:
- Young, L.C., J.H. Behnke, E.A. VanderWerf, A.F. Raine, C. Mitchell, C.R. Kohley, M. Dalton, M. Mitchell, H. Tonneson, M. DeMotta, G.Wallace, H. Nevins, and K. Uyehara. In prep. The Nihoku Ecosystem Restoration Project: A case study in predator proof fencing, ecosystem restoration and seabird translocation. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit Technical Report, University of Hawaiʻi, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. 81 pp.
- Troy, J.R., N.D. Holmes, T. Joyce, J.L.H. Behnke, and C.M. Green. 2016. Characteristics associated with Newell's Shearwater (Puffinus newelli) and Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sanwichensis) burrows on Kaua‘i, Hawaiʻi, USA. Waterbirds 39(2): 199-204.
- Behnke, J.L.H. 2015. Exposure of wintering scoters to sublethal inorganic contaminants in Puget Sound, Washington (Master’s thesis). University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale.
- Anders, A.D., M.E. Laut, J. Hallman. 2010. Ka‘ula Island ship-based seabird and marine mammal surveys, 27-28 June 2010. Prepared for Commander, Pacific Fleet. NAVFAC Pacific.
- Pepi, V.E., A. Kumar, M.E. Laut, J. Hallman, J. Kim, and A.D. Anders. 2009. Ka‘ula Island ship-based seabird and marine mammal surveys, 21-22 July 2009. Prepared for Commander, Pacific Fleet. NAVFAC Pacific. 29 pp.